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Plot: In Apache territory, a supply army column heads for the next fort, an ex-scout searches for the killer of his Indian wife, and a housewife abandons her husband in order to re-join her Apache lover's tribe.
Runtime: 103 mins Release Date: 15 Jul 1966
this is one of my top 5 favorite movies of all time. i saw it at the movies in my youth. garner,the grizzled frontier scout, poitier, ex calvaryman, now supposed money hungry civilian, have the biggest parts. they're ably supported by bill Travers, and Dennis weaver. weaver's part is the most complex, as the bigoted freighter, will grange. on one hand, he wants to restart his relationship, but on the other he can't accept what happened to her. yet in the end as terrible as weaver is you still sympathize with him. garner is also sympathetic due to his understanding why the Indian <more>
problem exists in the first place. i never was particularly enchanted by Bibi andersson's performance in this movie. however it doesn't detract from the movie. garner and weaver's performances though are better than in their second partnership in A Man Called Sledge.
Thoughtful Western where both the cowboys and the Indians are shown to be both heroes and villains, and human at heart. Surprising to me for its ability to see both sides in that day and age. Explores the issues of friendship, command, judgment and persecution in the developing West. I found it excellent for its ability to both entertain, provide suspense and also explore the issues instead of just making the "Injuns the bad men" and the "White men the good men." Heroic cavalry lieutenant is ordered to move out green recruits on unbroken horses to get from the fort to the <more>
next destination. In the meantime, old cavalry friends, in new roles, reunite to accomplish the mission. The anger and prejudice of Indians against white men and women, and white men and women against Indians are inflamed by both a town woman who has been kidnapped and become an Indian squaw, and a white man who has lost his Apache wife to the lust and violence of others of his own race. Resolved in a way that goes somewhat above and beyond the stereotypical "white hat/black hat" good guys and bad guys.
The movie tried to depict the Apache as the bad guys....But in the underlying theme was the the story that these were Indians forced to live on a reservation, and dealing with it the best way they knew how.The calvary used force on them...so Chata resorted to using force on the Calvary...the sub plot was a story of a woman whom had been taken by the Apache and borne a son to the son of Chata...After a brutal fight at a box canyon the Apache was defeated...Chata surrendered and was seen as a broken man with no hope, and no hope of ever seeing his Grandson again....
Tense, gripping Western (by wsidejack1)
A bloody, brutal Western where the action never stops. First, the Bad let's get that out of the way . Like all Westerns, the plot has its flaws -- with an Indian war party off the reservation they would not have sent a shipment of ammunition through a narrow canyon guarded by only one squad of green recruits on unbroken/partly saddle broken horses. But so what? In the classic Western Stagecoach the Indians would have shot the horses pulling the stage and then finished off the passengers as opposed to shooting at the people in the coach. Also, Sidney Poitier's silver vest remains <more>
immaculate throughout the long desert journey and several pitched battles.However, the movie moves so fast that you never really have time to stop and remind yourself that you have to "suspend disbelief" to watch it.Next, the Good. On one level, it's a classic cavalry vs. Indians story. But viewed through a different lens than in earlier Westerns; the Indians are shown with some perspective, if not total sympathy, which probably makes this one of the first Westerns to get beyond a one dimensional view of them. There are a variety of interesting subplots which flesh out the major characters and keep things twisting, turning, and moving along between the combat scenes. In fact, almost every one of the characters is angry about something, creating lots of tension between them. James Garner's character is looking for the men who raped and killed his Indian wife, Dennis Weaver's Will Grange is angry about almost everything, including that his wife was held captive by the Indians, Sidney Poitier's Toller now a civilian is mad that circumstances forced him to accompany the cavalry on this mission ....Garner and Poitier give excellent performances and the other actors rise to the occasion, helping us forget that they are, in fact, Scottish or Danish.At the end of the movie the various subplots are tied up and the issues are resolved with in one case a very surprising twist.On top of that, you have a wonderful almost superb, for this movie Neal Hefti score, which always seems to correctly reflect the mood of the scene. It fits the movie even better because it makes heavy use of Western/military instruments: guitars, horns, drums, ....Finally, the Ugly. There are some fairly graphic scenes here although not exactly like in the Wild Bunch or Saving Private Ryan . The Apaches could torture with the best of them and some of that appears in this movie, although we're spared the close-ups.All in all, I must say that this is one of my long time favorites. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!!
