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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 ... 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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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:

1974 (USA) See more »

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Doesn't break new ground, but still good.
12 December 2017 | by BezenbySee all my reviews

Horst Frank witnesses Horst Frank being shot while hiding in a box. A George Harrison lookalike leaps over an entire building while shooting bounty hunters. A pox ridden gay guy guns down dozens of innocent people. What's going on? Lee Van Cleef knows, but he isn't answering any questions…at all!

Horst is the crooked mayor of Saxon City since his father (also Horst Frank) was probably, but possibly not, gunned down by George Harrison. Horst's brother is the ultra-camp murderer cleaning up loose ends and making sure the family get all the silver that George Harrison's deceased father found in the hills. Lee Van Cleef is the has-been sheriff who is out to clear George Harrison's name, indulge in a bit of banter, be as vague as humanly possible about every question he's asked, and plug him a few bad guys into the bargain.

It's a run of the mill plot that still entertains due to a full on pace, loads of interesting characters, and of course a duel at the end. Good sets in this one too (especially the riverside tavern) which is something I don't say much as usually it's the same set you see over and over and over again. If you're quick you'll spot that ugly bastard that played the Beast in the reprehensible The Beast In Heat.

I guess there's a little influence of the gialli here as the you've got the mystery of who killed Horst Frank's father Horst Frank. I'm just glad they didn't try to turn the "Lee Van Cleef partnering up with a young guy" plot and turn it into a comedy.


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