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.…
Duel is probably the most literal example of "nightmare fuel" I have ever seen.
Despite the TV movie limitations, Steven Spielberg has managed to convey an illogical yet completely visceral thriller better than most filmmakers today. And considering that this is widely recognized as his feature debut, that's even more impressive. The masterful editing, carefully planned shots, and insane premise create an engulfing atmosphere that only gets more tense as it goes along. Not to mention, the fact we never see the truck driver adds a sense of mystery to the proceedings, therefore placing the audience in the same point of view as our protagonist.
Watching this, I got the impression that Spielberg wanted to create the perfect picture of…
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…
Steven Spielberg's directorial debut is, surprisingly, one of his best films. Based on a short story, this made for TV film actually got a limited theatrical release when it was made as well, and has recently hit blu-ray, and I must say that the transfer is stunning. Being a TV movie, the film is actually changed from its original 1.33:1 aspect ratio to the modern 1.85:1 ratio, making it look more like a natural modern television program for modern widescreen TVs. The HD quality really makes the film look even more like a natural TV movie, and I loved the "soap opera effect" that the high frame rate my TV gave off produced.
Dennis Weaver's psychologically fascinating role as David…
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…
At its best when it's on the road building tension towards every encounter with the truck. This is quite an impressive feature début from Spielberg - a simple story which remains compelling and tense and refuses to give any answers; some moments seem clunky and the occasional narration is rather unnecessary but Spielberg really does create some powerful images here of the machines travelling across the landscape which perhaps even brings to mind Scott's Unstoppable. I sure wish Spielberg would make a return to this style of film-making.
Despite its TV origins and simple plot structure, Duel works extremely well as a piece of cinema and showcases Spielberg’s early ability to craft a series of brilliantly sustained tense action sequences despite the minimal budget he had. The lack of time and money also shows Spielberg at his most creative - peppering the film with some clever tracking shots around the vehicles whilst reusing footage from different angles to give the illusion of distance travelled and creating a sense of urgency and speed throughout from the way in which the vehicles were shot. Weaver’s performances is also excellent, from his initial uncertainty and panic to a finale that leaves him slightly unhinged and desperate and he is probably one…
This is Richard Matheson's picture!
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No wonder some treat this as Spielberg's true cinematic debut, even if it was technically a TV movie.
Pure, bare-bones cinema, perhaps the most bare-bones he's ever done. You can read as much or as little into the experience as you care to, but the real marvel is how effectively he builds tension, how sophisticated an eye he has for knowing when and where to cut, and how miraculously he can personify a tanker's inanimate grill.
I could have done with less personification of the movie's the one real character, however; the last thing Dennis Weaver needs here is an inner-monologue.
Still, a true precursor for what was to come.
Spielberg's made for TV and early directorial effort Duel is what you call a highly intense nailbiter. Dennis Weaver's remarkable performance and the tight cinematography overrule the lagging and clear cut nature of the story, amplifying the entire movie as a strikingly enjoyable thriller.
I'm so glad I watched this film, because if I didn't, I would be missing out on an adventurous, gripping thrill ride that had me hooked from the start.
A truly tremendous film. It's been a while since I've been full on entertained like that. The simplest plot intails a mysterious truck driver who decides to play cat and mouse with an innocent man who's driving to a business meeting. All set in the middle of nowhere. I won't go in depth because I want thoes who haven't watched it to go and see it as soon as possible, I strongly recommend it.
Gripping, tense, nail biting stuff, and the uproarious truck that tries to mess with this innocent man is perfected in every way. Definetly one of the films many highlights.
Spielberg, you know how to create quality entertainment.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I watched the 90 minute feature version of the film, with scenes and expletives added to the original ABC TV movie version. I was worried that it would be boring, being essentially a one-act story that was extended from its original form. It succeeds at not being boring. It's amusing to watch this and know where Spielberg's career would go. It's fairly gritty for him, and there are no shooting stars. Richard Matheson's writing (based on his own short story, which was based on a personal experience) is solid. The man knows suspense. There is great moment with the added school bus scene where you start to question the main character's sanity, and whether the truck is real or not. I really liked the dimension that added to the experience, albeit short-lived.
Slowly filling the gaps that I have in Spielberg's filmography. DUEL is the film he made before his first masterpiece, the Birth of the Blockbuster that was JAWS. I believe DUEL was actually first shown on TV.
Duel is a simple movie, a salesman is making his way through the isolated roads of California trying to make a meeting, then he is singled out and terrorized by a nasty, rusted out, juiced up, Semi Truck. That's it. Its 90 minutes and has some very fun moments. Its easy to see early glimpses of the genius that Spielberg would become. However at times it gets redundant, and boring. Not to mention the main character is grating and the voice over that is used is a very bad choice.
It may be a made for tv movie. But it's so good. What am i saying, it's excellent. I would call this movie underrated, but i'm not sure. I guess it's that kind of film more people have heard of instead of actually seen it. The acting is superb and the chase scenes are shot magnificently. The best of their kind. What makes this movie so good, is that they never reveal the face of the truck driver. Making it all the more scarier. And Dennis Weaver is so great. Probs to him for carrying the movie by his own. Guys, i want you, no, i implore you to see this right now if you haven't yet. You wont regret it.
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