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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…
Welcome to the begining of Arielrocks5's "The Months Of Spielberg" marathon!
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Today, we have what many would consider his first feature, "Duel". A made for TV film that actually was so impressive at it's time, it even got a small theatrical release.
Basic premise is about a man on his way for something ends up being stalked by a crazy truck driver that starts out as playfully moving in his way on the highway, to then trying to run him over. Now he has to ether outrun him or end up becoming road kill.
And that's it. Just two guys in cars driving for an hour and twenty minutes. And what makes it…
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…
Road rage is taken to the psychotic extreme in Steven Spielberg's made-for-TV movie Duel from 1971. A film that, despite its 450,000 dollar budget was well made enough to eventually get a theatrical release. Dennis Weaver plays a travelling salesman, who ends up in a highway cat and mouse game with a trucker who seems intent on killing him. I saw this once on TV as a kid, but I did not remember more than the basic plot and that it captivated me at the time. I rewatched it on Blu-ray and was interested to see if the plot was really as suspenseful as I recalled or if it would just grow tedious. Duel could easily have been a terrible…
A masterclass in extended tension where the central villain never loses its potency - Spielberg manages to capture the looming dread of that damned truck on every approach; it's just a shame about those dreadful internal monologues.
A simple thriller that is better for its simplicity, Duel plays with sound (especially volume) and different camera perspectives to create superior genre fare.
Scary truck is like
Godzilla. Little red car
A lot like Tokyo.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
- great visual storytelling
- soundtrack similar to There Will Be Blood
- inner monologue (mostly) when people are around, talk out loud when alone
- good job of disorienting the viewer to how far along in the movie you are... successful false endings
- escalates naturally and in surprising ways, because it is such an 'ordinary' setting, minor things out of the ordinary shock you
- lady's collection of weird creatures... nice
- family and 'outside' life stuff never resolved (it doesn't matter)
Η πρώτη ταινία του μόλις 24χρονου τότε Steven Spielberg. Tόσο απλή σε σύλληψη αλλά τόσο ευφυής και συναρπαστική που πραγματικά αποτελεί κινηματογραφικό υπόδειγμα.
Tα κυνηγητά με γρήγορα αυτοκίνητα ποτέ δεν ήταν το φόρτε μου (ακόμα και στο Bullit ή στα Mad Max δεν τρελάθηκα με τα γκάζια), υπάρχουν όμως τρείς ταινίες με αμάξια που πραγματικά με κράτησαν στην τσίτα. To "Le Salaire de la Peur" του Clouseau, το "Christine" του Carpenter και αυτό εδώ.
Δεν νομίζω ότι η αξία της ταινίας έγκειται στους συμβολισμούς της (άνθρωπος εναντίον μηχανής, Δαβίδ εναντίον Γολιάθ, έννομη τάξη εναντίον ζούγκλας και άλλα τέτοια ευφάνταστα). Βρίσκεται κυρίως στην αγωνία και το δέος που σου προκαλεί.
I have a feeling when people in the business first saw this movie they thought "whoever directed this movie is going places." This has to be one of the most well made TV movies of all time. The visuals hold up almost 45 years later, the sound is surprisingly good, the camera angles, although common place today with smaller handheld cameras, were probably revolutionary in 1972. The tension you feel throughout the movie is much more than I would have expected. For a first movie this is a really well polished film.
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Duel is Spielberg's first professional film. It was made for television and the plot is very basic but this movie still proves to be a suspenseful thriller that's also very relatable. The antagonist isn't a horrible creature or monster but a truck and I'm sure everyone has had nightmares or fearful thoughts about being pursued on the road while in the middle of nowhere. Dennis Weaver gives a good performance and I love how Spielberg and Matheson (the writer) made the truck the true enemy of the film by never showing the driver's face. Overall, this is a great first film that really shows the talent that Spielberg possesses.
Note: So, I just watched 1941…
Hot damn, that's a debut. So interesting to see Spielberg be so assured from the start and see things that will crop up 10 years later in Raiders and in another 10 years in Jurassic. A really effective horror film.
I feel weird say it, but this really is one of spielbergs best
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