The Long Duel (1967)

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To protest against British oppression and tyranny a tribal leader becomes a bandit.


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  • Charlotte Rampling and Trevor Howard in The Long Duel (1967)
  • Yul Brynner in The Long Duel (1967)
  • Charlotte Rampling in The Long Duel (1967)
  • Charlotte Rampling and Jeremy Lloyd in The Long Duel (1967)
  • Yul Brynner in The Long Duel (1967)
  • Trevor Howard in The Long Duel (1967)

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3 October 2016 | Leofwine_draca
5
| Flawed but occasionally engaging British adventure
THE LONG DUEL is a British adventure film about an Indian uprising in the 19th century presided over by a bandit leader played by the inimitable Yul Brynner. Watching it these days, it's clear that this is a very dated production, and perhaps the film was picked out for merciless spoofing in the excellent CARRY ON UP THE KHYBER.

However, it isn't a bad film, just not one of the best of the genre. It suffers from being overlong and too slow, with long scenes that drag out between the important bits. Still, the viewer is treated to the spectacle of Brynner doing his patented action man routine and Trevor Howard acting against him as the classic stiff-upper-lip Brit with a heart. Supporting actors include Harry Andrews as the idiot in charge, more minor roles for Hammer players including Andrew Keir, George Pastell, and the lovely Imogen Hassall, and the appearance of a surprisingly young Charlotte Rampling.

The action elements of the film are handled pretty well with the usual excitement. A set-piece attack on a train is a highlight here, as is the fiery ambush on the British barracks, but the film only really kicks into top gear at the excellent large-scale climax. Moments of occasional heart and poignancy make this worth a watch, meanwhile.

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