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Duel (1971)

A business commuter is pursued and terrorized by the malevolent driver of a massive tractor-trailer.

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The Truck Driver (as Cary Loftin)
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Car Driver (as Dale VanSickle)
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Storyline

While traveling through the desert for an appointment with a client, the businessman David Mann from California passes a slow and old tanker truck. The psychotic truck driver feels offended and chases David along the empty highway trying to kill him. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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The Killer's Weapon - A 40 Ton Truck See more »

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Action | Thriller

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13 November 1971 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dvoboj  »

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$450,000 (estimated)
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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

All of it was shot on location. See more »

Goofs

During one of the first chases, Mann's seatbelt disappears and reappears between shots. 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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Crazy Credits

A scene plays out over the credits where David Mann sits on the edge of the cliff throwing stones. See more »

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Soundtracks

Brush Those Tears from Your Eyes
(uncredited)
Written by Al Trace (as Clem Watts), Oakley Haldeman and James Lee
Published by MCA Music (ASCAP)
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An Amazing Cinematic Achievement
26 January 2008 | by See all my reviews

I remember seeing this movie when I was younger with my mom and it terrified me. A little older now, almost 20, I found this film for cheap at Borders and just had to pick it up. It is still very terrifying to this day. Steven Spielberg directs and Richard Matheson writes, that is honestly as good as it gets. If you want terror, see this movie as soon as possible.

It truly is a shame that the majority of horror/suspense films use so much CGI to rely on scares these days. This is one of the most terrifying films ever made and it only relies on a car, an old truck and the open road. I wish movies today would at least for this kind of suspense. Duel truly mastered it.

The story is simple but amazing. A man traveling for a business meeting is terrorized by a truck driver who intentions are to kill him. Dennis Weaver's performance is spot on and his character is brilliant. The cinematography is breath taking. Everything about this movie will keep you on the edge of your seat until the credits begin to roll.

I think this is Spielberg's best film and fans of his films will definitely enjoy this piece of horror/suspense. Don't go too much longer without seeing it.


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