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Duel (1971)

TV Movie  |  PG  |   |  Action, Thriller  |  13 November 1971 (USA)
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A business commuter is pursued and terrorized by a malevolent driver of a massive tractor-trailer.



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Complete credited cast:
Mrs. Mann
Eddie Firestone ...
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)
Dale Van Sickel ...
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

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When the headlights of a truck become the eyes of a psychopath. See more »


Action | Thriller


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Release Date:

13 November 1971 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Duellen  »

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$450,000 (estimated)

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1.33 : 1
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Lucille Benson (Lady at Snakerama Gas Station) also appears as a gas station attendant in Steven Spielberg's 1941 (1979). Two other characters Spielberg reused in his other movies are the elderly couple in the car, who were featured as a couple in Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977). See more »


The same green Chevrolet Caprice station wagon with wood paneling is seen at least three times during the movie. First, on the highway during the opening sequence as David Mann is driving out of town; again when it drives by Chuck's Cafe; and finally it has to swerve dramatically around David's car when he stops it in the middle of the road when he sees the truck waiting for him. 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 »


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The Duel (end titles and end credits)
Written by Billy Goldenberg
Published by Leeds Music Corporation (ASCAP)
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Sometimes you just have to get the hell out of the way!
29 September 2000 | by (Muskogee OK) – See all my reviews

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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