Controversial to the audience in the 1940s, Duel in the Sun becomes unbearable to contemporary viewers. Featuring love and hatred, sibling rivalry, sexual desire and the great Western desert, the film could have been a great classic. Unfortunately, the magnificent Jennifer Jones became an annoying dumbass one wishes she could behave at least with a little sense; while Gregory Peck's spoiled and exploitative character, despite the drastic difference from his established image, looks like nothing more than a sick maniac. Lillian Gish's efforts are not enough to reverse the replacement of the supposed sentiments with the wish to send the 2 protagonists to mental institutes. The only relief at the end is that the farce is finally over.