Duel at Diablo

1966

Action / Western

46
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 59%
IMDb Rating 6.7 10 2401

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Cast

James Garner as Jess Remsberg
Sidney Poitier as Toller
Dennis Weaver as Willard Grange
Richard Farnsworth as Wagon Driver #1
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1hr 43 min
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1hr 43 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by verbusen 7 / 10

Exploitative Western with Racial Morality Themes

I DVR'd films with James Garner in it, and this film was recorded from the MGM channel as a result. When it started with the Bowie knife slashing the screen, I knew this would be a different western. The title cards were really weird, they used a white font similar to those I've seen on low budget drive in films next to a custom dark font that just seemed weird but interesting, it beckoned low budget to me. Then I watched the aerial shots of the beautiful scenery, which were amazing in HD, good job by MGM in presenting this film, watch it in this format and not on low quality like on a Youtube, it's a difference to the overall enjoyment. So I quickly reasoned, yes it's kind of low budget but the people involved considered it more then just a cheap western. The next scene starts with violence and graphic (for the time) torture, I knew pretty fast that this would be exploitative as far as the action goes. Spoilers, I predicted to my wife when the soldiers are riding out on the mission that 90 percent would die, and I nailed it. The morality tales concern race and mixed race relationships. The Indians are presented as really ruthless and willing to be killed off in droves which seemed over the top. The arrows are shown multiple times hitting soldiers in all body parts, however they did that, it was a very effective effect. I'm guessing they played the arrow scenes in reverse. Funny blooper that I caught, Poitier is twirling his pistol and when he puts the gun back in the holster he misses the holster and has to quickly pull it back and reset it. I'm surprised that wasn't re-shot but I guess the low budget comes into play. The woman character is played by a European with a thick accent and so is the Army Officer, which lowered my suspension of belief but I guess is plausible. Poitier's role seems unnecessary since the racial morality is already being addressed with the white woman and her mixed race child, luckily, it doesn't get over the top on the morality issues to the point that it detracts from the action. I noticed only one other black soldier and he has no lines and is only seen briefly which also made me question why Poitier is the only Buffalo Soldier around. Weaver's role is schizophrenic, one scene he's a total bigot, the next scene a caring husband. For those who like character actor roles, I enjoyed seeing William Redfield, he reminds me in this movie of a character I would be like, realistic. There is a tread in there about Garner's murdered Indian wife that loosely ties it all together but there are some bad plot holes and character motivations that I didn't think were realistic. With all that said, the film is entertaining and if you are looking for some good action check it out. 7 of 10, for this unconventional western, entertaining.

Reviewed by mark.waltz 5 / 10

The war for survival takes many victims.

Natives of the continent now known as North America had to get guns somewhere, and it took the white man to see that they got them. Trading with the "Indians" didn't bring cash, but other products or sources of food that the white man wanted. Other white men came in, stealing land and other goods, and as civilized society moved west, it was accompanied by a lust for blood. In this western, the conflict between the Apaches and European immigrants turned more violent. James Garner, finding out that his Comanche wife has been scalped, helps out the Swedish Bibi Anderson who became the mistress of an Apache warrior after being separated by arrogant husband Dennis Weaver. With the war between the Apaches and army growing, the transfer of weapons to other troops becomes a struggle it itself with the Indians on their trail, and the battle for survival begins.

Enjoyable as a film but disturbing as reflection of our history, this leaves me with mixed emotions. The presence of Sidney Poitier as a well dressed black man involved in the transfer of weapons is simply star status added to the film because his character has no real impact on the plot line other than to seem to keep pulling Garner out of scrapes. British Bill Travets ("Born Free") is an odd casting choice as the leader of this mission.

Beautifully filmed on Utah locations, thus must have been stunning on the big screen. The canyons are majestic and the country side truly cinematic. A tense moment occurs as arrow attacks by an unseen enemy begins to blur the soldier's vision because of the hot, bright sun. If this is one of the films that made Brando take notice of the mistreatment of native Americans in films and protest by turning down an Oscar, I would not be too surprised. It never explains why the Apaches were so bloody, only treating them continuously like savages.

Reviewed by Bruce Grilikhes (bcgme) 9 / 10

Best Western (not the hotel)

One of my favorite westerns, really for the cast, as you have great character actors who really believed in the westerns of yesteryear. They felt like they were the cowboys and cowgirls, and riding the horses and shooting the guns was more natural to them, then having to spend 3 months training with arms specialists. I also like the screenplay, but there I am prejudice as it was written by my father, Michel M. Grilikhes, who loved westerns also.

Its very hard to see James Garner in a western movie and not remember him in his giant role on television as Bret Maverick on Maverick, If my memory is correct I think he lasted for 2 or 3 years, then had a fight for more money lost and moved on, too bad because the show really turned into his show, not the Brothers Maverick show. I don't think as a child I missed an episode.

Another cast member was Sidney Poitier, not with a giant part but he was a giant actor at this time already with an Academy award in his pocket and many nominations and great roles like Porgy and Bess. Actually, he was nominated for Top Male Action Performance for Duel at Diablo

The film was shot in the beautiful state of Utah with some of the most wonderful scenery in the world, perfect for the frontier days, as thats where the Mormons traveled through, some staying and some continuing on their wagon train! Great all round film!

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