TV Movie | PG | | Action, Thriller
A business commuter is pursued and terrorized by the malevolent driver of a massive tractor-trailer.
While many only first learned of Spielberg's name later after "Jaws" and "Close Encounters of the Third Kind," the 1971, "Duel," for many, was not only well known years before but associated with Spielberg's fame.
Talk about pollution.
When the Valiant is slowing as it's overheating, we see several shots of the car's speedometer drop down to as low as 15 mph. When the shot immediately switches back to Mann behind the wheel, we clearly see from the landscape outside the car, it's going much faster than that.
The man with the sandwich is referred to as "Hoagy Man".
The 5.1 remix that's provided on both the DVD and Blu-ray release contains new sound effects for the engine sounds, along with several other small sound effects throughout the film (though the original mono mix is provided as well in DTS-HD 2.0). Plus the Blu-ray is presented in a matted 1.85:1 ratio to closer represent what was shown in theaters during its limited theatrical release, rather than the 1.33:1 broadcast ratio shown on ABC in 1971.