The Duellists (1977)

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TitleThe Duellists
Year1977
CountryUnited Kingdom
GenreHistory (Movies)
CollectionMartial Arts
Run Time1h 40 min
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In Strasbourg in 1800, fervent Bonapartist and obsessive duellist Lieutenant Gabriel Feraud of the French 7th Hussars, nearly kills the nephew of the city’s mayor in a sword duel. Under pressure from the mayor, Brigadier-General Treillard orders one of his staff officers, Lieutenant Armand d’Hubert of the 3rd Hussars, to put Feraud under house arrest. However, Feraud takes it as a personal insult when d’Hubert tells him he is under arrest at the house of Madame de Lionne, a prominent local lady. Matters are made worse when d’Hubert doesn’t immediately reply when asked by Feraud if he would “let them spit on Napoleon”. Upon reaching his quarters, Feraud challenges d’Hubert to a duel. The result is inconclusive; d’Hubert slashes Feraud’s forearm but he is attacked by Feraud’s mistress before he can finish him off. As a result of the fight, the General dismisses d’Hubert from his staff and returns him to active duty with his regiment.

The war interrupts the quarrel and the two do not meet again until six months later in Augsburg in 1801. Feraud immediately challenges d’Hubert to another duel with small swords and seriously wounds him. While recovering, d’Hubert takes lessons from a fencing master and in the next duel (held in a cellar with heavy sabres), the two men fight each other to a bloody standstill. Soon afterwards, d’Hubert is relieved to learn he has been promoted to captain, as military discipline forbids officers of different ranks from duelling.

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Cast:

Keith Carradine Keith Carradine
Armand d'Hubert
Harvey Keitel Harvey Keitel
Gabriel Feraud
Robert Stephens Robert Stephens
Gen. Treillard
Tom Conti Tom Conti
Dr. Jacquin
John McEnery John McEnery
Amiable Second

In Strasbourg in 1800, fervent Bonapartist and obsessive duellist Lieutenant Gabriel Feraud of the French 7th Hussars, nearly kills the nephew of the city’s mayor in a sword duel. Under pressure from the mayor, Brigadier-General Treillard orders one of his staff officers, Lieutenant Armand d’Hubert of the 3rd Hussars, to put Feraud under house arrest. However, Feraud takes it as a personal insult when d’Hubert tells him he is under arrest at the house of Madame de Lionne, a prominent local lady. Matters are made worse when d’Hubert doesn’t immediately reply when asked by Feraud if he would “let them spit on Napoleon”. Upon reaching his quarters, Feraud challenges d’Hubert to a duel. The result is inconclusive; d’Hubert slashes Feraud’s forearm but he is attacked by Feraud’s mistress before he can finish him off. As a result of the fight, the General dismisses d’Hubert from his staff and returns him to active duty with his regiment.

The war interrupts the quarrel and the two do not meet again until six months later in Augsburg in 1801. Feraud immediately challenges d’Hubert to another duel with small swords and seriously wounds him. While recovering, d’Hubert takes lessons from a fencing master and in the next duel (held in a cellar with heavy sabres), the two men fight each other to a bloody standstill. Soon afterwards, d’Hubert is relieved to learn he has been promoted to captain, as military discipline forbids officers of different ranks from duelling.

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