TV Movie | PG | | Action, Thriller
A business commuter is pursued and terrorized by the malevolent driver of a massive tractor-trailer.
In 1971, Steven Spielberg's secretary suggested the story to him after reading it in Playboy magazine.
Talk about pollution.
When David Mann first passes the truck, we get a view of the landscape and roadside objects as he passes. When he has to pass the truck a second time, a few miles down the road, the same footage is used (as evidenced by the same objects appearing on the roadside and horizon).
A scene plays out over the credits where David Mann sits on the edge of the cliff throwing stones.
Spielberg shot an additional 16 minutes of footage (bringing the running time up to 90 minutes from the original 74 of the TV version), including a longer title sequence, the expansion of the gas station / laundromat scene towards the beginning of the film (the entire phone conversation with David Mann's wife being added), and the addition of a scene showing the killer truck trying to push Mann's car under a train at a railroad crossing. These new scenes can be noted by the fact that, for shooting the new footage, Universal had to purchase both a new red Plymouth Valiant and a similar Peterbilt semi truck. The Valiant is a 1972 model, which is very close to the original 1971 model in the original film, but not exact - and the differences can be noted in the film.
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