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Steven Spielberg directs this high-velocity thriller about a motorist terrorized by an evil truck. Spielberg's first full-length movie, Duel, helped jumpstart the director's big-screen career, with a gripping, action-packed story hailed by critics as a film that "belongs on the classics shelf reserved for top suspensers" (Dailey Variety). Dennis Weaver stars as the traveling salesman waging a desperate battle for survival after he is mysteriously singled out. Praised for its deft use of relentlessly mounting psychological tension, Duel features one of the most uniquely terrifying "characters" in movie history: a massive, roaring, 40-ton truck with sheer menace. A few years later, the action of Spielberg's blockbuster hit Jaws would echo Duel's tale of a lone hero in a heart-stopping fight to the finish against a monstrous, inhuman foe.
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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This is Steven Spielbergs first film originally film for television in North America and released theatrically in Europe. Read morePublished 12 days ago by K. D.
Always liked this first movie by Spielberg. I had the VHS which was getting worn,and thus ordered the DVD version.Published 18 days ago by Ron RIchard
This movie is very well done, both the acting and the action scenes. The truck itself is very menacing, not unlike the shark from Jaws. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Steven Fowler
Nail biter still after all these years. Another great film that has a huge following. Wonderful Spielberg film.Published 4 months ago by Pamela Daly
Spielbergs pre Jaws movie, this show has awesome atmosphere as Weavers character progresses to aggressor near the end. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Billy