The Duellists

TitleThe Duellists
Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication1977
AuthorsScott, Ridley
Running Time1h 40m
DistributorParamount Pictures
CountryUnited Kingdom
Publication LanguageEnglish

This historical drama, directed by Ridely Scott, is set during the age of the Napoleonic Empire (1803–15). The Duellists is based on a story written by the Polish-British writer Joseph Conrad (1857–1927), which, according to the author, was itself based on a true story whose origins sprang from a ten-line paragraph in a small Southern France local newspaper. An officer in the French army insults another officer and sets off a life-long enmity. The two officers, D'Hubert and Feraud, cross swords time and time again in an attempt to achieve justice and preserve their honor.

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