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.
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…
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 man gets chased by a big truck. That's it. And it's absolutely stunning. Probably my second favourite Spielberg film, alongside Saving Private Ryan.
One question: was Chuck Norris driving that truck or something?
Made for TV but proved Steven Spielberg has got what it takes in the future for either Sharks or dinosaurs.
This has got to be one of the best suspense films I have ever seen and some of the camera work is stunning.
Dennis Weaver does a great job of playing a light hearted man who becomes completely broken by the end.
How can you tell this was made for TV?
The truck didn't blow up.
Who was driving the truck?
I reckon it was The Stig (before Top Gear). Hence why we never saw his face in the show.
A fantastic roller coaster ride of a film that never tires.
''Great. I'm never gonna make it to that appointment now!''
Duel, staring Dennis Weaver, a truck & Steven Spielberg's reflection in the phone booth.
On yet another revisit, I discover (unsurprisingly) that 'Duel' is still fucking awesome! Spielberg's simplistic masterclass of suspense is still eerily effective in its approach. These are a couple of things I took note of during this watch:
- The surrounding mountains almost seems like the stands/crowds of a stadium and the road on which the ''Duel'' is taking place is center stage.
- I think this may have been a missed opportunity for Spielberg, there was a definite trilogy here. Could you imagine how great 'Duel 2: The Long Way Home' & 'Duel 3: The Explanation' would have been? This Spielberg could have been big if that came to fruition.
In conclusion, 'Duel' is sheer badassery
The 1971 TV movie Duel further proves my theory that Spielberg works best on a visceral level. His later more thematically complex films may tackle issues of much more worldly peril, but to me the simplicity of this film and for example Jaws are far more enthralling than say Schindler's List. On a technical level it is no surprise to say that it is hard to fault and in all honesty it is not visibly a TV movie. This could very well have been released in cinemas as it is a marvel on all fronts and an exhilarating 90 minutes.
Steven Spielberg is easily among my favourite directors and while in the past two decade he has received high amounts…
This was great. Such a simple subject matter handled so masterfully. You can tell from the first shots of a first person view of a car zooming through busy streets that Spielberg was having a shit-tonne of fun with this movie.
The script was simple, the leading actor fine if a little over the top but man, the direction and camera work elevated Duel to a whole different angle. There was playful experimentation in every frame of this film and it was beautiful. This coupled with the editing made the opposing Truck truly an ominous presence on screen.
While the truck steals the show, Dennis Weaver is also solid as a man on edge in this tense (if OTT) debut film from cinema's greatest director.
Release date November 13, 1971
A very simple premise, shot very well and full of tension. I had a great time watching. Kinda weird that this man went on to be one of the best filmmakers of our time.
Ci sono cose più che interessanti ma il film rimane una palla.
Great low-budget first feature from Spielberg, it feels nothing like him but I love its simplistic story and execution.
Some nice visuals and fair play it was shot over 13 days which is quite an achievement. But the film was just quite boring and predictable. I still don't rate Spielberg.
like an extended "Twilight Zone" episode; which makes sense, given Richard Matheson's involvement. Spielberg is fully on display - hungry and needing to impress. the film includes some of the flashiest visual style, editing and direction in Spielberg's canon. high tension is well maintained. the story is simple but plays out organically. not a fan of the narration, and Weaver does not blow my socks off as the lead, but this is a bright, shiny spot in 70s filmmaking.
This is a perfectly minimalistic road thriller with two cars, one lead actor and one hellishly long desert highway.The tension is build with a bit of mystery and small touches, without relying on obvious tricks. I love the paranoid inner monologues and the fact that it is daylight throughout the whole movie.