The Duellists

Nashville Scene

DIRECTED BY: Ridley Scott

REVIEWED: 03-02-98

People who go to the video store looking for GI Jane probably aren't checking it out because they're fans of director Ridley Scott, but those who have followed Scott's checkered career should seek out his first feature--the eccentric tale of a personal vendetta writ against the background of the French Revolution. The very American costars, Keith Carradine and Harvey Keitel, play noblemen soldiers whose paths cross every few years, when they renew their pledge to duel to the death. In Godot-like fashion, their duel is perpetually postponed until the gripping finale, when Scott employs all the taut action beats that he would later slide under Alien, Blade Runner, and Thelma and Louise.

--Noel Murray

Other Films by Ridley Scott
G.I. Jane

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The Thin Red Line
Passion in the Desert
Saving Private Ryan

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