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Duel (1971) Movie Information

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Steven Spielberg


Dennis Weaver
Eddie Firestone
Gene Dynarski
Tim Herbert
Charles Seel
Shirley O'Hara





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A man plays a deadly game of cat and mouse with a driver of an 18-wheeler.

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Like The Birds before it, this film is more about the director's skill at cultivating a sense of menace and tension rather than any form of plot development. In that spirit, a travelling salesman inadvertantly pisses off the driver of a huge semi truck, who then pursues him in a gripping game of cat and mouse down the highway. It may not sound like much, but Spielberg's abilities as a storyteller are obvious even at this early stage in his career. Weaver also deserves a nod as he has to carry the movie pretty much by himself being the only human combatant to be seen!

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Snoogans 12/08/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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A straight-up 90 min. car battle over long stretches of highway. On that level, this movie completely succeeds. The excellent plot and pacing make for an perfect escalation of tension. A small, furious motorists thriller. Surprisingly well made for being originally conceived as a television film. Huge promising start for legendary director Spielberg.

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mitchellyoung 11/03/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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You can see flashes of Spielberg's brilliance and knack for visual storytelling in his first feature effort. Made on a very low budget and with limited resources, the film does a lot with very little - using its grittiness and economy of characters to create a cat-and-mouse game that is tense from start to finish.

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Movie Maniac 08/19/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Made for T.V. then extended, Duel becomes Spielberg's first feature length film. Personally i loved it. Although it is slow enough that i cant watch it very often, Spielberg really knows how to use the camera.

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Movie God

09/22/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

A classic Made For Tv movie that stands out!

This film is a highly original piece of work. If it was made today it would not work as well, but back in the early seventies nobody had heard of road rage. It is a simple film that contains sparse dialogue. The most fascinating, but frustrating, thing about the film is the truck driver's anonymity. I have seen it countless times and played it back in slow motion freeze-frame and all we get to see besides his cowboy boots is a light-coloured shirt and a pixie-like silhouette at the beginning. When David Mann passes, sometimes it seems as though the truck is driving itself. Actually, the stuntman Carey Loftin who drove the truck almost died at the end - just escaping as the truck went over the cliff. Notice the door wide open. But the film is very cleverly shot. There are views from almost...

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08/01/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Bad -- even for a Made-for-TV movie

On a deserted stretch of desert highway, "David Mann" (Dennis Weaver) is on his way to an important meeting. He eventually catches up with a slow-moving diesel truck, which he decides to pass by. This causes the truck driver to chase "Mann" down and try to kill him.

This is a very poor attempt at directing a movie that first appeared on television, then, with added footage, in theaters, by Steven Speilberg.

There is very little suspense, not to mention dialog in this movie. We do see some interaction with characters who are briefly on screen, but none advance the storyline at all.

We mostly get to watch Weaver's character as he drives down the highway watching out for the truck that is chasing him down. Even the shots of the car and truck from the outside of the vehicles are n...

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