Review: ‘The Long Duel’

Produced and directed by Ken Annakin at Pinewood and on location in Granada, Spain, this is an ambitious actioner which has plenty of punch.

Produced and directed by Ken Annakin at Pinewood and on location in Granada, Spain, this is an ambitious actioner which has plenty of punch.

But the yarn, though based on fact, unfolds with little conviction and is repeatedly bogged down by labored dialog and characterization in Peter Yeldham’s screenplay [based on a story by Ranveer Singh].

Story is set on the Indian Northwest Frontier during the 1920s and basically hinges on the uneasy relationship and lack of understanding between most of the British top brass and the native tribes. Trevor Howard, an idealistic police officer, is very conscious of the need for tact and diplomacy when handling the touchy natives.

When he is ordered to track down the Bhanta tribe leader (Yul Brynner), who is trying to lead his people from the bondage of the British, Howard recognizes Brynner as a fellow idealist and an enemy to respect.

The Long Duel

UK

Production

Rank. Director Ken Annakin; Producer Ken Annakin; Screenplay Peter Yeldham; Camera Jack Hildyard; Editor Bert Bates; Music John Scott; Art Director Alex Vetchinsky

Crew

(Color) Widescreen. Extract of a review from 1967. Running time: 115 MIN.

With

Yul Brynner Trevor Howard Harry Andrews Andrew Keir Charlotte Rampling Virginia North
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