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Duel at Diablo

  • Drama
  • 1966
  • Ralph Nelson
  • 103 mins
  • 15

Summary

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.

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Review

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Co-producer/director Ralph Nelson's well-intentioned attempt to liberalise the western explores racist themes using an eclectic, international cast (including Swede Bibi Andersson and Brit Bill Travers). There is plenty of action and a considerable amount of violence, as a cavalry troop escorting a wagon train of explosives out west is set upon by hostile Apaches and riven by internal racial conflict. Sidney Poitier (in his first western) 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.

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Credits

Cast

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Jess RemsbergJames Garner
TollerSidney Poitier
Ellen GrangeBibi Andersson
Willard GrangeDennis Weaver
Lieutenant McAllister, "Scotty"Bill Travers
Sergeant FergusonWilliam Redfield
ChataJohn Hoyt
Clay DeanJohn Crawford
Major NovakJohn Hubbard
NortonKevin Coughlin (1)
TechJay Ripley
CaseyJeff Cooper
NylesRalph Bahnsen
SwensonBobby Crawford
AlchiseEddie Little Sky

Crew

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DirectorRalph Nelson

Details

Theatrical distributor
United Artists Corp. Ltd
Language
English
Guidance
Contains violence.
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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