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Plot

With a fresh start, trying to escape an abusive past, Vance and his mother have just moved to a new city…

Release Year: 2011

Rating: 3.2/10 (135 voted)

Director:
Diego Hallivis

Stars: Shashi Balooja, Gabriel Blanco, María DiDomenico

Storyline
With a fresh start, trying to escape an abusive past, Vance and his mother have just moved to a new city. Searching for a way to support his family while continuing his education he joins forces with Jules, who is looking for a highly skilled, basketball duel partner. With their impressive talent these two start cleaning the streets, winning every duel in town. Once word spreads they're invited to enter the ultra-violent, competitive duel championship. With high hopes for the win they'll do whatever it takes to walk off the court the new champions.

Cast:

Shashi Balooja

History Professor


Gabriel Blanco

Bully


María DiDomenico

Maria


Andre Douglas

Andre


Tommy Evans

Alfred


Hannah Foster

Angie


Juan Garcia

Dueler


Duane Gibbs

Dueler


Shelby Goldman

Preppy Girlfriend 1


Cortaz Griffin

Rody


George Haddock

Jeremy


Antoine Harris

Maurice


Phil Haus

Vance Halden


Brandon M. Hines

Brandon


Jason Hurt

Jules

Release Date: 3 Jan 2011



User Review

Clichéd Basketball Flick That Is Admittedly Made Well…

Rating: 6/10


Whilst 'The Duel', Diego Hallivis' feature debut, is undoubtedly flawed
and overly clichéd, I still found it to be an enjoyable
'overcoming-odds' story. Despite Hallivis' minimal budget to work from
and without any notable star names, The Duel is still surprising dark
and edgy, a step ahead of the usual 'Straight to Video' fodder around.
'The Duel' centres around Vance, a teenager who moves away from
Wisconsin with his mother to escape his violent father. In New York, he
learns of 'Duelling', the violent street version of Baketball.
Alongside his partner, they compete to get to the gathering, the
biggest 'Duel' tournament in New York. 'The Duel' is loaded with
clichés- bullying at school,Daddy issues, Girlfriend who doesn't want
anything to do with 'Duelling', big climax at the 'Gathering
tournament' etc. Just like so many other films of its kind, its
predictable and formulaic. It takes itself too seriously with little
comic relief. But what separates this film above its peers is its
engaging subplots, its insight into street life in New York. Yes, the
acting is amateur, the soundtrack is nothing special and we've seen the
exact same story a dozen other times. But amidst this there is heart,
something that makes me inclined to follow the fledgling career of
Diego Hallivis. Not exactly a 'slam dunk', but this one is sure to win
you over by the 'final buzzer'…