The Duel

Synopsis: A Texas Ranger investigates a series of unexplained deaths in a town called Helena.
Genre: Drama, Western
Director(s): Kieran Darcy-Smith
Production: Mandeville Films
  1 win.
Rotten Tomatoes:
110 min

We got them agitated,

didn't we?

You ride with god today.

You know I ain't got

no religion.

Do you not fear

the eternal hell

that awaits you?

I ain't planning

to see it just yet.

Good people of Helena.

Good people of Helena!

I am saddened

because today

Helena loses one

of her true sons.

Now we've cleansed

the Mexican filth

from our city,

but the disease left behind

has infected our civility.


That's right!

You hear that?

These brown heathens pushed

their carts through our land.

And instead of uniting

against these indignations,

we stand here divided.

Watch yourself, Jesse.

Abraham is trickier

than the devil in the shade.

And so,

on the challenge given

to Abraham brant

from Jesse Kingston,

in the way

of a Helena duel,

are we now assembled?

Take care of my boy

if I fall.

We will.

Gentlemen, come forward.

God made this world, Jesse,

and it pains me little

to send you from it.

You shall pour out

each other's blood

and we will cover it

with dust.

Whomever bleeds

the dirt red the most today,

his deeds shall not

be forgotten.

You distinguished yourself

honorably against

the Cheyenne.

It was the comanche

in my day.

Either or,

the most contemptible breed

of people, don't you agree?


Or perhaps

they're misunderstood,

your honor.

I understand you have

a problem with a dead Mexican.


Not "a" dead Mexican,

Mr. Kingston.


The latest one is the nephew

of a Mexican general--

Ernesto Calderon.

He went missing

along with his sister

some time ago.

The general--

kicking up quite a fuss

about it.

He's threatening

to bring a battalion

of Mexican soldiers

across the border

to look for his niece

and the man who killed

his nephew.

Now, I don't need to tell you,

wars have started over less.

Now, all the bodies

are turning up

in the same strainer

in the river...

About here.

It's roughly 12 miles

from mount hermon.

I take it you've heard

the name Abraham brant.

Foolhardy stories,

tales from the war, mostly.

They call him

the preacher,

i believe.

I saw him once in Kansas

just before the war.

The ranchers near Wichita

were offering 50

for every red scalp

that was turned in,

and brant showed up

with 1,000 of them.

Red, Mexican, negro--

it didn't matter,

as long as they had

dark hair and dark skin.

And later, I saw him

preaching to half the town

with a spirit

that I have neither

seen before nor since.

And as god

as my witness,

I saw him

lay his huge hand

on this gimpy

teenage girl.

And he cured her

with a touch,

like Christ himself.

Pardon me,

your honor, but--

but you'll have me

believe he simply

touched the girl

and she walked?

All the way

to the church.

Married her

the next day.

I'm assuming he resides

in mount hermon.

He is mount hermon,


Now you'll travel alone

under an assumed name

and profession.

Time is of the essence.

Calderon's blood is up.

Why not send me

with a company?

There's too much at stake.

You simply find out

if brant is at the root

of these killings

and wire me

from fort McIntosh.

Once certain,

i will commit in force.

How long?

I'm not sure.

I think it's best

not to presume this time.

You've only

just now returned.

What is it?


The man

I'm inquiring upon...

Abraham brant is his name.

He may or may not

be responsible for

some terrible things.

It's my job

to determine which.

Go on.

By some...

Strange twist of fate,

brant happens to be

the same man that killed

my father 20 years ago.

Now, I know

what you're thinking,

but truth is,

men like brant have orphaned

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