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Duel in the Sun

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Original title
Duel in the Sun
Running time
138 min.
United States United States
Ben Hecht, David O. Selznick, Oliver HP Garrett (Novel: Niven Busch)
Dimitri Tiomkin
Lee Garmes, Harold Rosson, Ray Rennahan
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David O. Selznick
Western. Romance. Drama | Romantic Drama. Melodrama. Epic film
Synopsis / Plot
Orphaned half-breed Pearl Chavez (Jennifer Jones) comes to Spanish Bit, a Ponderosa-like cattle ranch run by despotic McCandless (Lionel Barrymore). There she finds kindness in the heart of ex-Dixie Belle Lillian Gish. But her romantic presence splits the empire. Bookish son Jesse (Joseph Cotton) is disillusioned when his malevolent brother Lewton (Gregory Peck) openly seduces Pearl. Both sons are forced to leave the ranch, Pearl agonizes in sexual self-loathing ("Trash! Trash! Trash!") and the picture self-destructs in an orgy of blazing Technicolor sunsets, bombastic music, and vengeful shootouts.
1946: 2 Nominations for Oscar: Best Actress (Jennifer Jones), Supp. Actress (Gish)
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