Movies that are slightly off.
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…
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…
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Steven Spielberg's theatrical debut Duel shows the legendary filmmaker's talent from a very early age. For a film made for television, it's surprisingly very well made. Spielberg's direction of this film is impressive. He is able to create genuine tension and terror, the mere sight of the truck sends chills through both our protagonist and the audience. The plot, while simple, manages to keep the film going strong for its 89 minute runtime. While there is still some amateurish aspects, most likely due to the fact that this was initially made for tv, Duel may be Spielberg's first feature film, but it is no less worthy of praise than the rest of his filmography.
Riveting cinema that forces itself to take breaks for the sake of the audience. MAD MAX: FURY ROAD proves we can handle it. A stunning debut for Spielberg that could have been a masterpiece as a short film.
Spielberg needs to go back to his roots befor he retires. And by that I mean he needs to make a monster movie like DUEL and JAWS.
Before there was a shark, there was a truck. What a wonderful film that offers little to no dialogue and it lets the tension build and build plus we have no idea of who the villain is. He is a person or a ghost? We don't know nor does it matter other than it is after the man. The film is 45 years old but it doesn't feel like that. It feels like it crawled out of The Twilight Zone and made a stand. Certainly shows what a talent Steven was then.
a sloppy hitchcock impression in australia's outback. mostly i spent the whole time imagining how you start with this and get A.I.
How do you make a movie about a killer truck so boring?
One of the best Spielberg movie.
Jaws : Beach :: Duel : Road
A made for TV movie in which you can feel every extra minute they added to make it "feature length," however I was never outright bored rather I was just frustrated with it's repetitiveness. I mean how many times do I need to see Dennis Weaver look back in horror? I'd love to see this trimmed up.
I would also like to see a version with the voice over removed, as it's rather cheesy, and it would be interesting to see the outbursts from Dennis Weaver in the diner scene without the voice narration to build them up. Just watching him ruminate over this and suddenly explode at some random guy. It might serve to heighten the tension of the…
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Great 60-90 min films (for those days when you just don't have the energy to watch a 3 hour masterpiece)
Doesn't the title of the list explain it well enough? This is a list of hight quality "short" films. Easy…