Intense Western, Not for the Squeamish (by tom-darwin)
The first & more watchable of 2 intense Westerns from Ralph Nelson, "Diablo" is one of the starkest examples of the tough, realistic Westerns that became popular in the late 1950s. Professional scout Remsberg Garner is out for vengeance on the "civilized" men who butchered his Comanche wife. His quest is interrupted when he's tasked to accompany an Army ammo convoy led by ambitious Lt. McAllister Travers . Along for the ride are wrangler & ex-sergeant Toller Poitier , shopkeeper's wife Ellen Andersson , a former captive of the Apache who's regarded <more>
with disgust by her white neighbors, and her embittered husband Weaver . They're intercepted by a large war party of the same Apaches who once held Ellen captive. As with films of this kind from "The Last Wagon" to "Ulzana's Raid," the male lead is a white man who understands the plight of the Indians, sympathizes with them but nevertheless works for the whites. There's nary a letup in the darkness & intensity. Ellen, the tortured, exploited victim of both sides, is no love interest, while the only humor in the film comes in occasional rueful exchanges among the tough guys. But there's plenty of action in scenes as well-done as any of the period & budget. What makes "Diablo" stand out is the clever, seamless depiction of the strategy as the ambushed convoy spars with the wily, ruthless Apache. It's far more engrossing than almost any war movie, including those with budgets many times larger. Andersson doesn't have much to work with but Garner & Poitier play their tough guys with just the right balance between expression & terseness. Weaver makes the most of his limited opportunity to develop the selfish husband who feels sorrier for himself than his wife over her horrifying torment. "Diablo" delivers action & adventure that never lags, along with a strong dose of historical-social awareness, but it's not the ticket for a light evening's entertainment. Director Nelson plays the colonel commanding the relief force.
James Garner leaves behind his usual likable rogue that he normally plays for a role in Duel at Diablo as a grim and vengeful scout for the Army who's been told by Lieutenant Bill Travers and graphically shown that his Apache wife has been killed. If he goes on a mission scouting for Travers delivering ammunition and green troops to another fort, he'll meet up with the man who had the scalp, the marshal there, John Crawford.Garner's not the only who's lived in both the white and Indian world. He rescues Bibi Andersson who's been held captive by the Indians and when he <more>
brings her back to her husband, Dennis Weaver, he's not exactly happy to see her. Decent white women were to do the honorable thing back in the day and commit suicide before being defiled by an Indian. Andersson's not welcome back in the white world.In the end nearly the whole cast is in a desperate battle for their lives against Apaches who have jumped the reservation. Also in the battle is former buffalo soldier Sidney Poitier. And with a whole lot of green troops in the battle, Poitier being around comes in mighty handy.Duel At Diablo is not a western for the squeamish, it gets pretty graphic at times. The themes that were explored in such films as The Searchers, Trooper Hook, and Two Rode Together are really explored far more here. There's also a little bit of Stagecoach in Duel At Diablo with Garner like John Wayne on a vengeance quest against the people who murdered his family.Sidney Poitier's part is interesting in that there really is no racial reference as far as his blackness is concerned. In fact Poitier having been in the army and fought the Apaches has just about the same attitudes towards them as the white characters do.This is a good western, maybe a great one, but not one for the faint hearted.
