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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 the 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)
Dennis Weaver .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Pat Eustis .... camera car operator (uncredited)
Sherman Kunkel .... camera operator (uncredited)
Music Department
Paul Beaver .... musician: keyboards (uncredited)
Bob Bornstein .... music copyist (uncredited)
Dennis Budimir .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Larry Bunker .... musician: drums, percussion (uncredited)
Al Casey .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Mike Deasy .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Sandy DeCrescent .... orchestra manager (uncredited)
Victor Feldman .... musician: drums, percussion (uncredited)
Sam Freed Jr. .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Billy Goldenberg .... conductor (uncredited)
Milt Holland .... musician: drums, percussion (uncredited)
Anatol Kaminsky .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Artie Kane .... musician: keyboards (uncredited)
Armand Kaproff .... musician: cello (uncredited)
Nathan Kaproff .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Carol Kaye .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Edgar Lustgarten .... musician: cello (uncredited)
Virginia Majewski .... musician: viola (uncredited)
Hal Mooney .... music supervisor (uncredited)
Erno Neufeld .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Dorothy Remsen .... musician: harp (uncredited)
Emil Richards .... musician: drums, percussion (uncredited)
Eleanor Slatkin .... musician: cello (uncredited)
Milton Thomas .... musician: viola (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Donald P. Desmond .... transportation (uncredited)
Alfred Schultz .... transportation captain (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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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 | Australia:NRC (original rating) | Brazil:12 | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Denmark:11 | Finland:K-12 (1984) | Finland:K-16 (1973) | France:Tous publics | Iceland:L | Italy:VM14 (DVD rating) | Japan:G (2009) | Netherlands:6 | 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 (certificate #26971) (1983) | West Germany:16

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Parker Brothers merchandised the film with a board game. It didn't sell well, and examples have become somewhat scarce.See more »
Continuity: Inside the cafe, just as the cook says "oh? looked like a big complication to me", you see a table with a mostly-green floral arrangement on it, to the right of the window. A few moments later, that table and greenery has moved to the back corner of the area where Mann is sitting, and the wood chair that had been in that corner has shifted left, toward the center of the wall. The floral arrangement on that corner table remains mainly green.. ..until the waitress brings Mann's food, at which point it has changed to a completely different set of flowers (possibly the one that had been on the booth-table directly behind Mann, albeit turned - large yellow flower, red ribbon on a white vase)... Also, from that same moment, the wood chair is gone. Also, the yellow/red floral arrangement, during the time it was still on the booth-table behind Mann, alternated from being centered to being near the edge of the table.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:
The Duel (end titles and end credits)See more »


What are the differences between the VHS and the DVD Version?
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26 out of 32 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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