A business commuter is pursued and terrorized by the malevolent driver of a massive tractor-trailer.



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Complete credited cast:
Mrs. Mann
Cafe Owner
Lou Frizzell ...
Bus Driver
Gene Dynarski ...
Man in Cafe
Lucille Benson ...
Tim Herbert ...
Gas Station Attendant
Charles Seel ...
Old Man
Shirley O'Hara ...
Alexander Lockwood ...
Old Man in Car
Amy Douglass ...
Old Woman in Car
Dick Whittington ...
Radio Interviewer (voice)
Carey Loftin ...
The Truck Driver (as Cary Loftin)
Car Driver (as Dale VanSickle)


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Fear is the driving force. See more »


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Release Date:

13 November 1971 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Duellen  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$450,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)|



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Gregory Peck was considered briefly to play the lead before it was decided to make it a TV-movie. See more »


Many times when David Mann looks into his rear-view mirror, a crew member can be seen ducking in the backseat of his car. See more »


[first lines]
[radio playing, driving down the road, approaches the truck]
[David coughs, coughs again]
David Mann: Talk about pollution.
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Crazy Credits

A scene plays out over the credits where David Mann sits on the edge of the cliff throwing stones. See more »


Referenced in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) See more »


The Duel (end titles and end credits)
Written by Billy Goldenberg
Published by Leeds Music Corporation (ASCAP)
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One Helluva Ride
1 September 2003 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

This film proves that television can produce a quality film. Much like Spielberg's first big theatrical hit, "Jaws", this film deals with a menace, the driver, that is pretty much unseen for most of the film. It also preys upon our fear of being caught in a desperate situation with no one around to help. Also, Dennis Weaver was perfectly cast as the unfortunate motorist that happens to be the prey of a psychotic truck driver. This definitely is a far cry from Weaver's most famous role of Marshall Sam McCloud, who was the typical hero compared to the terrified motorist he plays in this film. Too bad that we here in the United States never got a chance to see this great film in a theater like the rest of the world. This is definitely a classic suspense film.

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