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monkeyfoot 11/9/2011 7:30:05 AM

I'm with Marcd30319! The history of duels with weapon or fists is enormous in film history. What you are doing here is touching on the movie experience of the past generation. Genre and fight movies have existed beyond 1975, you know. I recently saw Adventures of Robin Hood again on TCM and the duel between Errol Flynn and Basil Rathbone is still so fantastic!  And of course even within the tiny time span you focus on there are so, so many not here.

But that's kind of the point of these things. Everyone can get all upset and complain about what you didn't put in.  

ddiaz28 11/9/2011 7:42:18 AM

I'm thinking as far as the Matrix flims, the duel from Reloaded in the mansion belongs on the list.  Although that is vs. multiple opponents.  I wouldn't call the Neo vs. Smith fight in the first film a duel per se.  I guess technically it started out with guns and then turned into hand to hand combat.  How are we defining duel in the first place?  Must it be with weapons?  The dictionary defines duel as:

1. a prearranged combat between two persons, fought with deadly weapons according to an accepted code of procedure, especially to settle a private quarrel.

2. any contest between two persons or parties.

By the first definition, many of these wouldn't count because they weren't "prearranged".  But by the second, any fight would count.

This list could easily get very extensive if we tried.

dastallion51 11/9/2011 8:01:23 AM

one of my favorites was Fist of Legend when Jet Li fought the General, now that was great.

one that made me laugh was Mission Impossible 3, where they rode on bikes jumped off tackled each other, fell 30ft and then got up and continued to fight, man i wish i could get some of whatever they were on haha


jackwagon 11/9/2011 8:01:29 AM

The Neo vs. Smith fight at the end of the first Matrix should fit the textbook definition of a duel.  The film clearly was building towards a fight between those two characters, especially in order for Neo to fully realize his abilities and destiny.  You could make a similar argument for the lightsaber fight at the end of Phantom Menace since Palpatine ordered Maul to wipe out the Jedi.  The Jedi didn't necessarily know it was coming, but once they saw Maul waiting for them, they knew what they had to do.  I don't think the definition of a duel in a film doesn't necessarily have to be prearranged, but it's not as open as the second definition implies.

Unless of course, we want to open the floor up to a duel of wits between characters, e.g. Batman vs. The Joker in The Dark Knight, Lecter vs. Starling in Silence of the Lambs/Hannibal, or Verbal vs. Kujan in The Usual Suspects.  That's a whole other ballgame.

violator14 11/9/2011 8:30:05 AM

All u fools saying, "WHAT THE HELL!!! HOW COULD U LEAVE OUT THIS AND THAT!!" need to realize that no list can possibly cater to EVERYONES' opinions. So just throw out ur opinions humbly without the bitchin and yelpin!!!   <3

millean 11/9/2011 8:44:21 AM

I have a confession... I'm not really left handed (except for my comments).

Loved that the Princess Bride duel made #1.  That is just where it should be, and was pleasantly surprised it was on top.  I also like that the Stardust duel made the list, but only because I love that movie and feel like it doesn't get the respect it deserves.  (Though wether the duel itself has merit enough to be here may be a bit of a stretch.)

And I guess I am the only person on the planet who hated that stupid Neo vs Agent Smith fight.  It looks like a frikkin' cartoon, both in the action sequences and the CGI quality (decent for its time, but it still looked ridiculous).  I never liked it and you can't make me.  Nanny nanny boo boo.

I also have another confession, I actually do write left handed.


millean 11/9/2011 8:51:22 AM

By the way, kudos to Mania for not oversaturating us with top 10 lists any more.  Sure, we still get them (as they do generate a lot of discussion), but it isn't the 10 a week that we seemed to get for a wile.

Love things like the weekly Geek Life column.  Now if we could just get the Movie Maven back...  Ahhh Tara, how I miss you!  :)

isgrimner 11/9/2011 8:59:43 AM

Timmy vs. Jimmy on Southpark in a "cripple fight"  and  like was already mentioned  Roddy Piper vs. Keith David from They Live.   I don't think I've ever seen the whole movie, but I'd recognize that insanely long fight scene.  The Timmey vs. Jimmy was actually a recreation of the They live fight scene.

LoneRanger 11/9/2011 9:00:26 AM

POTC anyone? There was a lot of good swordplay in those, especially the first one.

Kaziklu 11/9/2011 9:56:08 AM

No Van Zan vs the Dragon in Reign of Fire?

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