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

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Steven Spielberg

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Richard Matheson (screenplay), Richard Matheson (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dennis Weaver ... David Mann
Jacqueline Scott ... Mrs. Mann
Eddie Firestone ... Cafe Owner
Lou Frizzell Lou Frizzell ... Bus Driver
Gene Dynarski ... Man in Cafe
Lucille Benson ... Lady at Snakerama
Tim Herbert ... Gas Station Attendant
Charles Seel Charles Seel ... Old Man
Shirley O'Hara ... Waitress
Alexander Lockwood Alexander Lockwood ... Old Man in Car
Amy Douglass Amy Douglass ... Old Woman in Car
Dick Whittington Dick Whittington ... Radio Interviewer (voice)
Carey Loftin ... The Truck Driver (as Cary Loftin)
Dale Van Sickel ... 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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When the headlights of a truck become the eyes of a psychopath. See more »


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TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 November 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Duel See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$450,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,544
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Television See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (original)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Steven Spielberg stated that he approached this movie in the manner of a Toho monster movie, replacing Godzilla with an 18 wheeler tanker truck. See more »

Goofs

When the passing train wakes up Mann, the back left door of his car is slightly opened and the window is half-opened. Both the door and the window are closed in the next shot. 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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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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Another new scene, where Weaver stops at a gas station and phones his wife, was written by producer George Eckstein to inflate the running time to the requested 90 minutes. This was reportedly done against Spielberg's wishes. See more »

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Referenced in Citizen Steve (1987) See more »

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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A Genius Is Born
12 May 2007 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

While traveling through the desert for an appointment with a client, the businessman David Mann (Dennis Weaver) 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.

In the 70's, in Rio de Janeiro, most of the teenagers like me watched the impressive movie of a new and promising director called Steven Spielberg. On the beach, in school, in bars, everybody in Rio commented the story of a crazy truck driver that chases a common man in his car along the lonely roads through the desert. Thirty-six years later, I have just watched "Duel" on DVD with my son and it is fantastic to see how this movie has not aged. The tense and suspenseful story consists basically of a storyline, without development of characters, one actor, two stunts, lots of action and a magnificent work of direction and edition. One amazing detail is that all the afflictive and credible situation happens on the day light, i.e., Spielberg does not need to use the usual fear of the night to create a stunning tale of horror and fear, showing his talent of genius in his worldwide debut. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Encurralado" ("Trapped")


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