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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 (102 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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed it June 1 2014
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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 prices and availability he gets the shows but we both have bought more from amazon in the last six months then any store. I believe I have not purchased any show fri the stores in six or more months just from amazon. You have me hooked and also Alyssa p is one awesome rep and has helped me out on many occasions and if it wasn't for her big help i likely would have given up a long time ago. Please would you let Alyssa p know how much I appreciate all she has done i would be really grateful if you would personally let her know it is from Colleen.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad May 27 2014
By cheryl
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Early days of Spielberg Feb. 24 2014
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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.
Action from beginning to end you can see where JAWS plot comes from Duel.
In JAWS you have a crazy Great White in Duel a Crazy Truck Driver who chases
down innocent drivers & collects licence plates from his victims & mounts them
on the front bumper of his truck.
I Highly recommend this Movie for your collection
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4.0 out of 5 stars an oldie but a goodie Dec 5 2013
By Les
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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 !!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Duel March 2 2013
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One of my favourite cult films. Dennis Weaver is tremendous in his roll as a mild mannered salesman and husband. Hang on as a leasurely drive through the California hills becomes a nightmare on wheels!
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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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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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