PG | | Drama, War
France, 1801. Due to a minor, perceived slight mild-mannered Lieutenant d'Hubert is forced into a duel with the hot-headed, irrational Lieutenant Feraud. The disagreement ultimately results in scores of duels, spanning several years.
According to Ridley Scott, Paramount Pictures gave him a list of four actors from which to choose for the two leads, which he had to agree to in order to receive financing. Scott selected Carradine and Keitel, then spent several months trying to convince them to accept the roles.
The duellist demands satisfaction. Honour, for him, is an appetite. This story is about an eccentric kind of hunger. It is a true story and begins in the year that Napoleon Bonaparte became ruler of France.
When Carradine is meeting with Finney, who sits down in a chair in front of a mirror, the very top of the camera is visible in the bottom of the mirror, as he sits down in his chair.
Opening credits prologue: STRASBOURG 1800