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

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David Mann
Mrs. Mann
Cafe Owner
Bus Driver
Man in Cafe
Lady at Snakerama
Gas Station Attendant
Old Man
Alexander Lockwood ...
Old Man in Car
Amy Douglass ...
Old Woman in Car
Dick Whittington ...
Radio Interviewer (voice)
The Truck Driver (as Cary Loftin)
Car Driver (as Dale VanSickle)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Shawn Steinman ...
Girl on school bus (uncredited)

Directed by

Steven Spielberg

Written by

Richard Matheson ... (screenplay)
Richard Matheson ... (story)

Produced by

George Eckstein ... producer

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)
Gerry Lewis ... publicist (uncredited)
Junior Newman ... mechanic (uncredited)
Michael Parkhurst ... marketing consultant (uncredited) / technical advisor (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

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

Plot Keywords
Taglines 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 »
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Additional Details

Also Known As
  • Duel of Death (Hong Kong, English title)
  • Duel of Death (World-wide, English title)
  • Duell (Germany)
  • El diablo sobre ruedas (Spain)
  • Дуел (Bulgaria, Bulgarian title)
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  • 90 min
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Budget $450,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

Trivia When Carey Loftin, playing the truck driver, asked Steven Spielberg what his motivation was for tormenting the car's driver, Spielberg told him, "You're a dirty, rotten, no-good son of a bitch." Loftin replied, "Kid, you hired the right man." See more »
Goofs When Mann approaches the phone booth at the "Snakerama" he says "Odd place for a telephone booth," and gets inside, closing the door behind him. The camera pans to the right slightly, revealing the reflection of 'Steven Spielberg (I)' in the lower right-hand side of the glass panel, wearing what appears to be a blue Hawaiian shirt, glancing up and down at the script in his hands. Behind him, the truck's reflection can also be seen. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Never Give a Trucker an Even Break (1978). See more »
Soundtracks Brush Those Tears from Your Eyes See more »
Crazy Credits A scene plays out over the credits where David Mann sits on the edge of the cliff throwing stones. See more »
Quotes Radio Interviewer: [discussing an amateur talent competition] So, what is it that you do, if I may ask?
Caller on Radio: I play meat.
Radio Interviewer: You play meat?
Caller on Radio: Yes, uh... meat. You know, beef, pork...
David Mann: [laughing] That's sick, man. That's sick.
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