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The Duellists (1977)

PG  |   |  Drama, War  |  December 1977 (UK)
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A duel between two feuding Napoleonic officers eventually evolves into a decades-long series of duels, after each bout - for various reasons - ends unresolved.



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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 <>

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


Drama | War


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December 1977 (UK)  »

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Duellists  »

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$900,000 (estimated)

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D'Hubert wears the uniform of the 3rd Hussars regiment whilst Feraud wears that of the 7th. There were as many as twelve regiments of Hussars in the Naploeonic army at its height. Their role as light cavalry was mainly scouting and skirmishing. They regarded themselves as the elite of the cavalry, although many saw them as reckless wild cards. Their colourful uniforms and glamorous, devil-may-care attitude was attractive to the ladies and consequently they also had reputations for licentious behaviour that often preceded them. They were renowned for their fighting spirit and fiercely guarded code of honour. The film captures all of these elements to various degrees. See more »


When Carradine is meeting with Finney, who sits down in a chair in front of a mirror, the very top of the camera is visible in the bottom of the mirror, as he sits down in his chair. 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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Just great
29 March 2004 | by (Austria) – See all my reviews

A really wonderful movie that lives from the great script, the exceptionally good actors (from the major to the minor roles), the very well done directing and an outstanding score. The cast is really good, from the main actors to Diana Quick and to such interesting and sadly underrated actors as Morgan Sheppard and Liz Smith. This movie shows that, provided with a good script, Ridley Scott once was able to do really good movies. If you think this movie is heartless just compare this debut with the first movie done by Ridley's brother Tony, the hollow "The Hunger". The only drawback is his taste for sometimes overdone and unnatural photography. The script is surprisingly faithful to the original story by Joseph Conrad (that one really should read). If you are looking for a movie full of style and grace you will find it here!

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