Doesn't the title of the list explain it well enough? This is a list of 200+ quality "short" films. Easy…
Fear is the driving force.
Travelling businessman, David Mann, angers the driver of a rusty tanker whilst crossing the Californian desert. A simple trip turns deadly as Mann struggles to stay on the road while the tanker plays cat and mouse with his life.
Steven Spielberg's feature film debut is a highly underrated masterpiece which presents the master director making remarkable use of his talent, creativity & passion for filmmaking to craft a mystery-thriller that remains nail-bitingly tense from start to finish and is the first entry in what would later become one of the most celebrated film careers of all time.
Initially conceived as a TV film & later turned into a full-length theatrical, Duel concerns a business commuter who is stalked & terrorized by a psychotic truck driver throughout the Californian desert highway for no specified reasons. The story is mostly narrated visually & makes minimal use of dialogues or music yet there is an eerie atmosphere it retains throughout its runtime which is brilliantly executed.…
I'd like to report a truck driver who's been endangering my life.
Duel is a travelers worst nightmare.
Sure you can get caught by a murderous band of backwoods cannibals, but at least you have a chance to escape.
One of my worst nightmares is one that involves me being pursued relentlessly by an unstoppable enemy without anyone else to help. I mean nightmares in a literal sense.
I've had that nightmare before.
It was called Terminator.
But seriously, there is just something so dreadful and tense about a chase that will never end. The situation breathes urgency and wits into the characters and gives them a fight for their life that only exists in films. This is a scenario…
There is nothing worse when traveling than dealing with aggressive drivers.
But when the aggressor is in a huge dirty ass fume spilling semi truck it's just down right scary!
That's what this entire film is about.
Dennis Weaver as David Mann is a traveling business man headed to an appointment in another town and in a hurry, as he simply passes a semi truck a semi driven by a complete asshole and thats when a deadly game of cat and mouse ensues.
A tense filled 90 minute ride from Steven Spielberg that you won't soon forget.
Not so long ago on Twitter there was a hashtag meme going around called #verylastfilm, to which I gave the answer Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. A fine answer, it will always be one of the greatest films to my mind ever made, yet the answer I should have given was the Steven Spielberg film everybody forgets, his very first: Duel. You see it was my very first film too, well to some extent. Back in the 1980's as a young boy, my love of cinema was formed by several different kinds of films I first saw at a very young age - some were science-fiction such as Star Trek, others action such as James Bond or adventure such…
Part of Humble Beginnings
I really feel Spielberg's next film should be set at a budget of $450.000, the same amount for which he made his debut.
It is very interesting to see where a big budget, commercial director like Spielberg found his footing. With Duel he already displays his skill in allowing the camera to tell a story. Duel's strength and unavoidable weakness lie in its simplicity. Because of the simple nature of he story and the small budget, Spielberg is forced to become creative and look for clever solutions to keep his audience entertained. And at that he succeeds admirably.
He manages to make this cat and mouse game tense, making you participant of the protagonist's plight, which…
A fine first outing for Spielberg, and so refreshing to see him work with a tiny budget compaired to the blockbusters he's known for. Hopefully he'll return to his roots one day.
That truck is terrifying, and even if the pace isn't all it could have been, this is still nail biting tension all the way through. Much of that tension is thanks to the inventive use of the camera, some really great shots here, and Dennis Weaver being a believable victim. He got me hooked and I could easily see me shitting my self if placed in that same situation. Actually, I pictured that plight many times while watching, wich goes to show how successful this little TV film really is.
Can u believe this is a Speilberg's movie.
One car - One truck - a long Road
Boring yet an interesting premise.
Truckers are scarier than sharks.
I'm in the camp that thinks Spielberg should have stuck to making horrors, thrillers, and adventure flicks like Jaws, Duel, and Raiders/Jurassic Park instead of becoming a painfully sentimental and heavy handed filmmaker. Duel is a low budget road movie that is absolutely brimming with tension and maintains a constant sense of dread surrounding the protagonist. The film did an exceptional job of making me feel like I was the one there on that desert highway being terrorized by an insane truck driver.
Spielberg's debut film about a man who accidentally pisses off a man driving a sinister-looking rusted out old tanker truck. This movie is pretty intense and I appreciated it's barebones approach....there's very little dialogue and just miles and miles of psychological warfare, faceoffs and car crashes. You never actually see the driver of the evil truck other than an arm or a boot so the truck almost becomes an entity of itself. Dennis Weaver is pretty convincing as the non-confrontational pussy family man running scared until he reaches his breaking point. Kind of annoying that the movie was made for TV so it was shot in full-screen and a full theatrical release probably would've allowed for some more vivid language and violence, but thats about all one could really complain about.
"I'd like to report a truck driver who's been endangering my life."- David Mann
Steven Spielberg's directorial debut shows what a talented filmmaker he is. Even way back before he was famous he had talent. Duel was made on a very limited budget and somehow it turned out as a good little film. The main reason for this is the incredible camerawork. There are a lot of great shots in Duel. I was very impressed with this aspect of the film and was surprised that a first time director could have so much skill in this department.
Duel has a very thin plot. Basically a man in terrorized by an unknown truck driver for and hour and a half. Despite…
Although this concept seems fairly simple it made for a very interesting movie that had me on the edge of my seat the entire time. I hate driving next to oil tankers on the highway so with this film featuring one speeding and weaving all over the road, it had me bracing for an explosion for the majority of the movie. It was pretty small scale for a Steven Spielberg film but the road rage story was relatable and done in a way that made it very tense. A lot of the style was reminiscent of Alfred Hitchcock and I thought that not showing the driver was an effective way of making him seem even more menacing. One thing that…
Exciting watch. Gives me a new appreciation for "How's My Driving?" bumper stickers as they probably prevent commercial drivers from letting road rage consume them. That, and cell phones.
'Duel'. I dragged my hesitant daddy along to the Astor theatre to experience the raw power of 'Jaws' and 'Duel'. He said he wouldn't be able to sit through 'Jaws' again, but he'd come and experience 'Duel'. He is one guy that doesn't like a late night. So if you're dragging him out, it better be good and boy, it was good. As soon as it opened, you could feel the crowd buzzing in anticipation and excitement for what was about to proceed. It was late on Monday night and everybody wanted their fix; their 'Duel' fix.
Five minutes in, dad anxiously whispered, 'I think we're sitting too close.' We were sitting front row on the balcony and it was…
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- Final Cut - Ladies & Gentlemen
- For All Mankind
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- Tokyo Story
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- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- Tokyo Story
- The Rules of the Game