Duel at Diablo

Duel at Diablo

Ralph Nelson (1966)

A Certificate


Our Score
Co-producer/director Ralph Nelson's well-intentioned attempt to liberalise the western explores racist themes using an international cast. Unfortunately, it doesn't quite succeed, partly because the eclectic casting (including Swede Bibi Andersson and Brit Bill Travers) gets in the way of the authenticity. There is plenty of action, however, and a considerable amount of violence, as a cavalry troop escorting a wagon train of explosives out west is beset by hostile Apaches and riven by internal racial conflict. Sidney Poitier looks ill at ease, but a grim and quietly snarling James Garner provides the strength of the movie, making one wish he'd played more straight western roles before launching into a series of western spoofs. Nelson would repeat this formula to greater commercial success in 1970 with Soldier Blue, an even more explicitly violent movie.


A frontier scout takes on the dangerous task of leading a wagon train through hostile territory to the safety of a cavalry fort. He believes the man who murdered his wife is in hiding at their destination and hopes to get revenge - but as he learns the truth about her death, he must also defend the travellers against Apache renegades. Western, starring James Garner and Sidney Poitier.

Cast & Crew

Jess Remsberg James Garner
Toller Sidney Poitier
Lieutenant McAllister, "Scotty" Bill Travers
Ellen Grange Bibi Andersson
Willard Grange Dennis Weaver
Sergeant Ferguson William Redfield
Chata John Hoyt
Clay Dean John Crawford
Major Novak John Hubbard
Norton Kevin Coughlin (1)
Tech Jay Ripley
Casey Jeff Cooper
Nyles Ralph Bahnsen
Swenson Bobby Crawford
Director Ralph Nelson
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: United Artists Corp. LtdGuidance: Contains violence.Available on: video and DVD