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.