A fairly violent western, with touches of discrimination and prejudices working themselves into the story (by Mickey-2)
"Duel at Diablo" filmed in 1966, has a cast of both American and international players and touches of violence coupled with prejudices. It makes for an interesting mix and provides the viewer with a tense depiction of the usual struggles of the Apaches against the US Cavalry. James Garner plays Jess Remsberg, an Indian scout now out looking for the man or men that raped and killed his Indian wife. Sidney Poitier adds an excellent portrayal of a former Army sergeant who has quit the job of soldering in exchange for breaking horses, and selling them to the Army. Bill Travers and Bibi <more>
Anderson provide the international flavor in the cast, and Dennis Weaver gives the viewer a chance both to detest him and feel some sorrow for his warped prejudices toward those he considers inferior or below his status.The group of troopers heads out across the desert to another fort in the area, but are headed off by a group of Apaches that have jumped their reservation. Garner does find out the identity of the man who was responsible for the rape/killing of his Indian wife, but in order to extract his revenge, he must first make it to the canyon of Diablo and rescue the beseiged group of Army troopers from being killed by the Apaches.Good, tense story, sweeping vistas of the Utah landscape, and two actors, Garner and Poitier, delivering masterful performances.
Goof in Portier's horse breaking scene (by bgreene2)
Look carefully in the bronco busting scene. When the horse bolts up the side of the hill you will see a young soldier sitting on the side of the hill taking pictures with a Japanese camera around his neck. He is Ralph Nelson, Jr. from my hometown of Americus, Georgia. Ralph and I worked together in the camera dept. of a large department store in Atlanta, Ga. I purchased the camera he is using directly from Japan before they were imported into the USA by Bell & Howell. It is an Asahi Pentax Spotmatic. I sold it to Ralph before he returned to Hollywood to be with his father, the director <more>
Ralph Nelson. Ralph, Jr. is currently a noted photographer on the west coast and I am proud to have helped him get started in his career.I don't know if these comments are considered as a spoiler.
You will be alive when I bury you in the grave of my son. (by Spikeopath)
Duel at Diablo is directed by Ralph Nelson and co-adapted to screenplay by Michael M. Grilikhes & Marvin H. Albert from Albert's own novel, Apache Rising. It stars James Garner, Sidney Poitier, Bibi Andersson, Dennis Weaver and Bill Travers. Music is by Neal Hefti and cinematography by Charles F. Wheeler.Searching for the man responsible for killing his Comanche wife, Jess Remsberg Garner is crossing the desert when he rescues Ellen Grange Andersson from the Apache and returns her to her husband Willard Weaver at Fort Creel. After a run in with Toller Poitier , an ex-trooper <more>
who now makes his living supplying and breaking in horses for the cavalry, both men wind up joining a cavalry party carrying supplies to Fort Concho. With the Apache angry about their treatment by the white man, this party are at great risk travelling through Diablo Canyon. And so it proves, where joined by the Granges, secrets will out and Apache will attack .Obviously intended to be driven by a strong racial dynamic between whites and Indians, Duel at Diablo never really follows through on its promise of something more cutting. With full development instead of snatches of politics, both sexual and racial, this could have been thematically as dynamite as the picture is as a Western war piece. However, its strengths are many, and Western fans after violence and reams of action get fully paid up here. Nelson's Soldier Blue film barely pauses for breath as the director crams as much in as he can, fisticuffs, pursuits, shoot outs, warfare, torture, explosions and lots of blood, all of which get their respective day in the sun. The stunt work is top notch and the writing at least allows for some intelligent tactical thinking to be shown by both sides during the Diablo Canyon siege.It's also rich in characterisations: Remsberg is driven by revenge Garner channelling Randy Scott from the Boetticher movies : Ellen, once captured by the Apache and taken as a bride and a mother to a half-breed baby, she's treated like a disease by the town folk: Willard, her husband, carries that burden, but not with ease: Toller, a black man who has served his time in the army, he now wears dandy clothes and answers to nobody: Lt. Scotty McAllister Travers , the archetypal hero in waiting officer. All are interesting characters, and crucially they are given very good portrayals by the actors. Wheeler expertly photographs the Kanab, Utah, locale to form a beautiful, yet imposing, backdrop, and Hefti's score is very different, a blending of styles, it's part spaghetti, part traditional and part Hippy Woodstock!A ripper of an entertainer that's better than the standard Cavalry v Indians Oater the plot synopsis suggests. But you will most likely come away thinking it should have had more conviction thematically. 7.5/10