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- 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".
Starring: Keith Carradine and Harvey Keitel. Directed by Ridley Scott. Fencing is a science. Loving is a passion. Duelling is an obsession.
We came here to kill each other. Any ground is suitable for that.
You've insulted me!
I have strained my patience in order NOT to insult you.
I demand an apology!
Would you let them spit on Napoleon Bonaparte?
Bonaparte? I fail to see what Bonaparte has to do with this.
[to d'Hubert about his situation with Feraud]
You cannot fight, one: if you're in different places; physical impossibility. Two: if you're of different ranks; breach of discipline. And three: if the State is at war; duels of nations take absolute precedence. Therefore, keep away from him, keep ahead of him and put your trust in Bonaparte.
[to d'Hubert] Nothing cures a duellist.