The Duelist

The Duelist

Duelyant

DVD - 2017 | Russian
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Returning to Saint Petersburg after a long exile, the dashing Yakovlev, a retired army officer, makes a comfortable living by winning other people's duels. An enigmatic, focused, and extremely skilled professional, he leaves a trail of dead bodies behind him as he swirls through polite society. But when Yakovlev meets the naive young Prince Tuchov and his beautiful sister, Princess Martha, the normally cold-hearted mercenary is surprised by hitherto undetected emotions.
Publisher: Culver City, California : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
©2016
ISBN: 9786316862631
Branch Call Number: DVD RUSSIAN DUELIST 1DISC
Characteristics: video file,DVD video
digital,optical,5.1 Dolby digital (Russian)
1 videodisc (approximately 109 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Duelist
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jimg2000
Dec 04, 2017

From the dueling code of the Russian Empire:
No 1 Duel can be held only between equals.
No 5 A nobleman cannot refuse a duel.
58. An insult to a nobleman's honor is personal... so, too, must ve the revenge.
No 59 If the offended nobleman is unable to defend his honor... another nobleman may stand in his place.
No 101 Only blood can avenge... a nobleman's honor.
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Knight will shoot the target. The bullet will ricochet twice. And then... it will hit the knight chest. One false move... and the knight will die from his own bullet.
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Do not pray for me. It does not help.
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Do not show tears to anyone. Cry inside.
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Blood will return. Don't be afraid of blood. It's blood which is afraid of you. I give you protection. You have died many times. Now you will not die.

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jimg2000
Dec 04, 2017

Eleven duels in the capital alone, and eleven opponents killed.
-Then killing him will be a great pleasure.
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Yakovlev, don't drink any cognac. Stay sober. It is your magical hand that feeds us.
-I don't believe in magic.
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Insane, but a nobleman.
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You are a death machine Yakovlev.
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Shooting isn't difficult. But killing... that's a real science.
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When your nobility was stripped... and you were taken away... they swore to me ... that you'd never come back alive. I didn't believe them. I waited a long time. All the Kolychevs died... but I waited. I did not die. I knew you'd be back. You are a nobleman. Do not back down. Only you ... have such strength. Go now.
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You are not a slave.
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A bullet. ... It's a miracle.
-I don't believe in miracles.

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jimg2000
Dec 04, 2017

A period fantasy tale of honor, betrayal and violence in Czarist Russia when the society was ruled by the prerogatives of the nobility. The only hope for justice for an ordinary man was with violence. No War and Peace but an entertaining revenge story as a romantic big budget Hollywood production. Other notable Russian films I enjoyed were “Stalingrad 2013” and “Leviathan 2014.”

6.4/10 IMDb
¾ Roger Ebert
46% Rotten Tomatoes
55% Metacritic

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