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The Duellists (1977)

PG | | Drama, War | February 1978 (UK)
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France, 1801. Due to a minor, perceived slight mild-mannered Lieutenant d'Hubert is forced into a duel with the hot-headed, irrational Lieutenant Feraud. The disagreement ultimately results in scores of duels, spanning several years.

Director:

Ridley Scott

Writers:

Gerald Vaughan-Hughes (screenplay), Joseph Conrad (story "The Duel")
Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Keith Carradine ... Armand d'Hubert
Harvey Keitel ... Gabriel Feraud
Albert Finney ... Fouché
Edward Fox ... Colonel
Cristina Raines ... Adèle
Robert Stephens ... Gen. Treillard
Tom Conti ... Dr. Jacquin
John McEnery ... Amiable Second
Diana Quick ... Laura
Alun Armstrong ... Lacourbe
Maurice Colbourne Maurice Colbourne ... Tall Second
Gay Hamilton Gay Hamilton ... Maid
Meg Wynn Owen ... Léonie
Jenny Runacre ... Mme. de Lionne
Alan Webb ... Chevalier
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Storyline

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 <bole@life.bio.sunysb.edu>

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

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

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Trivia

The cinematic directorial debut of Ridley Scott. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 23 mins) Faraud, loading his pistol, drops a ball into the barrel and then rams it into place. When the ball drops,a metallic sound is heard, indicating that there is no powder in the barrel. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
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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Bist du bei mir
(uncredited)
Music by Gottfried Heinrich Stölzel
(from "Notenbüchlein für Anna Magdalena Bach" No. 25. BWV 508)
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DVD Release
9 December 2002 | by cineaste-4See all my reviews

I've nothing distinctive to add to the comments below regarding the film itself. Last night, I watched THE DUELLISTS for the first time in its new DVD presentation. Immediately thereafter, I turned on Mr. Scott's commentary track and that's what I'd like to mention here.

Eight years ago, I began collecting laserdiscs which were the first format to include directors' commentaries. I was mesmerized by this feature. Once the DVD format caught hold, it seemed as if these bonus audio tracks came attached to almost every film and suddenly everyone including the costume designer was yakking away.

The best commentary tracks I've heard are provided by the director speaking to his audience, not to his DP or to his producer, and they are scene-specific. Rodriguez' amazing "how to make a low-budget film" commentary on "El Mariachi", for instance, or Scorsese's fast-paced insights that he recorded for "Raging Bull". Now I can add to this short list Ridley Scott's commentary on "Duellists". It's the opposite of coy. It's chock-full of lessons for young directors. It's lightly humorous. It's fascinating.


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Release Date:

February 1978 (UK) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Aquitaine, France See more »

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Budget:

$900,000 (estimated)
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