Duel at Diablo (1966)

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    • Duel at Diablo (1966)



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      Information from IMDb

      Plot Summary
      Lieutenant McAllister is ordered to transport several ammunition wagons
      to another fort through Apache territory with only a small troop of rookie soldiers to guard them.
      Along for the ride is ex-scout Jess Remsberg who is trying to track down Ellen Grange,
      who, having recently been freed from Apache captivity, has mysteriously run off again
      to rejoin them. Remsberg frees Ellen again and leaves her with the embattled soldiers
      as he rides off to the fort, not only for help, but to find the man who killed
      and scalped his Indian wife.
      Written by Doug Sederberg

      Full Cast
      James Garner ... Jess Remsberg
      Sidney Poitier ... Toller
      Bibi Andersson ... Ellen Grange
      Dennis Weaver ... Willard Grange
      Bill Travers ... Lt. Scotty McAllister
      William Redfield ... Sgt. Ferguson
      John Hubbard ... Maj. Novac
      Ralph Nelson ... Col. Foster (as Alf Elson)
      Bill Hart ... Cpl. Harrington
      John Hoyt ... Chata
      Eddie Little Sky ... Alchise
      John Crawford ... Clay Dean
      Armand Alzamora ... Ramirez (uncredited)
      Ralph Bahnsen ... Trooper Nyles (uncredited)
      Jeff Cooper ... Trooper Casey (uncredited)
      Kevin Coughlin ... Norton (uncredited)
      Robert Crawford Jr. ... Trooper Swenson - Bugler (uncredited)
      John Daheim ... Stableman at Fort Creel (uncredited)
      Richard Farnsworth ... Wagon Driver #1 (uncredited)
      Joe Finnegan ... Wagon Driver #2 (uncredited)
      Richard Lapp ... Forbes (uncredited)
      Dawn Little Sky ... Chata's Wife (uncredited)
      J.R. Randall ... Crowley (uncredited)
      Jay Ripley ... Tech (uncredited)
      Phil Schumacher ... Burly Soldier (uncredited)
      Al Wyatt Sr. ... Miner (uncredited)

      Writing Credits
      Marvin H. Albert (screenplay) and
      Michael M. Grilikhes (screenplay) (as Michel M. Grilikhes)
      Marvin H. Albert (novel "Apache Rising")

      Original Music
      Neal Hefti

      Charles F. Wheeler


      As James Garner and others descend a rock wall via ropes under a full moon,
      the men each cast two shadows.

      Memorable Quotes

      Filming Locations
      Johnson Canyon, Kanab, Utah, USA
      Kanab Movie Fort, Kanab, Utah, USA
      Kanab Movie Ranch - 5001 Angel Canyon Road, Kanab, Utah, USA
      Kanab, Utah, USA
      Paria, Utah, USA
      Southern Utah, Utah, USA
      Best Wishes
      London- England

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    • Re: (New Review) Classic Movie Westerns- Duel at Diablo (1966)

      Duel at Diablo is a 1966 western film starring James Garner
      in his first Western since leaving Maverick and Sidney Poitier
      in his first Western.

      Based on Marvin H. Albert's 1957 novel Apache Rising,
      the film was written by Albert and Michael M. Grilikhes and directed by Ralph Nelson
      who had directed Poitier in Lilies of the Field.
      The supporting cast includes Bibi Andersson, Bill Travers, Dennis Weaver and John Hoyt;
      Ralph Nelson has a cameo as an Army Major.
      The movie was shot on location amidst striking scenery in Utah
      and the unique musical score was composed by Neal Hefti.

      User Review
      A Western Adventure Morality Play!
      30 July 2002 | by floridawar (Tampa, Florida)

      I first saw this movie as a small child on television, and twenty-two years later I finally got the guts to rent it last week to revisit it, and to see why I was so interested in it then. I recalled the exciting cavalry charges etc. and I even remembered the opening refrain of the strange musical score. I really enjoyed this movie unlike most of my childhood favorites. While the movie itself is alot like a John Ford Cavalry opera, it plays out alot differently. This one has more in common with the modern action movie, I think, than with most B-westerns of the 1960's. The fast pace of the movie, unearthly fates of the dead, anti-heroism of the protagonist (James Garner), and well done scenes of horse-borne combat combine to create a Western-Adventure-Morality Play that I certainly recommend. There are multiple forces at play here. Among them the bizarre, scorched desert scenery, Garner's quest for revenge for his dead Indian wife while pining over the married woman disgraced by her captivity with the Apaches, The underlying loyalty of Poitier's former soldier character to his former comrades (despite his overtly self-serving statements) contrasted with the underlying self-promoting purposes of Bill Traver's role as military commander. Too, I see shades of this one in 1993's Geronimo by Walter Hill (burning vistas, Apaches hidden in the ground, Garner's Remsberg character in Duval's Al Seiber etc.) The musical score is off-beat for standard western fare, but who needs more drum beats, flutes, and rattles?! I think the score compliments the movie well, and is perhaps the best indicator that this production thinks outside of the box, even if it remains within it subjectively. This may not qualify as a classic, but I definitely think its a great action flick, and a breath of western fresh air with intriguing insights into race, warfare, culture, and the winning of the west.
      Best Wishes
      London- England

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    • Re: (New Review) Classic Movie Westerns- Duel at Diablo (1966)

      This is a movie that I've seen maybe 50 times since its release in 1966, which averages out to almost once a year. I can't explain its appeal to me - it's certainly not a masterpiece. I just enjoy the characters, the military tactics, the action scenes, the cinematography and the music score. Like all my favorite movies, it's like visiting an old friend.
      It was a groundbreaker in that in the original novel, Toller (Sidney Poitier), was a white gambler, which makes this the one of first times a black actor was cast in a role that was racially neutral. Granted that Poitier had won best actor for director Ralph Nelson in 1963 for "Lilies of the Field" and perhaps was paying off a debt, but he is excellent. Garner, who also co-produced, played against his Maverick/Scrounger type as a tough as nails scout.
      Ace stunt man Richard Farnsworth is the wagon driver who snakes a bullwhip to an Apache's throat and Neil Summers is a trooper who catches an arrow in the back during the night infiltration. Another stuntman, Bill Hart, plays the unlucky Corporal Harrington. Hart was also one of Robert Ryans' posse in "The Wild Bunch". All three must have extensive filmographies on IMDB.
      If you haven't seen it, give it a couple hours in the dark.

      We deal in lead, friend.