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Release Date:
13 November 1971 (USA) See more »
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 »
A business commuter is pursued and terrorized by a malevolent driver of a massive tractor-trailer. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (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)
Carey Loftin .... stunt coordinator (as Cary Loftin)
Carol Daniels .... stunts (uncredited)
Carey Loftin .... stunt driver (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)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Duel of Death" - Hong Kong (English title) (rerun title)
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90 min | USA:74 min (original version) | 85 min (Extended Version)
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System) | DTS
Australia:PG | Brazil:12 | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:K-12 (1984) | Finland:K-16 (1973) | Iceland:L | Italy:VM14 (DVD rating) | Japan:G (2009) | Netherlands:14 (original rating) | Norway:12 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:15 (2014) | Spain:13 | Sweden:11 | UK:12 (video rating) (2015) | UK:PG (video rating) (1987) | UK:AA (original rating) (1972) | USA:PG (1983) | West Germany:12

Did You Know?

David Mann's car was a 1970 red Plymouth Valiant with California license plate 149 PCE.See more »
Continuity: During one of the first chases, Mann's seatbelt disappears and reappears between shots.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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Movie Connections:
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What are the differences between the VHS and the DVD Version?
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24 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
The TV movie that was a true cinematic experience., 16 May 2005
Author: SmileysWorld from United States

I can recall vividly watching this movie as an ABC movie of the week at the tender age of six.Very few movies at that time in my life had the ability to captivate me.Duel was one of the fortunate few.We have a mild mannered businessman,excellently played by Dennis Weaver,on his way to a very important appointment.Suddenly,there is trouble ahead in the form of a ruthless tanker truck driver.For unexplained reasons,the truck driver singles out David Mann(Weaver)as the recipient of whatever rage and torment possesses him.Along the way,we have an apparently unsympathetic diner crowd,among whom this mad truck driver may have mixed in with while David was freshening up in the diner's restroom.Which one of them is it?Did he ever come in at all?Did he just linger outside,adding to David's torment?Then,there is the lady at the Snakerama,whose reptile displays are leveled when the truck driver realizes that David is trying to notify police in her phone booth.David ends up searching for strength he's not sure he possesses in order to combat this unseen menace.I love the idea of the driver never being seen,as the unseen is often more frightening than what is thrown in our face.This film may have been made for television,but it played like something you would see in a movie theater.I understand that it was in fact,released in theaters in England later on after Spielberg added some more footage.I am envious that they got to see this Hitchcock like thriller on the big screen.I consider it a grand edition to my DVD library.Great stuff.

2/28/2006 R.I.P. Dennis Weaver (1924-2006)

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