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The Duellists (1977)

 -  Drama | War  -  December 1977 (UK)
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Set during the grand, sweeping Napoleonic age, an officer in the French army insults another officer and sets off a life-long enmity. The two officers, D'Hubert and Feraud, cross swords ... See full summary »

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Set during the grand, sweeping Napoleonic age, an officer in the French army insults another officer and sets off a life-long enmity. The two officers, D'Hubert and Feraud, cross swords time and time again in an attempt to achieve justice and preserve their honor. Written by Greg Bole <bole@life.bio.sunysb.edu>

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Fencing is a science. Loving is a passion. Duelling is an obsession.

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Drama | War

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The Duellists  »

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$900,000 (estimated)
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The swords were hooked up to batteries to produce the sparks, and Harvey Keitel said he was heavily shocked more than once. See more »

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When d'Hubert and the doctor discuss the ways of avoiding duels with Feraud, the doctor brings two bottles of wine. He hands d'Hubert a corkscrew, but d'Hubert leans back in his chair and starts stuffing his pipe. Yet literally two seconds later the doctor also sits down and picks up a glass from the table, where an opened bottle is standing. d'Hubert has also suddenly got a full glass. See more »

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Narrator: The duellist demands satisfaction. Honour, for him, is an appetite. This story is about an eccentric kind of hunger. It is a true story and begins in the year that Napoleon Bonaparte became ruler of France.
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Music by Gottfried Heinrich Stölzel
(from "Notenbüchlein für Anna Magdalena Bach" No. 25. BWV 508)
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Terrific, beautiful film
29 December 2003 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

Harvey Keitel's muscular sociopath Feraud is a real highlight in Ridley Scott's first turn as a feature director. The story concerns a fifteen year feud between two Napoleonic era cavalry officers. The other protagonist is D'Hubert, played by Keith Carradine. D'Hubert is an honorable soldier, but no lover of war and is persecuted by the ferocious Feraud. They fight a number of duels driven by Feraud's senseless hatred and the ridiculous conventions of the time. The more intelligent and rational D'Hubert is only a reluctant participant, fighting out of a sense of honor and duty. Keith Carradine is excellent as the humanist soldier forced to battle Keitel's raging Feraud, but the real star of this movie is the exquisite photography. The last shot in particular is one of the most stunning landscape sequences you could ever hope to see. 10/10.


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