“ It also explains why I scoff at the goofiness of so many spaghetti Westerns and am bored by their unrealistic, un-captivating story lines.
“ With all that said, the film is entertaining and if you are looking for some good action check it out.
“ It's far more engrossing than almost any war movie, including those with budgets many times larger.
“ Worth the Watch .
“" Some gripping action and battle scenes filmed on magnificent locations in southern Utah desert.
“ The supporting cast is equally impressive: beautiful Bibi Andersson is Ellen, the wife of bigoted trader Willard Grange (Dennis Weaver), who has her own compelling subplot: she'd once been kidnapped by Apaches, and bore one of the tribe a son, to whom she tries to return, especially as Willard and other townspeople insist on giving her the cold shoulder.
“ Although the first and last acts are strong and compelling, the second act is weak and uninteresting despite the fact that it has lots of Cavalry v.
“ The cinematography is excellent and the stunning vistas of the old west are on grand display.
“This violent Western and hard on racial themes is full of noisy action, thrills , chills and results to be quite entertaining.
“ 7 of 10, for this unconventional western, entertaining.
“ Wheeler, and given a nicely rousing score by Neal Hefti.
“ With it's staunch,gripping,pulse pounding action, tight camera angles, cast iron leads and an intense plot, I highly recommend DUEL AT DIABLO to all western fans.
“ Strong portrayals by Bibi Andersson, as Ellen Grange, and James Gardner work here with skillful director Ralph Nelson to create a well acted, beautifully photographed, entertaining Western, even though some mannered performances by other actors as such Sidney Poitier distract from the natural feel Andersson and Gardner bring to the effort.
“ The first & more watchable of 2 intense Westerns from Ralph Nelson, "Diablo" is one of the starkest examples of the tough, realistic Westerns that became popular in the late 1950s.
“ Tense, gripping Western .
“ Conventional but Entertaining Western .
“ DUEL AT DIABLO has a bitterness of mood, but is generally exciting and entertaining.
“ Both battles were impressively riotous and blistered with adrenaline.
“ Beautifully filmed on Utah locations, thus must have been stunning on the big screen.
“ It's got several strands of sub-plots going but spends most of its time featuring some action packed shootouts that don't leave much time for character development among the cast.
“ Horse trader Toller is also dragged along to finish breaking the horses he sold to the fort.
“ I recalled the exciting cavalry charges etc. and I even remembered the opening refrain of the strange musical score.
“ Intense Western, Not for the Squeamish .
“ James Garner is a good lead in this rousing Cavalry v.
“Dated, but a well handled, compelling and tough as nails western, which finally shines through.
“In spite of this minor quibble,"duel at Diablo" is an exciting western ,with a lot of subplots and even an unexpected twist (which makes sense),notably concerning Garner's late wife ;violence and cruelty (Indian tortures) are present and predict the final slaughter in the 1971 effort.
“ Enjoyable enough western that covers the weak subtext with a good cast .
“And I never thought it would happen, but by about the twentieth skirmish across the desert, I actually got a little bored with all the repetitive stunts and endless shooting.
“ This may not qualify as a classic, but I definitely think its a great action flick, and a breath of western fresh air with intriguing insights into race, warfare, culture, and the winning of the west.
“ During many of the fight scenes (for instance) all of the hats stay on even though they are infighting in intense battle.
“ An action-packed exciting western .