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
According to Richard Matheson, he was inspired to write the original short story "Duel" after an encounter with a tailgating truck driver on November 22, 1963, the day that John F. Kennedy was assassinated. See more »
In the wide shot overlooking the truck at the gas station, a camera shadow can be seen on the truck's roof, at the bottom of the screen. See more »
[radio playing, driving down the road, approaches the truck]
[David coughs, coughs again]
Talk about pollution.
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A scene plays out over the credits where David Mann sits on the edge of the cliff throwing stones. 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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