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Grande duello, Il

From The Spaghetti Western Database

Il grande duello (Italy, Germany, France 1972 / Director: Giancarlo Santi)

  • Runtime: 100 min
  • Release Dates: 29.12.1972 (West Germany) | 9.2.1973 (Italy)

Also known as

The Grand Duel (U.S.A.) | Storm Rider (U.S.A.) | Hell's Fighters (U.K.) | Drei Vaterunser für vier Halunken (Germany) | O Grande Duelo (Portugal) | El gran duelo (Spanish) | Gran duello al amanecer (Spain) | Le grand duel (France) | Den Stora Duellen (Sweden) | Suuri kaksintaistelu (Finland) | Sabata, o Justiceiro (Brazil) | Keravnos kato apo ton ilio (Greece) | Monomahia mehri thanatou (Greece) | Veliki dvoboj (Yugoslavia) | Velký souboj (Czech Republic) | The Big Showdown | The Loner | The Great Duel

Cast and Crew

  • Cast: Lee Van Cleef (Sheriff Clayton), Horst Frank (David Saxon / Patriarch), Alberto Dentice [as Peter O'Brien](Phillip Vermeer/Newland), Marc Mazza (Eli Saxon / Joe Buck), Jess Hahn (Big Horse / Anthony Peacock), Antonio Casale [as Antony Vernon](Hoak / Hole / Skinny), Klaus Grünberg (Adam Saxon / Jeff), Dominique Darel (Elisabeth), Alessandra Cardini [as Sandra Cardini](Anita), Gastone Pescucci (Borghese), Elvira Cortese (Madame Oro), Anna-Maria Gherardi (Saxon's girl), Hans Terofal (Jo Barrel), Mimmo Rizzo (undertaker), Giovanni Filidoro (Old John), Remo Capitani [as Ray O'Connor](Saxon henchman), Angelo Susani (bounty killer), Vittorio Sancisi, Memè Perlini [as Amelio Perlini], Piergiorgio Plebani, Giancarlo Badessi (one-eyed waystation owner), Franco Balducci (Bull's friend), Giovanni Cianfriglia, Clemente Cipriano, Bob Clark (deputy), Gianni Di Segni, Franco Fantasia (bounty killer), Luigi Antonio Guerra, Luigi Masinori, Michelangelo Mastroni, Furio Meniconi (hangman), Maria Teresa Piaggio (whore), Ottorino Polentini (bounty killer), Luigi Scavran, Giorgio Trestini (Bull), Salvatore Baccaro (Saxon henchman in saloon)
  • Story: Ernesto Gastaldi
  • Screenplay: Ernesto Gastaldi
  • Cinematography: Mario Vulpiani [Eastmancolor - CinemaScope 2,35:1]
  • Music: Luis Bacalov
  • Producer: Henryk Choroscicki, Ettore Rosboch

The Film

Il Grande Duello is the original title of this Italian/French/West German production. The titular duel pits hard-bitten gunslinger Clayton (Lee Van Cleef) against the equally gritty Saxon (Horst Frank). Before this takes place, however, Clayton champions the cause of Newland (Peter O'Brien) a young punk who'd been framed on a murder charge. One of the beauties of the spaghetti western genre is that there were seldom any clearly defined Good or Bad Guys. This helped to keep the audience guessing as to the ultimate outcome of the film, thereby increasing the entertainment value tenfold.

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