Duel (1971)

TV Movie   |  PG   |    |  Action, Thriller


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


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16 May 2005 | SmileysWorld
9
| The TV movie that was a true cinematic experience.
I can recall vividly watching this movie as an ABC movie of the week at the tender age of six.Very few movies at that time in my life had the ability to captivate me.Duel was one of the fortunate few.We have a mild mannered businessman,excellently played by Dennis Weaver,on his way to a very important appointment.Suddenly,there is trouble ahead in the form of a ruthless tanker truck driver.For unexplained reasons,the truck driver singles out David Mann(Weaver)as the recipient of whatever rage and torment possesses him.Along the way,we have an apparently unsympathetic diner crowd,among whom this mad truck driver may have mixed in with while David was freshening up in the diner's restroom.Which one of them is it?Did he ever come in at all?Did he just linger outside,adding to David's torment?Then,there is the lady at the Snakerama,whose reptile displays are leveled when the truck driver realizes that David is trying to notify police in her phone booth.David ends up searching for strength he's not sure he possesses in order to combat this unseen menace.I love the idea of the driver never being seen,as the unseen is often more frightening than what is thrown in our face.This film may have been made for television,but it played like something you would see in a movie theater.I understand that it was in fact,released in theaters in England later on after Spielberg added some more footage.I am envious that they got to see this Hitchcock like thriller on the big screen.I consider it a grand edition to my DVD library.Great stuff.

2/28/2006 R.I.P. Dennis Weaver (1924-2006)

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Did You Know?

Trivia

In 1971, Steven Spielberg's secretary suggested the story to him after reading it in Playboy magazine.


Quotes

David Mann: Talk about pollution.


Goofs

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).


Crazy Credits

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


Alternate Versions

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.


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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Action | Thriller

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