The Duellists

Closed Capationed Starring: Keith Carradine & Harvey Keitel Director: Ridley Scott  Rated: PG: Parental Guidance Suggested
The Duellists
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DVD Features:

  • Commentary by Director Ridley Scott and others
  • Boy And Bicycle, Ridley Scott's First Short Film
  • Photo Galleries
  • Storyboards
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Widescreen (Anamorphic) and Standard Screen
  • Audio: English [CC], French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Rated: PG
  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 40 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1978
  • Label: Paramount
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 1.85
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 2.0 - English
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
    • Dolby Digital Mono - French
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Audio Commentary with Isolated Score:
      1. Howard Blake - Composer
    • Audio Commentary: Ridley Scott - Director
    • Trailers: Theatrical
    • Featurette:
      1. DUELLING DIRECTORS: RIDLEY SCOTT & KEVIN REYNOLDS
      2. BOY & BICYCLE (Ridley Scott's First Short Film)
  • Interactive Features:
    • Interactive Menus
    • Scene Selection
  • Text/Photo Galleries:
    • Photo Galleries
    • Storyboards

Performers, Cast and Crew:

Starring &
Performer: , , , , , &
Directed by
Edited by
Composition by
Cinematography by
Produced by

Major Awards:

Cannes 1977 - Jury Prize

Entertainment Reviews:

Entertainment Weekly - 12/13/2002
"...The duels themselves have a visceral energy, but Scott's talents really shine in the sweeping outdoor panoramas and indoor shadowplay..."

Description by OLDIES.com:

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 savage 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 the Best Debut Film at the 1977 Cannes Film Festival.

Product Description:

"To the surprise and admiration of their fellows, two officers, like insane artists, trying to gild refined gold or paint the lily, pursued a private contest through the years of universal carnage." Thus wrote Joseph Conrad in the opening paragraphs of the story that provides the basis for Ridley Scott's first feature. During the era of the Napoleonic wars, a conflict arises between two of the emperor's cavalry officers when one of them, the aristocratic Lt. D'Hubert (Keith Carradine), is sent by his superior to deliver the message to commoner Lt. Ferraud (Harvey Keitel) that he's to be placed under house arrest for having wounded a man in another duel. Since Ferraud is with a woman at the time, he takes offense at the intrusion and challenges D'Hubert to a duel. Their match, though fierce, is without resolution. Whenever their paths cross, they continue their battle, fighting a series of six duels over the course of 14 years, paralleling Napoleon's major battles of the period. Scott's meditation focuses on the absurd vanity behind the old European code of honor--and the nature of warfare itself. All the distinguishing marks of Scott's later work is already on display here, from the meticulous re-creation of period costume, decor, and behavior to the lush, carefully composed photography.

Plot Synopsis:

Director Ridley Scott's atmospheric first feature film, set during the Napoleonic Wars, follows a pair of French officers as they fight a series of increasingly vicious duels.

Plot Keywords:

Enemies | Essential Cinema | Period Piece | Recommended | Theatrical Release | War

Production Notes:

  • Theatrical release: January 14, 1978 (N.Y.).
  • THE DUELLISTS was shown in competition at the Cannes Film Festival on May 23, 1977.

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  • UPC: 097360897548
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