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The Grand Duel (1972)

Il grande duello (original title)
R | | Western | 1974 (USA)
A grizzled ex-sheriff helps a man framed for murder to confront the powerful trio of brothers who want him dead.

Director:

Giancarlo Santi

Writer:

Ernesto Gastaldi (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lee Van Cleef ... Sheriff Clayton
Alberto Dentice Alberto Dentice ... Philip Vermeer (as Peter O'Brien)
Jess Hahn ... Bighorse the Stagecoach Driver
Horst Frank ... David Saxon / Patriarch Samuel Saxon
Klaus Grünberg Klaus Grünberg ... Adam Saxon (as Klaus Grunberg)
Antonio Casale Antonio Casale ... Holk (as Antony Vernon)
Marc Mazza Marc Mazza ... Sheriff Eli Saxon
Dominique Darel ... Elizabeth
Alessandra Cardini Alessandra Cardini ... Anita (as Sandra Cardini)
Gastone Pescucci Gastone Pescucci ... Borghese the Caretaker
Elvira Cortese Elvira Cortese ... Madame Oro
Anna Maria Gherardi Anna Maria Gherardi ... Saxon's Girl
Hans Terofal Hans Terofal ... Jo Barrel
Salvatore Baccaro ... Saloon Servant
Remo Capitani Remo Capitani ... Bounty Killer (as Ray O'Connor)
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Storyline

Philipp Wermeer has been framed for the murder of a powerful figure known as The Patriarch. Wermeer escapes, but the three Saxon brothers, sons of The Patriarch, have arranged for a large bounty on Wermeer's head. Clayton is a grizzled ex-sheriff stripped of his office in Jefferson after refusing to acknowledge Wermeer's guilt. During a series of fire-fights, Clayton contrives to help Wermeer escape from attacks of bounty-hunters. Together, the two make their way to Jefferson, where they can confront the three powerful Saxon brothers, and reveal the surprising truth about who killed The Patriarch. Written by Charles Delacroix

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Italy | West Germany | France

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

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Modern high-voltage transmission towers are clearly visible behind the Saxon brothers during the climactic showdown. See more »

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Madame Oro, Stage Passenger: Hey Driver, can't you put the fear of God into those mules of yours?
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Average Italo Western with Lee Van Cleef and Barry Gibb (just kidding)
12 September 2016 | by WuchakkSee all my reviews

Released in 1972 (1974 in the USA) and directed by Giancarlo Santi, "The Grand Duel" is a Spaghetti Western starring Lee Van Cleef as a grizzled ex-sheriff who helps a framed man (that looks like Barry Gibb from the Bee Gees) confront the politically powerful trio of brothers who want him slain.

This is an okay Euro-oater, but nothing to write home about. Van Cleef is stalwart as the grim hero, of course, and the three sibling villains are interesting, particularly the whacko effeminate one who massacres scores of settlers with a Gatling gun. The titular confrontation of the climax is akin to the gunfight at the O.K. Corral, albeit with one person against three. In the female department, Dominique Darel and Alessandra Cardini are on hand as Elisabeth and Anita respectively, both good-looking in different ways, but their presence is never capitalized on. 'Barry Gibb' is fine as the secondary protagonist. There are some curious over-the-top sequences, like a character catching a bullet with his teeth and someone else being catapulted, which seem incongruous with the generally serious-but-quirky proceedings.

The movie runs 98 minutes and was shot in Uliveto Terme, Vicopisano, Pisa, Tuscany, Italy, and Elios Studios in Rome.

GRADE: C


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