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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:
The ultimate car chase movie... See more (284 total) »

Cast

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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)
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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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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: As David Mann is walking towards his seat in Chuck's Cafe after his visit to the rest room, the shadow of the camera can be clearly seen on his back.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 »

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51 out of 57 people found the following review useful.
The ultimate car chase movie..., 9 August 2000

Leave it to prosemaster extraordinaire, Richard Matheson (a favorite of mine and the man Stephen King acknowledges as being his biggest influence), to come up a premise so simple yet so believable and terrifying that the viewer will never look at an eighteen-wheeler the same way ever again...and leave it to cinematic wunderkind, Stephen Spielburg, to do right by Matheson's script and win acclaim in the bargain.

Though some may argue that "Bullit", "Vanishing Point", or maybe even the original "Gone in 60 Seconds" could be called the ultimate car chase movie, "Duel" deserves this designation better because it does something none of the above films can claim. The story literally starts on the road and ends on the road. No location in the entire film is ever out of sight of the highway and, in spite of the brief conversation with the wife, virtually nothing else happens outside the highway. For David Mann (played adequately enough by Dennis Weaver) and the monster truck he's trying to get away from, the road and everything alongside it is their entire universe. Nothing else of importance exists outside of it.

Though it's never mentioned in the film, this would seem to take place on the California highways. When I went out there about eight years ago, I went down roads that seemed to be not too dissimiliar to the ones shown here. They seemed to stretch on forever, no vestiges of civilization in sight for miles. Spielburg uses this setting to great advantage. Being in your car in a crowded city intersection is one thing, but on those highways with nothing but your car and a homicidal maniac in a diesel for miles? The isolation factor that cars naturally produce jumps up a thousand percent. The radiator hose problem made me think of many other times that I had similar troubles with cars I've had. Of course, I never had someone trying to kill me at the time, but...

Anyone looking for drama, character development, or all the other elements that pseudo-critics point out as the mark of cinematic excellence are liable to be disappointed by "Duel". It's what King described in "Danse Macabre" as a Tale of the Hook. It's only purpose is to scare the hell out of you. Damn if it doesn't work. THAT'S the mark of a classic.

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