The Duel (2010 film)

Anton Chekhov's The Duel

A woman swimming, treading water and facing the viewer

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Dover Kosashvili
Produced by Donald Rosenfeld
Mary Bing
Screenplay by Mary Bing
Based on The Duel
by Anton Chekhov
Starring Andrew Scott, Fiona Glascott, Tobias Menzies, Niall Buggy
Music by Angelo Milli
Cinematography Paul Sarossy
Edited by Kate Williams
High Line Productions
Distributed by High Line Productions
Release dates
  • 28 April 2010 (2010-04-28)
Running time
95 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Anton Chekhov's The Duel is a 2010[1] film directed by Dover Kosashvili. The film is an adaptation of an 1891 novella by Anton Chekhov, The Duel.[1][2] Set in a seaside resort in the Caucasus, the story centers on Laevsky (Andrew Scott), an aristocratic civil servant, and his mistress Nadya (Fiona Glascott), whom Laevsky is trying to abandon. The screenplay was written by Mary Bing. The Duel was filmed in Croatia.[2] The film's cast is made up of British and Irish actors. It has generally received positive reviews.[3][4]


Laevsky is a Russian aristocrat employed by the civil service who is careless about his work, mostly drinking and playing cards. He lives with Nadya, a woman he seduced away from her husband. He receives a letter telling him her husband has died, but does not tell Nadya. He has come to the realisation that he has never loved Nadya and fears having to marry her. He is in debt and trying to find ways to escape his situation, and becomes increasingly irritable.

Nadya is neglected and distracts herself flirting with other men which leads to trouble. Captain Kirilin is insistent that he will not be ignored, although she has moved on to other men. Kirilin requires her to meet him or he will cause a scandal. Nadya cries and regretting the way Kirikin is offensive and begged him for not pursuing her to sleep with him but she gave up and asked Kirilin "where?". Laevsky found out that Nadya has slept with Kirikin after he got a message that someone important wants to see him. He followed the messenger only to realize that he has been dragged to witness the scene of sex between Nadya and Kirilin.



Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 81% based on 26 reviews, with an average rating of 7 out of 10.[3] Metacritic gives the film a score of 75% based on reviews from 16 critics.[4]


  1. 1 2 Dargis, Manohla (28 April 2010). "Anton Chekhov's The Duel". New York Times.
  2. 1 2 Lane, Anthony (17 May 2010). "Fighting Form". The New Yorker.
  3. 1 2 "Anton Chekhov's The Duel". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 28 February 2012.
  4. 1 2 williet. "Anton Chekhov's The Duel Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More at Metacritic". Retrieved 28 February 2012.
  5. "Anton Chekhov's THE DUEL :: The Cast". Retrieved 28 February 2012.
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