After a successful robbery, the hardened Mexican bandit, Porfirio Carranza, and his vicious gang of outlaws seek refuge in an isolated hacienda in sunny California. In the meantime, the poncho-clad bounty hunter, Ross Logan, returns home looking for peace, only to discover that his younger brother, Dan, is killed by the violent Carranza gang. Now, more than anything in the world, Logan wants to take his revenge on Porfirio and his jackals, and the only way to do this is to outsmart and divide the strongest men in the team: the ruthless bandit, Charlie Fair, the black-clad gunman, Ted Corbin, and the handsome killer, Tom Leather. And, somehow, April 17, 1867, is the perfect date for the final confrontation. Can Logan restore peace?Written by
Airing on US cable TV under title, "Duel in the Eclipse" (possibly derivative of "Duel In the Sun", a more mass market but similarly psychological Western. See more »
During the grand finale in the courtyard, when Ross Logan is shooting it out with Carranza's gang of killers, the length of the barrel of Logan's revolver changes. One minute he is wielding a six-gun that has a shorter barrel while at another point he is shown handling a revolver with a longer barrel. See more »
Workmanlike with some neat stylistic touches
A fairly successful Euro western, DUEL IN THE ECLIPSE occupies a fairly middling position in the sub-genre, its quality eclipsed (pun intended) by the Leone classics along with the endless Django and Sartana films. This is a Spanish/Italian co-production with plenty of weird style to recommend it, although it's not quite as weird as CAPTAIN APACHE! The film was made on the cheap and it shows, and yet it holds a certain charm despite the deficiencies present. Square-jawed Canadian star Lang Jeffries plays a gunslinger clad in a leopardskin who makes it his job to take out a gang of sadistic ruffians led by the boorish Fernando Sancho. The presence of an expect black-clad shooter allows the film it's German title, REQUIEM FOR DJANGO, although the original title was the more generic REQUIEM FOR A GRINGO.
DUEL IN THE ECLIPSE was directed by a pair of Spaniards who are better known to fans of the Euro-horror film; Jose Luis Merino made the excellent Gothic horror shocker KILLERS OF THE CASTLE OF BLOOD, while Eugenio Martin handled the all-time classic HORROR EXPRESS. Thus the film's horrific and sometimes sadistic overtones are all the more welcome and the style generally makes this a winner, although there are some crucial mis-steps along the way (including an interlude with the zoom lens which must have made Jess Franco a happy man!). The storyline might be simple and familiar, but as a whole this is a workable western with some neat, unique elements, not least the titular event.
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