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The Duel (2016)

R | | Drama, Western | 24 June 2016 (USA)
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A Texas Ranger investigates a series of unexplained deaths in a town called Helena.


Kieran Darcy-Smith


Matt Cook
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Woody Harrelson ... Abraham
Liam Hemsworth ... David Kingston
Alice Braga ... Marisol
Emory Cohen ... Isaac Brant
Felicity Price ... Naomi
William Sadler ... Governor Lawrence Sullivan Ross
Christopher James Baker ... Monte (as Chris Baker)
Christopher Berry ... Dale (as Chris Berry)
Benedict Samuel ... George
Giles Matthey ... John
Raphael Sbarge ... Doctor Morris
Jason Carter ... William
David Born ... Hoot
Lawrence Turner ... Silas (as Lawrence P. Turner)
Kimberly Hidalgo ... Maria Calderon


A Texas Ranger investigates a series of unexplained deaths in a town called Helena.

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Vengeance cannot be denied. See more »


Drama | Western

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence and language | See all certifications »

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English | Spanish

Release Date:

24 June 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

By Way of Helena See more »

Filming Locations:

Mississippi, USA See more »


Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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This movie was heavily filmed in Florewood, a state park that closed down in 2004. See more »


Abraham: I've known for quite some time you'd be coming for me, David. I took pleasure in killing your father. He was an abhorrent man.
David Kingston: If you think I'm here to avenge my father, you think too highly of yourself.
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Miserere Mei Deus
by Gregorio Allegri
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Straight cut with no frills for the ride on the edge.
6 July 2016 | by zenn_mindSee all my reviews

Westerns for me is such a distinctive genre as owing to a specific time in history and being rooted in its universal themes that has been explored almost exhaustively.

It's surprising then that one should come along with a kick to the teeth in the guise of a movie that's packaged lightly in terms of visuals and score. The story follows a young ranger and spouse as he has to face a man, who killed his father in a duel in the past, and now reigns supreme in a small town near the Mexican border.

Harrelson is cut out for this role as a man who is on a self-righteous path of carrying out the will of the divine by means of brutality and chances of fate. He is a force to be reckoned with and overshadows all else around him but Hemsworth's Kingston is well versed himself in taking the law into his own hands. Almost too mechanical by way of showing how it's done but believe you me it's a slice of justice being dished out, nothing fancy, and enough to sit you down.

The intrigue of spirituality that leads people on down a dark road is only touched upon as being an inexplicable power that makes few connections with the actual clandestine going ons that has brought the characters at odds with one another. Something as easily abused is often mistaken for something else but no one could possibly deviate from the course when Harrelson's fierce eyes are keeping watch.

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