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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…
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…
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…
Jednostavna ali zanimljiva premisa i vrhunska režija su u potpunosti uništeni glavnim likom. Da je barem tog iritantnog jadnika odmah zgazio onaj ludi kamiondžija, poštedio bi me sat i pol vremena gubljenja živaca.
The desert is no place for a salesman. Whatever he might have to give will do him no good in these barren outskirts. To those few souls who live among this land he is something strange and not to be taken seriously. Which is exactly what Mann (our salesman) does not need. With the hell he's about to be put through he needs everyone he finds in his path to plead his cries. But they won't listen. That, or they just don't care to listen. With no one to help, and no one but himself to trust, alone he must face the beast that stalks him.
Through daring and cunning wit he will have to outrun and outsmart his deadly foe, or else...
Never see the light of another day.......
P.S. I would love to see Spielberg return to this type of film and style. Perhaps in the form of Duel II... Anyone?
In a way, Duel isn't all that different from Halloween, except instead of a masked killer it's a rusted behemoth of a tanker truck. You'd never know that this feature was initially made for television, but that goes to show Spielberg's considerable talents as a director. The film is very thrilling and intense at times, but after awhile the thin premise begins to run out of gas. Perhaps a John Carpenter-like score would've upped the suspense.
A leading man with more personality would've also increased my enjoyment since I found Weaver's character a bit too drab. I understand that he's supposed to be a pushover, but since we're stuck in the car with him the whole time and we have…
During the early 1990s, my late grandparents used to visit the same Florida hotel on an annual basis. On one of these trips, they befriended an elderly lady and struck up a rapport. Every year they would spend time together and, according to my grandmother, they became firm friends.
After a few years of this, one holiday the lady brought her son. Steven Spielberg. The Steven Spielberg. She had failed to ever mention the fact that her lad was the most successful living filmmaker. Knowing I was absolutely fanatical about the man's work (Jaws was my favourite film by a mile), my grandmother asked his mum whether he wouldn't mind signing an autograph for me. She had an enormous amount…
mit dem fernsehfilm "duell" hat spielbergs karriere angefangen...
der film weiss bei manchen szenen zu gefallen, allerdings war mir alles etwas zu eintönig. spannung ist zwar vorhanden, allerdings nicht wirklich überzeugend. ich habe mir mehr von "duell" versprochen, meine erwartungen wurden nicht erfüllt.
trotzdem ein guter film.
A TV movie where a traveler on a long drive notices a truck following him a little too far, Spielberg’s first work as a director stretches the tension across its entire duration through terrified looks in rearview mirrors, diner scenes with mysterious patrons, and dirty shrubs zipping past the seemingly unending road. Watching the story unfold creates the feeling of being a passenger riding alongside the traveler in his car, given as little information about our pursuer as he is. The simplicity of the setup gives Spielberg the room to build a crushingly uncomfortable atmosphere around the primal fear of being hunted.
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I often give Spielberg the short end of the stick which is ridiculous because he's one of the most varied directed alive. Schindler's List was made by the man that made this which is absolutely MIND BOGGLING. Duel is ridiculous fun and possibly the greatest TV movie ever.
Pour se rendre à un rendez-vous, un représentant prend l'autoroute californienne à travers le désert où il dépasse un vieux camion. Ce dernier n'accepte pas le dépassement et le redépasse, c'est à cet instant que le duel commence ...
Malgré que cela soit la première réalisation de Spielberg, on voit immédiatement qu'il a du talent au niveau de la photographie et du montage, il montre une vraie maitrise de l'image. De plus, le scénario bien qu'ultra simple est parfait et ne tombe pas dans la facilité (intelligemment on n'explique pas l'identité, ni les motivations du chauffeur de camion).
Évidemment il y a certaines faiblesses car à partir d'un moment cela devient un peu long du à une certaine répétition dans…
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Talent. Maybe some are just born with it.