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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

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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Western

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Country:

Italy | West Germany | France

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Grand Duel See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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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English and Italian versions
24 January 2006 | by rjobrien_1943See all my reviews

The best English version on DVD is the Wild East release. The Italian print has been released on Japanese DVD by Imagica. Contentwise, these versions appear identical. Both run 90 minutes, give or take a few seconds, attributable to print damage and abrupt reel changes. The 'bloody hand print' shot present in the US trailer is missing from both versions. Presumably, the director or producers felt it was too hokey. Given the bloody gunfights, it's unlikely the shot was cut for being too gory. The film was shot in English - albeit without direct sound - making this the preferred audio choice. While Lee Van Cleef and Jess Hahn dubbed themselves, the rest of the cast have the usual 'spaghetti' dubbing, with some English accents thrown in. The Wild East DVD is taken from a faded, battered print, with plenty of dirt and scratches. Curiously, the credits are in Italian, apart from the awkwardly inserted title card. The Imagica DVD has superior picture quality, despite some heavy print damage early on. The image is sharper, the colours stronger. Question: what's the shoe-banging scene all about?


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