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March 1, 2016
This is an ok Western which is actually pretty violent. he main attraction is the cast which includes Sidney Poitier, James Garner, Bibi Andersson(Bergman's "Persona") and Dennis Weaver(Spielberg's "Duel"). For fans of he genre, or the actors only.
September 18, 2013
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.
September 3, 2013
This western teamed up two great actions. James Garner, and Sidney Poitier.
½ April 21, 2012
This movie was enjoyable. James Garner was a good actor in this movie. It sure have a lot of Apache gun fights in it. The cavalry got ambush. It was a good movie after all.
October 9, 2011
February 17, 2011
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.
½ September 6, 2010
Forgettable western that does a poor job at narration, as well as a weak attempt to bring up racial issues.
May 5, 2010
i have this movie will never get sick of it
February 25, 2010
One of the best westerns of the 1960's. Not as famous as some but i enjoyed it much more than most.
½ January 10, 2010
James Garner broke out of his mild-mannered MAVERICK mold to topline director Ralph Nelson's savage cavalry versus the Indians western saga DUEL AT DIABLO that co-starred Sidney Poitier and Dennis Weaver. Rugged Jess Remsberg (James Garner of THE GREAT ESCAPE) has been searching for the man who scalped his Indian wife and he finally catches up with the dastard. Along the way he finds himself up to his neck in an Indian war. Sidney Poitier is cast against the grain as Toller, a ex-cavalryman with an army contract now to break cavalry remounts. He has to break the last few horses traveling with a cavalry column plunging smack into an Indian war. Willard Grange (Dennis Weaver of GUNSMOKE) plays an intolerant businessmen who has grown to hate his wife, Ellen Grange (Swedish actress Bibi Andersson of WILD STRAWBERRIES)because she decided to live with her Indian captors rather than commit suicide. Moreover, she has had a son with Chata (John Hoyt of BRUTE FORCE) who wants his son back and is prepared to slaughter whites to get the boy. Even after Jess rescue her and brings her back to her jealous husband, Ellen escapes again with her half-breed son and goes back to the Indians. Lt. Scotty McAllister (Bill Travers of BORN FREE) commands a column of green recruits that he must lead to a distant fort. Willard Grange accompanies them and the Apaches attack them in route. The jazz-flavored Neal Hefti soundtrack enhances the action.
August 11, 2009
Set in the Utah desert this is a really good Western. James Garner, Sidney Portier, Dennis Weaver and Bibi Anderson make up a fine cast for this movie. The soundtrack is also one of my favorites. If you want to see a good Western with a good plot ... I suggest this one. Plus, it's not your typical "John Wayne" type movie. This has a distiction all of its own.
Super Reviewer
½ July 20, 2009
Ralph Nelson gained a lot of experience as a television director in the early days. He has also teamed up with Sidney Poitier several times. I have enjoyed all of the films I've seen directed by Nelson, not as the most excellent overall piece of film work, but through the believable performances he draws out of his actors.

Andersson plays a frontier woman who was captured by the Apache. She discovers they are not savages and that their way of life is very satisfying. When she is re-kidnapped by white soldiers, her life becomes hell. As expected from this frontier culture, everyone hates or avoids her as if she's been infested with some disease from spending time with the Indians. Everyone thinks she must be a spoiled woman since the savages probably used her as a whore, including her trader husband. She makes several attempts to run back to the Apache, but they consider her a traitor because they think she went back willingly with the white people. She's caught in between these two cultures at war. A major theme of the story is universal Xenophobia. But then the chief threatens to bury her alive for being a traitor, so the Indians are shown to be more savage in the end. And to top it all off, Andersson does have a mixed baby from her time with the Apache tribe.

The rest of the ensemble is well developed and provides the adventure and framework. Garner plays a freelance scout who often contracts with the army. He is an expert in the terrain and knows something about Apache strategy since he was married to an Indian woman. He sympathizes with Andersson and is a loner himself because he's never felt welcome in either culture. He's also out for revenge against a white man who scalped his wife. Poitier is a retired army sergeant who has taken up saddle-breaking horses for a living. He's the rare black man on the frontier who is well educated, well dressed, and well respected by almost everyone. Travers plays a Scottish Lieutenant who is charged with training some new recruits and transporting a wagon full of munitions and explosives to another fort across Apache territory. Weaver plays Andersson's husband and he has a wagon of goods he wants to trade at the other fort too. The schedule is rushed forward on this dangerous mission. So instead of heading off to the other fort ahead of the army on his revenge quest, Garner is convinced to scout for the military caravan once again. Poitier has to tag along to tame some of the wild horses on the way in order to receive the remainder of his promised pay. Travers has to deal with inexperienced troops and match military strategy with the Apache chief who is determined to get a hold of the munitions wagon for himself. Weaver, the racist, comes along for the trip as well, expecting protection and just generally causing more drama.
July 12, 2009
Pretty typical Hollywood non-PC (meaning offensive) cowboys vs. indians story. Better than most by virtue of a good cast, lead by Garner and Poitier, and by well staged action set pieces.
June 21, 2009
James Garner plays comedy westerns so well its almost a disappointment to see him play one straight. He does a fine job of it, but still you miss the Garner brand humor. Sidney Poitier apparently made this right before a run of GREAT movies (In the Heat of the Night, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, etc.) and the role seems a placeholder for him. Garner and Poitier have little opportunity to develop any chemistry and I kept wondering who this guy is playing the Lieutenant and wondering if someone else dropped out at the last moment or something. Dennis Weaver is playing another nasty guy role in an early attempt to get away from his Chester Goode character. That's too bad because he's better than that.
All in all a kind of forgettable western but a decent time-killer that won't end with you throwing the disc across the room in frustration.
April 2, 2009
Bibi Andersson is hot. James Garner is badass. Sidney Poitier is a force to be reckoned with. The plot and everything else is...meh. An entertaining but forgettable western.
½ January 22, 2009
This is probly the best western about Apache or Sioux or Dakota or whatever tribes attacking a wagon beside the legendary "Stagecoah"

It helps to have James Garner on top of his game and he great Sidney Poiter too. The action was pretty good for the 60s and now i want this to be remade with better effects. Oh and Bibi Andersonn sucks
December 30, 2008
I had quite a few problems with this movie, yet there were some really great action scenes in here. James Garner is good but I failed to see the point of Poitier's character. Worth checking out for that fight between Garner and 4 guys.
December 15, 2008
no thanks not my thing
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