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The Duellists

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Ridley Scott

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About the Movie

Keith Carradine and Harvey Keitel star in this dramatic film about two officers in Napoleon's army who violently confront each other in a series of duels. The duels begin as a reaction to a minor incident and escalate into a consuming passion that rules the lives of both men for a period of 30 years. Based on Joseph Conrad's story, The Duellists explores the themes of obsession, honor and violence. This visually breathtaking film weaves a compelling story through to an unexpected outcome. It was awarded "Best Debut Film" at the 1977 Cannes Film Festival.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 24
  • Fresh: 22
  • Rotten: 2
  • Average Rating: 7.2/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: It is precise, intelligent, civilized, and because it never for a moment mistakes its narrative purpose. – Vincent Canby, New York Times, Jun 3, 2012

Fresh: Keitel is jaunty and menancing and Carradine more determined and a bit troubled but also caught up in this strange need of one to prove honor and the other slaking a twisted nature. – Variety Staff, Variety, Jun 3, 2012

Fresh: Scott gets strong performances from his supporting cast (Quick is sensual and effective) and is able to salvage the movie through the alchemy of the striking visuals. – Mark Chalon Smith, Los Angeles Times, Jun 3, 2012

Fresh: The richness of Scott's visuals, the excellence of the performances and the depth of the themes combine to make a minor masterpiece. – David Hughes, Empire Magazine, Jun 3, 2012

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Customer Reviews

I've loved this movie for years

What a wonderful start to Ridley Scott's career. This movie is beautifully filmed and the story grabs hold of you from the first duel to the last. Over the past 20 years I have seen this movie 5-10 times, it is a must to own.

Great film

Another great film from Ridley Scott! Warning: The download for this movie is the same quality as streaming it. The download is not 1080p.

Ridley Scott at his best

This gem of a film started Ridley Scott's awesome film career and it shines. A top film with great performances. It's a wonderful adaptation of Joseph Conrad's story.

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