Duel at Diablo (1966)





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Frontier scout Jess Remsberg (James Garner) is crossing the desert when he spots a dead army scout and group of Apaches pursuing someone -- it turns out to be a white woman, Ellen Grange (Bibi Andersson); he gets her away from them and returns her to her home and her husband Willard (Dennis Weaver), who seems much more upset that the horse she was riding when she left is dead than he is glad that she is back. Ellen was kidnapped by the Apaches two years before and rescued a year after that, and had fled a town where her husband and everyone else had treated her as an outcast since her return. Apart from preventing her from being raped by some drunken townsmen, however, Remsberg barely has time to worry over what goes on between them, as he has a mission of his own -- tracking down the men who murdered his wife, a Comanche woman. A key clue is in the hands of the town marshal in Fort Conchos and to get there he has to scout for a cavalry unit bringing horses, ammunition, and fresh recruits to the fort, with Grange and his wife -- and the infant son she had by the Indian chieftain who took her as his squaw -- going along, with ex-buffalo soldier-turned-horse wrangler Toler (Sidney Poitier). Their party ends up under siege by Chata (John Hoyt), the Apache Indian chief and grandfather to Ellen Grange's baby, who has jumped the reservation; he wants his grandson back, and the ammunition the troop was carrying, and also intends on killing Ellen for inadvertently causing the death of his son. They all end up trapped in a box canyon while Remsberg tries to survive to get help from Fort Conchos. If this all sounds complicated, it's not, especially as told by director Nelson, in a straightforward, unpretentious, brisk, and decidedly violent fashion that anticipates his own Soldier Blue, made four years later. Every plot element links up neatly in this script, which quite effectively recalls (and weaves together) elements of the book and the movie Hondo as well as any number of revenge westerns of the 1960's. ~ Bruce Eder, Rovi
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James Garner
as Jess Remsberg
Bibi Andersson
as Ellen Grange
Dennis Weaver
as Willard Grange
Bill Travers
as Lt. Scotty McAllister
William Redfield
as Sgt. Ferguson
John Hoyt
as Chata
John Crawford
as Clay Dean
John Hubbard
as Maj. Novak
Jay Ripley
as Tech
Jeff Cooper
as Casey
Bobby Crawford
as Swenson
Richard Lapp
as Forbes
Alf Elson
as Col. Foster
Dawn Little Sky
as Chata's Wife
Al Wyatt
as Miner
Bill Hart
as Cpl. Harrington
John Day
as Stableman
Phil Schumacher
as Burly Soldier
Richard Farnsworth
as 1st Wagon Driver
Joe Finnegan
as 2nd Wagon Driver
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All Critics (4)

There's secure star power with actors James Garner and Sidney Poitier, who deliver leathery performances.

Full Review… | September 26, 2014

Fails to make much hay with the racial questions that were raised.

Full Review… | April 11, 2009
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November 7, 2003
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Audience Reviews for Duel at Diablo

130918: Found this film, and the characters, a bit quirky during the first 30 + minutes. It's not bad, just found it a bit strange at the beginning. Features a couple big actors and others I swear I recognize.

John Redshaw
John Redshaw

When you hear the name Sidney Poitier, you don't think of westerns off hand. But when you add James Garner to the mix, you actually have a decent western. James Garner as Jess Remsberg & Sidney Poitier as Toller, the team up could not be more perfect. A western that is not too unique, but one that if you are a fan that you should not pass up.

Sean Read
Sean Read

Forgettable western that does a poor job at narration, as well as a weak attempt to bring up racial issues.

Zack Butson
Zack Butson

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