The Last Duel is a 2021 historical action drama film directed by Ridley Scott and written by Ben Affleck, Matt Damon and Nicole Holofcener. The film is based on the true story of the last officially recognized judicial duel in medieval France, fought in 1386 between two knights: Jean de Carrouges and Jacques Le Gris.
The film stars Matt Damon, Adam Driver and Jodie Comer. The film follows the story of Jean de Carrouges, a respected knight who returns from the Hundred Years War to find his wife, Marguerite, has been raped. He accuses his squire, Jacques Le Gris, of the crime, but Le Gris denies the allegations and claims that Marguerite consented to the act. With no way to prove his innocence, Jean is forced to call for a duel to the death to settle the dispute. The King of France, Charles VI, agrees to the duel and chooses the location and the rules. As the day of the duel approaches, Jean and Le Gris must prepare for the fight of their lives, while Marguerite must come to terms with the fact that the outcome of the duel will determine the rest of her life.
The film received positive reviews from critics and audiences alike, with particular praise for the performances of Damon, Driver and Comer, as well as for Scott's direction and the film's attention to historical detail. It was also praised for its themes of justice, honor and the power of the truth. The Last Duel was a commercial success and grossed over $300 million worldwide. It was nominated for several awards, including an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.