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Duel (Collector's Edition)

Dennis Weaver , Jacqueline Scott , Steven Spielberg    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
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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 traveling salesman who unintentionally angers the driver of a semi truck. Suddenly, the truck 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 truck 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Watch it twice Oct. 23 2005
By Zara
Format:VHS Tape
I feel that this is a film that you have to watch twice before you can fully apreciate its content. You need to be open minded, and be prepared for a film of this structure. The directing is amazing and truly builds up the tension and the editing is at its very best, therefore very little dialogue is needed.
This is a wounderful piece of film making, however those that cannot see beyond their favorite typical shallow predictable ending type films stay away from this movie its too hot for you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:VHS Tape
This is one of Steven Spielberg's first movie. Here it is easy to see how he went from being a little known young director to a multi-zillion dollar movie mogul. Spielberg, now known for making movies with huge spaceships, cute aliens, carefully detailed war zone replicas, and sophisticated special effects, shows us how to make a movie with a very simple small allotment of resources. The main props are one car and one truck.
This movie will have you on the edge of your seat as a maniacal truck driver tries to kill a simple motorist who makes the mistake of annoying someone with a much bigger vehicle. To make matters worse, the chase occurs in the California desert where there are almost no telephones, police stations, trees to hide behind, or anything else to go to for help. Remember, this is in the days before cell phones.
"Duel" was not meant to be a prediction of the future, a movie with a social message, or a warning about where our society was headed; just an entertaining roller-coaster ride for its watchers. Nonetheless, this 1971 movie turned out to be a startlingly accurate prediction of the rise of road rage, a phenomenon that later started in Southern California and is now common nationwide.
This is the movie that passes the time quickly.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Duel- A Speilberg classic June 14 2004
Format:DVD
This movie has been reviewed many times on the basis of 'man vs. technology'. I believe a closer look at the nuances presented in the movie show an excellent metaphor of 'man (Mann?) vs. his fears'.
We are allowed to over hear the phone in radio show on Mann's (Dennis Weaver) car radio. The show highlighting how the caller is no longer master of his own house and the fears he has on how to handle it. That is echoed when Mann stops for gas. The station attendant says 'you're the boss' while Mann replies with 'not in my house' Mann's phone conversation with his wife reinforces his character of trying to hide his fears and not deal with them.
The truck is the symbol of his fears and his way of handling them, or rather avoiding them. He can't stop and let them pass by, they will always be there farhter down the road, as the truck is. He can't out run them as they will always be tailgating. Throughout all this we never identify the truck driver as that fact is unimportant.
Mann is finally backed to a corner where he has to either die or face his fears. He does face them with interesting results.
An excellent movie that should be looked at beyond the car vs. truck Duel.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Truck Monster Aug. 13 2014
By Jonathan Stover TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Duel: adapted by Richard Matheson from his novella; directed by Steven Spielberg; starring Dennis Weaver (David Mann) (1971): The late, great Richard Matheson adapted his own novella for this television movie, one of the first (and best) things ever directed by Steven Spielberg. Hitched to a great script, the young Spielberg pretty much shoots out the lights in this gripping, terse tale of Man vs. Truck(driver). David Mann vs. Truck(driver), actually.

Dennis 'McCloud' Weaver plays David Mann, a frustrated California travelling salesman driving through California's scrub brush and deserts to make an appointment. He's having problems at home, centered around his wife's perception of him as something of a nebbish. Then he innocently passes a slow-moving truck. All hell follows.

You can view this a great thriller with a sub-text that deals with a modern man's battle with his own feelings of inadequacy and emasculation. You can view this as a thriller of paranoia and terror, as the early stages of Mann's battle with the truck-driver (never fully glimpsed at any point during the movie) repeatedly put Mann in situations in which no one believes that he's in a duel to the death with a crazy person.

Weaver is flat-out terrific, sympathetic and squirmy. Screenwriters aspiring or otherwise should look at this film as a model of how to effectively use voiceover narration in a movie. We're privy to Mann's internal dialogue at points, and it's beautifully done. The scenery is suitably deserted. The truck, as much a character as Weaver, is about as sinister a vehicle as one could want, grimy and menacing and way, way too fast for its weight class.

Duel taps into very specific fears related to driving, and driving around large trucks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Minor Masterpiece of Narrative Simplicity Feb. 17 2004
By snalen
Format:DVD
Since the astronomical success of 'Jaws' in 1975, Steven Spielberg has had numerous opportunities to show us what he can do with a monster budget. Here, in what began life as an improbably good TV movie, we get to see what the youthful Spielberg could do with a budget of, by his later standards, more or less nothing. The answer is quite a lot. Indeed this is, in very many ways, a far better thriller than, say, 'Jurassic Park' or 'Minority Report'.
It's a story of extreme simplicity. It begins with a middle-aged businessman, David Mann, about whom we know almost nothing except his name, that he is married and that he is heading for a business meeting and hopes to be back in time for dinner, sets off on a long road journey north from Los Angeles in a rather tired-looking red Plymouth that could do with a service. As he comes into the mountains he gets stuck behind a huge dirty great truck. He overtakes it but then it overtakes him back. So he overtakes it again and in doing so, it would seem, he annoys Mr Truck Driver. Annoys him quite a lot. To begin with Truck Driver won't let him overtake again, swerving about to block the road. Then Truck Driver maliciously waves him forward just as an oncoming car is approaching at speed. Then Truck Driver gives chase and sets out to run him off the road. From here on, this continuing game of cat and mouse makes up the entire film. There is never any explanation of why Truck Driver reacts in such an extreme way to so mild a provocation. Indeed we never ever see Truck Driver, only his darkened windscreen, his upper arms, and, at one point, his feet. (Not quite accurate that: we do, perhaps, see him in a group of people but neither we nor Mann knows which, if any, of them is he.) .
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Classic movie and fast shipping.
Published 1 month ago by Gregory Ciortan
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed it
I enjoyed the show I am colleen and I have always done all the ordering of all the shows so far. My husband just sits back and enjoys them i do all the hard work of researching... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Nelson Holowachuk
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad
This movie is not bad but I have seen better. It was done in an earlier time so I guess this was a great movie then. Not sorry I purchased it. I will watch it again.
Published 3 months ago by cheryl
5.0 out of 5 stars Early days of Spielberg
Now here is a movie with none of the sensational violence & blood & gore
a very entertaining movie a real cliffhanger almost reminds me of The Hitcher. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Fred Rowe
4.0 out of 5 stars an oldie but a goodie
At a request of a friend who saw it years ago, I bought it and had a chance to remember how films where made 30 years ago, it was fun to watch !!
Published 9 months ago by Les
5.0 out of 5 stars Duel
One of my favourite cult films. Dennis Weaver is tremendous in his roll as a mild mannered salesman and husband. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Steve S. Morris
5.0 out of 5 stars THE CRAZY TRUCK
I LIKE THIS MOVIE ALOT ITS ABOUT A MAN ON THE ROAD AND THIS TRUCK WONTS TO KILL HIM FOR NO RESON AT ALL I DON'T KOWN WHY I THINK THE TUCK DRIVER NEEDS HELP OR SOMETHING I THINK... Read more
Published on May 18 2004 by nathan Dalke
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the first of its genre--and possibly the best
Reviewers highlight the wonderful qualities of this must-see movie, but to me one of the most praiseworthy is that it is a pioneer--that other films since "Duel" are... Read more
Published on April 10 2004 by Nancy H. Rathke
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