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Duel At Diablo [DVD] [1966]

James Garner , Sidney Poitier , Ralph Nelson    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: James Garner, Sidney Poitier, Bibi Andersson, Dennis Weaver, Bill Travers
  • Directors: Ralph Nelson
  • Writers: Marvin H. Albert, Michael M. Grilikhes
  • Producers: Ralph Nelson, Fred Engel
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, Dutch, Swedish, Finnish, Norwegian, Danish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English, German
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Mar 2004
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00015N57Y
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,804 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

An unlikely group of companions are thrown together to fight off an imminent Apache attack on Diablo canyon: an embittered army scout (James Garner), seeking revenge for the death of his Comanche wife; an ex-cavalry sergeant and expert horse-breaker (Sidney Poitier); and a racist bigot (Dennis Weaver) and his runaway wife (Bibi Anderson).

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Cowboys 'n' Injuns 27 May 2003
This tough and dusty western is an instant classic that slams straight into the action and features one of under-rated James Garner's best performances as a cavalry scout who rescues a white woman kidnapped by the Apache, only to discover that she is then treated even worse by the whites to whom she returns.
A vital supply train of guns and ammo provides the catalyst for the violent skirmishes between inexperienced cavalry troopers and cunning redskins, while Garner tries to save the day and hunt down the man responsible for killing and scalping his Indian wife. Sidney Poitier unexpectedly comes up trumps as a former army sergeant pressed back into service, but Bill Travers as the stolid cavalry commander and the scout's best friend simply looks baffled in his tough guy role.
Director Ralph Nelson, who later found notoriety with the grisly excesses of Soldier Blue, pulls no punches in the fast-moving battle scenes or the tendancy of the Indians to torture and mutilate their captives. This is a truly wild west but buckskin-clad Garner strides through it with a style that leaves little memory of his jokey Maverick character. Garner's perfect, whether outwitting Indian pursuers, taking on a group of town thugs in a bone-crunching brawl or using his knife to persuade a gun-slinging sheriff to reveal his wife's killer.
They really don't make 'em like this any more!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DEAD END CANYON -DEEP AND DEADLY 17 July 2008
This multi-layered ,violently staged,intelligent western about an Apache uprising which catches the army by surprise is memorable and an under-rated masterpiece .

Every moment is tense and every character is a real breathing human being whether Apache,black or white.

James garner is great as the avenging scout whose Comanche wife was scalped by a white man,while Poitier is even better as the ex-soldier horse wrangler who dreams of being an entrepreuner one day,together they have to escort the army detail of 30 green soldiers across Apache land where an uprising is in progress.

Bibi anderson is the estranged wife of the indian hater Dennis Weaver ,who was abducted by Apaches and lived as a squaw till being rescued a year ago,they are both struggling to cope as outcasts and she is detested by the community,they both are totally natural in their parts .

The racial interaction is brilliantly played with the fight for survival in an immaculate action drama with great set pieces and the vast vistas of the Utah canyons with beautiful montages and great musical score.

The human drama though outweighs the technical perfection and makes this a must-see .

this is one of Garner-Poitier best ever and Travers as the army officer is memorable too ,but it is Bibi as the victim caught between two cultures and the old wizened indian chief Plata-John hoyt who bring both wisdom and sensitivity to this eternal theme of human strife .

Hugely entertaining and popular art at it's best this is Ralph Nelson at his peak ,

adapted from the Albert book~APACHE RISING,it is a scorching thriller in the heat of the Utah desert where water is more precious than blood and that defines the essential theme of human survival in this fascinating drama.

The dvd is excellent and a must buy for western and action movie fans with a liking for intelligent ,well crafted story telling .
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Duel at Diablo 6 Mar 2003
This is a real 'cracker' of a western. Filmed on location in the deserts of Mexico, this is a story of a world weary cowboy
(Garner) who rescues a woman hostage from the Apache, and finds
both he and her ostracised by the local white community and hunted by the Apache who want her back.
Poitier is the soldier at the end of his service forced to become involved one more time in order to help his friends escape from the Apache.
If you like classic westerns, then you shouldnt miss this one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Super! 13 Feb 2008
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Duel At Diablo is an outstanding western. Full of excitment with a great story line.

This tough western a classic that moves right into the action with one James Garner's best performances as a cavalry scout who rescues a white woman kidnapped by the Apache, then finds out that she is then treated as an outcast by the whites. So she returns to the Apache and her child.

Add a wagon train, Apache on the war path and the great Sidney Poiter, we have a super film.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Western??? 11 Nov 2010
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Yes, it is a classic Western in some respects, the cavalry versus the Indians in some well directed battle scenes by Ralph Nelson with some lovely scenery and good acting, in particular the Cavalry Commander(Bill Travers).

However, there is for the purist, something lacking in this Western. Maybe, it is the way Sydney Poitier is immaculately dressed, without any dust or dirt on him, even in the midst of battle. Then, at the beginning James Garner comes across Bibi Anderson in the middle of the Mexican desert, hardly looking like someone at death's door. I was not convinced by James Garner's role of an ex scout and while i found Sydney Poitiers character as a breaker in of horses colourful, it was also less than convincing especially with that glaring error of cleanliness.Dennis Weaver's performance as the "Baddie" is good but when you compare it to his performance as the Cattle Driver in "Centennial" it lacks depth.

To conclude, i did enjoy the the story theme and will keep the film in my collection.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A great western
Again this is a very good western with a slightly unusual storyline. The action sequences are very goodand the characters very believable. Read more
Published 1 month ago by colinc
5.0 out of 5 stars Duel at Diablo
Good action movie directed by Ralph Nelson. Unusual music score by jazz artist Neal Hefti . typical performance by James Grnar
Published 4 months ago by Mr. Leonard Morris
4.0 out of 5 stars Duel
I love this film, the story is good plenty of action and thrills. Lots of stars , keeps you watching to the nd
Published 10 months ago by Pat Arpino
1.0 out of 5 stars So Boring
This is such a boring film, it lacks storey and as for the acting in General l found it to be rubbish, sorry but James Garner's and Dennis Weaver's worst rolls, walk on by on this... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Gibraltar
4.0 out of 5 stars Ralph Nelson Classic
Loved this film the first time I saw it many years ago. It was great to see it again. A good western with a good sound track. Nelson gives you all you need in a good action film. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Garry Swindell
4.0 out of 5 stars Unusual and under-rated.
Dual at Diablo dispenses with the simplistic cowboys vs indians or baddie vs goodies theme of so many formularic Western offerings . Read more
Published 18 months ago by Kevin Dawson
5.0 out of 5 stars Duty and Revenge!
James Garner is excellent in Duel at Diablo. He's a true hero type, who can't but try and save the damsel in distress or anybody else, while his personal mission of revenge bubbles... Read more
Published 24 months ago by j.r
5.0 out of 5 stars favourate film
i have always loived james garner in films and consider this one of his best ,also it is a western of a better quality than we have seen
Published on 2 Mar 2012 by s robinson
4.0 out of 5 stars You will be alive when I bury you in the grave of my son.
Duel at Diablo is directed by Ralph Nelson and co-adapted to screenplay by Michael M. Grilikhes & Marvin H. Albert from Albert's own novel, Apache Rising. Read more
Published on 26 Aug 2011 by Spike Owen
5.0 out of 5 stars great duel
this is a very enjoyable and puts across a few very good points like "do you think they (the indians) will stop on the resevation" to which the reply is "why should they". Read more
Published on 24 Aug 2011 by JandP
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