The Grand Duel (Italy 1972)

Rating: **
Review Date: 7/15/17
Cast: Lee Van Cleef, Alberto Dentice, Horst Frank

"Don't worry, ma'am. I only kill nice people."

A disappointing and dull Spaghetti Western about a disgraced sheriff (Lee Van Cleef) who is seeking justice for a young man (Alberto Dentice) who has been accused of murder. There's also some hidden silver that the bad guys are trying to get their hands on, which leads to numerous deaths. Everything comes to a head in Saxon City, which is ruled by the power-mad David Saxon (Horst Frank) and his corrupt brothers. The brothers go out of their way to get rid of Sheriff Clayton, but he eventually prevails.

The film features some nice photography and pretty locations, but is overall uninteresting. Lee Van Cleef is always fun to watch and the larger than life villains are amusing, but the writing is a bit weak and the bizarre humor doesn't quite work. The interactions between Clayton (Lee Van Cleef) and Philip (Alberto Dentice) are odd and their behavior doesn't make much sense, but it could be a translation or cultural issue. Not a bad time waster, but not particularly memorable.