Don'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.…
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…
There is nothing worse when traveling than dealing with aggressive drivers.
But when the aggressor is in a huge dirty ass fume spilling semi truck it's just down right scary!
That's what this entire film is about.
Dennis Weaver as David Mann is a traveling business man headed to an appointment in another town and in a hurry, as he simply passes a semi truck a semi driven by a complete asshole and thats when a deadly game of cat and mouse ensues.
A tense filled 90 minute ride from Steven Spielberg that you won't soon forget.
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 fine first outing for Spielberg, and so refreshing to see him work with a tiny budget compaired to the blockbusters he's known for. Hopefully he'll return to his roots one day.
That truck is terrifying, and even if the pace isn't all it could have been, this is still nail biting tension all the way through. Much of that tension is thanks to the inventive use of the camera, some really great shots here, and Dennis Weaver being a believable victim. He got me hooked and I could easily see me shitting my self if placed in that same situation. Actually, I pictured that plight many times while watching, wich goes to show how successful this little TV film really is.
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.
1971 television film aired on ABC and was extended in length with additional scenes for theatrical screenings overseas. A strong effort from early Spielberg. Unrelenting for the weary traveler.
If only more filmmakers were like 22-year old Steven Spielberg.
Before fading into obscurity, young auteur Steven Spielberg directed this TV movie about a man who quickly comes to regret passing a smoke-spewing truck.
It's a very simple premise, but Dennis Weaver's earnest performance and well shot scenes make it a tense and thrilling 90 minutes, as his character tries to escape the seemingly deranged, never-seen, driver of the truck.
My favourite Spielberg film by a country mile.
Duel is a 1971 television (and later full-length theatrical) thriller film directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Richard Matheson, based on Matheson's short story of the same name. It stars Dennis Weaver as a terrified motorist stalked on a remote and lonely road by the mostly unseen driver of a mysterious tanker truck.
This was the first film I remember staying up late to watch with my mum. It scared me senseless and I became obsessed with looking through the rear-view mirror and still get jittery if followed by a strange vehicle for ten minutes or more.
The best film Hitchcock never made...
Steven Spielberg: The Challenge.
Steven Spielberg's first full-length movie is a thrilling cat and mouse game. And it's done almost to perfection. The tension builds up slowly and ends in a great chase. It's simply done but Spielberg uses the camera to perfection and it's a lot of fun to watch!
Nunca veré con los mismos ojos a los camioneros.
Directed by Steven Spielberg
In the Spielberg filmography, "Duel" is a tough one to evaluate as it was technically a Made For TV movie - and it has both the budget and time limitations of the format. Really that's what my so-so grade is about. The story is essentially an hour and a half of a regular American business man being tormented (to put it mildly) on the highway for relatively unknown reasons by a giant ominous truck . It's a fun "Twilight Zone-ish" premise (written by the great "Twilight Zone" writer Richard Matheson) that feels about a half hour too long. As an hour and a half film, I kept wishing there was a little more going…
Duel is more a 90 minute action set piece than a movie. Although even in that context, it's impressive, especially when you consider how many modern action movies can't keep an action scene exciting for 8-20 minutes. Spielberg manages to hold my attention for almost the full 90 without really any tricks or anything. The premise is fairly terrifying in and of itself, and simply cutting between the two objects in motion provides a lot of the intensity of the film. Spielberg's smart enough to get out of the way.
It also has some of the signs of a filmmaker still trying to find their footing though. In particular, Duel wears its influence(s) a little too on the sleeve (in…
- My Neighbor Totoro
- Grave of the Fireflies
- Final Cut - Ladies & Gentlemen
- For All Mankind
- Citizen Kane
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- Tokyo Story
- The Rules of the Game
- Citizen Kane
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- The Rules of the Game
- Tokyo Story
Another year, another update. 2012 List can be found here.
The following is a really extensive and great list of…