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Director:
Writers:
Richard Matheson (screenplay)
Richard Matheson (story)
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Release Date:
13 November 1971 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A duel is about to begin between a man, a truck, and an open road. Where a simple battle of wits is now a matter of life and death. See more »
Plot:
A business commuter is pursued and terrorized by a malevolent driver of a massive tractor-trailer. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 3 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
(207 articles)
Directors' Trademarks: Steven Spielberg
 (From Cinelinx. 26 August 2014, 5:30 PM, PDT)

Joseph O'Brien Talks Walking the Devil's Mile
 (From Dread Central. 14 July 2014, 8:00 AM, PDT)

Steven Spielberg Film Collection Coming To Blu-Ray
 (From We Got This Covered. 2 July 2014, 12:07 PM, PDT)

User Reviews:
Just When You Thought It Was Safe to Go Back on the Highways... See more (285 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Dennis Weaver ... David Mann

Jacqueline Scott ... Mrs. Mann
Eddie Firestone ... Cafe Owner
Lou Frizzell ... Bus Driver
Gene Dynarski ... Man in Cafe
Lucille Benson ... Lady at Snakerama
Tim Herbert ... Gas Station Attendant
Charles Seel ... Old Man
Shirley O'Hara ... Waitress
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)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Shawn Steinman ... Girl on school bus (uncredited)

Directed by
Steven Spielberg 
 
Writing credits
Richard Matheson (screenplay)

Richard Matheson (story)

Produced by
George Eckstein .... producer
 
Original Music by
Billy Goldenberg 
 
Cinematography by
Jack A. Marta (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Frank Morriss 
 
Art Direction by
Robert S. Smith 
 
Set Decoration by
Sal Blydenburgh  (as S. Blydenburgh)
 
Production Management
Wallace Worsley Jr. .... unit production manager (as Wallace Worsley)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
James Fargo .... assistant director (as Jim Fargo)
 
Sound Department
Jerry Christian .... sound effects editor
Edwin S. Hall .... sound
Sam Caylor .... sound (uncredited)
Dale Johnston .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Jack Kirschner .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Ronald LaVine .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Sid Lubow .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Richard Raderman .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Carey Loftin .... stunt coordinator (as Cary Loftin)
Carol Daniels .... stunts (uncredited)
Carey Loftin .... stunts (uncredited)
Dale Van Sickel .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Pat Eustis .... camera car operator (uncredited)
Sherman Kunkel .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Mike Deasy .... musician (uncredited)
Hal Mooney .... music supervisor (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Donald P. Desmond .... transportation (uncredited)
Alby Thomas .... transportation coordinator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
James W. Gavin .... helicopter pilot (uncredited)
Junior Newman .... mechanic (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Duel of Death" - Hong Kong (English title) (rerun title)
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Runtime:
90 min | USA:74 min (original version)
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1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System) | DTS
Certification:
Australia:PG | Brazil:12 | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:K-12 (1984) | Finland:K-16 (1973) | Iceland:L | Italy:VM14 (DVD rating) | Japan:G (2009) | Norway:12 | Singapore:PG | Spain:13 | Sweden:11 | UK:AA (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) | USA:PG | USA:PG (1984) | West Germany:12
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
"Chuck's Cafe" still exists today. A French restaurant occupies the original structure a few miles south of Acton, CA.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: During the scene at the railway crossing, in one shot the lettering on the freight cars appears in mirror image. (It is not possible that we're seeing a reflection in the rear view mirror, as the train is in front of the car and still seems to be moving the right way anyway).See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
[radio playing, driving down the road, approaches the truck]
[David coughs, coughs again]
David Mann:Talk about pollution.
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Soundtrack:
Brush Those Tears from Your EyesSee more »

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83 out of 95 people found the following review useful.
Just When You Thought It Was Safe to Go Back on the Highways..., 4 April 1999
Author: Donald J. Lamb from Philadelphia, PA

DUEL is Spielberg's JAWS of the highway, a raucous nascar race of a film that was "made for TV". Usually, the phrase made-for-TV makes me ill, but Universal TV executives had no clue what they had here. It was so good, the film got its fitting recognition in Europe, where it was released theatrically. Spielberg's own idol, director David Lean, praised the film's suspense and excitement. A testimonial from Sir David Lean is enough to get any career going. DUEL begins from the point of view of a driver, and never lets up. The fear Dennis Weaver encounters consists not only of the monster truck itself, which is on an unexpected death chase, but of the inability to see who (or what) is behind the wheel.

It seemed like a great episode of THE TWILIGHT ZONE, and Rod Serling would've been proud. Speed kills and you may never pass a slow truck on the highway again after seeing this. There is no character development, no humor, no identifiable characters, but in this case, who cares? It is only 90 minutes long and Spielberg's goal is to make you tired. To make you experience what this everyday salesman is going through for NO apparent reason. Besides a shark in the ocean, I really can't think of another more frightful situation to be in.

The truck itself is sinister looking, almost resembling one from RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK. The only remnant of a human being in the truck is an arm. The arm waves much like the hitch-hiker in the famous TWILIGHT ZONE episode. Weaver is cheesy and silly looking in his Peter Fonda-esque shades, but it is a sign of the times. You don't necessarily find yourself rooting for him to escape alive. Basically, you are held prisoner by Spielberg's web of suspense, and stay wide-eyed the entire time. Great fun to watch on big or small screen.

RATING: 8 of 10

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