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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 »
User Reviews:
Road Rage, Spielberg style. See more (295 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 .... 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)
 
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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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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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) | Netherlands:14 (original rating) | Norway:12 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:15 (2014) | Spain:13 | Sweden:11 | UK:AA (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) | UK:12 (theatrical version) (2015) | USA:PG (1984) | West Germany:12
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Trivia:
Although Steven Spielberg wanted Dennis Weaver from the beginning, Weaver actually wasn't signed until the evening before shooting was to begin.See more »
Goofs:
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 »
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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Movie Connections:
Spoofed in Minimum Overdrive (2004)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Duel (end titles and end credits)See more »

FAQ

What are the differences between the VHS and the DVD Version?
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31 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
Road Rage, Spielberg style., 3 November 2004
Author: jaywolfenstien from USA

From the opening credits, where we see a POV of David Mann's car pulling out of his driveway off to who-knows-where, the viewer knows their in for something special. Indeed, Duel is something special. It's essentially a 90 minute chase with the occasional brief intermissions for scenery change. This could get old really quick, and indeed it does get old . . . but I can't help but watch in amazement and observe how long Spielberg kept me engaged in just two vehicles on open roads.

And interestingly enough, ten minutes after the film started boring me it recaptured my interest for the breathtaking finale.

After Duel, the Creeper truck and the semi from JoyRide are pushovers. This is the Freddy Krueger of vehicles, and the truck (not its driver) is treated as the bad guy. I particularly loved when the truck was shot in silhouette through the tunnel - beautiful and haunting composition. Also the shots where the camera pulls around Mann's car and travels parallel up along the truck – simply put, 'awesome cinematography.' The high number of interesting shots (on location, no less) of the truck chasing Mann is what really drives this film forward. It takes a long time for this particular flair and flavor of film to get boring.

Dennis Weaver plays his part of David extremely well; unfortunately, I didn't much care for the spineless middle-class Joe-shmo character on the page. I think part of my dislike comes from those annoying internal monologues that were totally unnecessary. It's always been a cheap gimmick in my mind, and Weaver truly communicates those emotions without the added soundtrack. Still, despite a character that I did not like, Duel managed to keep me engaged in the story . . . strangely enough.

Earlier I spoke of brief intermissions from the chase; notice I didn't say the tension is eased up here. Spielberg finds ways to lace these breathers with suspense through the presence of the truck (still, more to do with the truck itself than the driver). And really, it's through these intermissions that we meet other (very colorful) characters who make quite an impact considering their bit parts (then again, maybe it's due to the fact that juxtaposed to an empty desert any character is colorful).

I appreciate the lack of any real information, lack of a motive, lack of background story on Mann, very little info (if any) on Mann's destination. I do, however, think Spielberg went just a bit too far with the ambiguity; however, that's a very minor complaint that I don't care to dwell on. Sure a few points needed to be touched on more, but then again the Freddy Krueger of diesel trucks is chasing you, are you really going to stop and ask it a question?

I wish the character emotions had taken the same route instead of feeding the audience those redundant internal monologues. Oh well, there's a fun contrast for you.

In my review of T3, I wrote 'I wonder what director will be the first to direct the very first film composed solely of one action scene?' Spielberg comes pretty damn close, and the funny thing is his 60+ minutes of chase footage is more interesting than the new millennium's 10+ minute chases. Rock on Steven!

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