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The Long Duel (1967)

To protest against British oppression and tyranny a tribal leader becomes a bandit.

Director:

Ken Annakin

Writers:

Peter Yeldham (screenplay), Ranveer Singh (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Yul Brynner ... Sultan
Trevor Howard ... Young
Harry Andrews ... Stafford
Andrew Keir ... Gungaram
Charlotte Rampling ... Jane
Virginia North ... Champa
Laurence Naismith ... McDougal
Maurice Denham ... Governor
Imogen Hassall ... Tara
Paul Hardwick ... Jamadar
Antoñito Ruiz Antoñito Ruiz ... Munnu (as Antonio Ruiz)
David Sumner David Sumner ... Gyan Singh
Rafiq Anwar Rafiq Anwar ... Pahelwan
George Pastell ... Ram Chand
Shivendra Sinha Shivendra Sinha ... Abdul
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Storyline

Superintendent Stafford of the United Provinces Police, has his men arrest an entire tribe on vague allegations of poaching and theft in British India. Their leader, Sultan, father of a young boy, Munnu, whose wife, Tara, is expecting their second child, is also arrested and held in a cell with criminals in Fort Najibabad. Sultan, Tara, and many others manage to break out, but Tara and the newborn both pass away. Sultan, with the help of his men, decides to revolt against the oppressive British - who create a mobile unit, led by Freddy Young, to counter this revolt as well as announce a reward of Rs.500.00 - but Sultan manages to elude them. Then amidst clashes between Freddy and Stafford, and the entry of Jane Stafford, it is made known that Sultan's tribe will be transported by train to a compound in Delhi. This news reaches Sultan and he prepares to attack the train and free his people - little knowing the trap he and his men will soon be walking in to. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Taglines:

The blazing passions of a land... its proud warriors... its exotic women... bursting aflame in revolt! See more »


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English | Hindi

Release Date:

12 October 1967 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Bitmeyen Kavga See more »

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Budget:

£1,000,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The old railway seen in this movie was also used in the movies Red Sun (1971), North West Frontier (1959) and Seven Guns for the MacGregors (1966). See more »

Goofs

The Vickers machine gun requires two men to operate it, as seen in the railway wagon. It could not have been operated with only one as seen in the ambush of the police troops. See more »

Quotes

Young: We all have our prejudices. Mine is this Little England mentality. The British idea of civilising a country is to make everything a bad replica of Surrey...
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Connections

Referenced in And Now My Love (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

When the World is Ready
Lyric by Don Black
Sung by Vince Hill
Music by John Scott (as Patrick John Scott) (uncredited)
Arranged and Conducted by Johnney Arthey (uncredited)
Performed by Vince Hill and Eddie Lester as the Eddie Lester Singers (uncredited)
Courtesy of Columbia / EMI (uncredited)
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Trevor Howard and Harry Andrews fight over Yul Brynner
14 December 2015 | by wilvramSee all my reviews

I saw this as a boy on its first release. It was supported by Eric Sykes' much shorter, mainly silent comedy, THE PLANK, still recalled today while DUEL soon vanished into obscurity. I enjoyed it at the time, but then all the scenery and action in colour on the big screen seemed marvellous in those days of black and white TV.

This is similar to several films of a decade earlier, notably Terence Young's ZARAK (1956) which had stony-faced Victor Mature playing the titular rebel, though Yul Brynner and his gang of mostly 'browned-up' British character actors generally do a more efficient job than their counterparts in the former production. DUEL is also set in a later period, the 1920s, reflecting a time in which the futility of British rule was becoming more apparent, but there is little that is overtly political here. Instead we get the collision of attitudes between hard-line authoritarian Harry Andrews and the liberal Trevor Howard, a familiar theme in everything from prison dramas to westerns. Both actors give their usual authoritative performances, all the more impressive given some of the uninspired writing. I always like Charlotte Rampling, but her appearance seems too modern for the time. There are lots of fights, ambushes and shoot-ups and it works on the level of a run-of-the-mill western, but who on earth came up with the idea of the cheesy pop song for the closing credits?


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