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Duel at Diablo (1966)

Approved | | Drama, Thriller, Western | 18 June 1966 (Japan)
In Apache territory, a supply Army column heads for the next fort, an ex-scout searches for the killer of his Indian wife, and a housewife abandons her husband in order to rejoin her Apache lover's tribe.

Director:

Ralph Nelson

Writers:

Marvin H. Albert (screenplay), Michael M. Grilikhes (screenplay) (as Michel M. Grilikhes) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
James Garner ... Jess Remsberg
Sidney Poitier ... Toller
Bibi Andersson ... Ellen Grange
Dennis Weaver ... Willard Grange
Bill Travers ... Lt. Scotty McAllister
William Redfield ... Sgt. Ferguson
John Hubbard ... Maj. Novac
Ralph Nelson ... Col. Foster (as Alf Elson)
Bill Hart ... Cpl. Harrington
John Hoyt ... Chata
Eddie Little Sky ... Alchise
John Crawford ... Clay Dean
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Storyline

Lieutenant McAllister is ordered to transport several ammunition wagons to another fort through Apache territory with only a small troop of rookie soldiers to guard them. Along for the ride is ex-scout Jess Remsberg who is trying to track down Ellen Grange, who, having recently been freed from Apache captivity, has mysteriously run off again to rejoin them. Remsberg frees Ellen again and leaves her with the embattled soldiers as he rides off to the fort, not only for help, but to find the man who killed and scalped his Indian wife. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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Taglines:

Afraid to turn their backs on each other they fought side by side against the Indian! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 June 1966 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Ralph Nelson's Duel at Diablo See more »

Filming Locations:

Monument Valley, Arizona, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (DeLuxe)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

In 1964 it was announced that Director Ralph Nelson and Sidney Poitier, the Oscar-winning star and the director of Lilies of the Field (1963) would be re-teaming for "The Seventh File", an F.B.I. thriller. That project never came to pass, but Nelson and Poitier teamed up for this film. See more »

Goofs

Apaches never would have left pony tracks across the trail to alert the soldiers to their presence. They would have crossed the trail either behind or way ahead of the cavalry and not given away their presence, or had someone wipe out the tracks. And having spotted the tracks heading to the canyon, the cavalry never would have entered the canyon without posting troops along the rim. See more »

Quotes

Ellen Grange: You're going to kill me.
Chata: No. You will be alive when I bury you in the grave of my son.
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Crazy Credits

The United Artists logo is sliced off the screen with a bloody Calvary Saber, slicing an "X" across the screen, revealing the opening scene. At the end, the same saber slices the live picture away, as (sort of) a fade out. See more »

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Referenced in Guns for Hire: The Making of 'The Magnificent Seven' (2000) See more »

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A diverting old-school western adventure
28 June 2005 | by NewEnglandPatSee all my reviews

United Artists' western is a rough-and-tumble affair of vengeance, pitched battles between cavalry and Indians, and torture. The action, and there's plenty of it, takes place in the beautiful expanses of southern Utah, the landscape of which consists of every earthen color, to brilliant effect. The main plot has an army scout searching high and low for his Indian wife's killer, and events conspire to have the two men riding with a cavalry troop, although each man is unaware of exactly what drives the other. James Garner and Sidney Poitier head a good cast, but Poitier's character seems out of place in the film. Garner is smitten with a white woman who was captured by the Indians, which creates further tensions in the cavalry patrol. The cinematography is excellent and the stunning vistas of the old west are on grand display. The only drawback to this adventure is Neal Hefti's music score. The jazzy musical accompaniment seems more suited to a made-for-television special than a major western film.


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