The Long Duel

The Long Duel is a 1967 British adventure film directed by Ken Annakin and starring Yul Brynner, Trevor Howard, Charlotte Rampling and Harry Andrews. It is set in British-ruled India of the 1920s but filmed in Spain.

The Long Duel
Film poster by Frank McCarthy
Directed byKen Annakin
Produced byKen Annakin
Aida Young
Written byPeter Yeldham
Ranveer Singh (story)
Music byJohn Scott
CinematographyJack Hildyard
Edited byBert Bates
Distributed byRank Organisation
Paramount Pictures
Release date
27 July 1967
Running time
115 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
Budget£1 million[1]


Superintendent Stafford of the United Provinces Police, has his men arrest an entire tribe on vague allegations of poaching and theft in British India. Their leader, Sultan, father of a young boy, Munnu, whose wife, Tara, is expecting their second child, is also arrested and held in a cell with criminals in Fort Najibabad. Sultan, Tara, and many others manage to break out, but Tara and the newborn both die. Sultan, with the help of his men, decides to revolt against the oppressive British, leading to bitter battles and a final showdown.



The film was to be shot in India with British and Indian financing. When the Indian financing fell through, the film was then shot in Spain with Rank Films providing the whole budget.[2]


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