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Duel [1971]


4.6 out of 5 stars 109 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Dennis Weaver, Jacqueline Scott, Eddie Firestone, Lou Frizzell, Gene Dynarski
  • Directors: Steven Spielberg
  • Writers: Richard Matheson
  • Producers: George Eckstein
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Full Screen
  • Language: English
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Universal
  • VHS Release Date: 8 April 2002
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 109 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00004R67Q
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 230,878 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Businessman David Mann (Dennis Weaver) is driving on a lonely stretch of highway when he notices that he is being followed by a huge, menacing diesel truck. The truck then starts trying to push him off the road, and despite Mann's attempts to defuse the situation, it soon has him engaged in a punishing duel to the death. Originally made for American television but given a cinema release in the UK, this was director Steven Spielberg's feature debut.

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This is the TV movie that put Steven Spielberg on the map, shortly before he made The Sugarland Express. Working from a script by Richard Matheson, the film stars Dennis Weaver as a mild-mannered travelling salesman who unintentionally angers the driver of a lorry. Suddenly, the lorry is not only riding his tail but trying to run him off the road. No matter what he does (pulling over, stopping at a diner, calling the cops), he can't get rid of it. Spielberg makes the wise decision of never showing the driver, even as he cranks the voltage on the film's suspense elements. As a result, the lorry itself takes on an air of satanic menace--even a personality of sorts--as it seems to hunt its human prey. Spielberg made a lot out of a little, suggesting just how skilled a storyteller he would become. --Marshall Fine

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