The Duellists (1977)
|Tagline:||Fencing is a science. Loving is a passion. Duelling is an obsession.|
|Genres:||Drama | History|
|Released:||31 August 1977 (Cannes Film Festival)|
- It was Ridley Scott's first ever feature film, which quite righly won him the "Best First Work" award at the Cannes Film Festival (and also a nomination for the "Palme d'Or"). This film launched his career, and he went on to establish himself as one of the finest ever directors.
- Awesome performances by Keith Carradine & Harvey Keitel, especially that latter, who as "Feraud" just looked like a mean mofo determined to make life hell for "D'Hubert".
- This film has to be one of the least appreciated Ridley Scott classics, but it really is an amazing film. You can see Ridley's passion for honourable sword-fighting battles which he would later return to in "Gladiator", "Kingdom of Heaven" & "Robin Hood".
- The brilliant screenplay is based on a true story "The Duel" written by Joseph Conrad (born in the 19th century). Two years after this film, the same author's novel "Heart of Darkness" would be adapted for Francis Ford Coppola's classic "Apocalypse Now".
Keith Carradine and Harvey Keitel star in Ridley Scott's feature debut, a visually ravishing drama about two officers in Napolean's army who confront each other in a series of savage duels which 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...
We came here to kill each other. Any ground is suitable for that.
[to d'Hubert about his situation with Feraud]
[to d'Hubert] Nothing cures a duellist.