While traveling through the desert for an appointment with a client, the businessman David Mann from California passes a slow and old tanker truck. The psychotic truck driver feels offended and chases David along the empty highway trying to kill him. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
At the time of filming, the Federal Highways had just introduced the all yellow center line road marking guidelines. Parts of the road that Weaver drives along had just been painted in the new scheme. It is common for films made in the USA during the 'changeover' period (up to around 1975) to show roads with the original white lines and new yellow stripes. See more »
When the Valiant is slowing as it's overheating, we see several shots of the car's speedometer drop down to as low as 15 mph. When the shot immediately switches back to Mann behind the wheel, we clearly see from the landscape outside the car, it's going much faster than that. See more »
[radio playing, driving down the road, approaches the truck]
[David coughs, coughs again]
Talk about pollution.
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The man with the sandwich is referred to as "Hoagy Man". See more »
Sometimes you just have to get the hell out of the way!
Director Steven Spielberg made the big leagues with this piece of suspense. A traveling salesman(Dennis Weaver) is traveling along a lonely highway, when he notices there is a huge "big rig" following him. It is not his imagination that this massive truck-trailer is not only tailgating him, but is trying to run him off the road. Every chance he gets to allude his terrorist on wheels, the rolling menace appears again in his rear view mirror...again getting closer and closer.
The tension is spell binding. This is Weaver's best performance. Also in the cast are: Jacqueline Scott, Lucille Benson and Carey Loftin.
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