- Rated: PG
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 1 hours, 30 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: August 17, 2004
- Originally Released: 1971
- Label: Universal Studios
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Closed Captioned - English
- Dolby Digital 2.0 - English
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
- DTS - English
- Subtitles - English, Spanish
- Additional Release Material:
- Trailers: Theatrical Trailer
- A CONVERSATION WITH STEVEN SPIELBERG
- STEVEN SPIELBERG & THE SMALL SCREEN
- RICHARD MATHESON: THE WRITING OF 'DUEL'
- Production Notes
- Cast and Filmmaker's Biographies
- Photo & Poster Gallery
Performers, Cast and Crew:
New York Times - 04/15/1983
"...DUEL looks like the work of an unusually talented young director..."
Premiere - 11/01/2004
"[A] sleek, ever-in-motion experiment in terror."
Very early in his career Steven Spielberg directed this suspenseful TV movie about a businessman who finds himself in a deadly cat-and-mouse game with a diabolical diesel truck. David Mann (Dennis Weaver) is in a race to get to an important appointment when a mysterious rig traveling on the same deserted highway decides to run him off the road. The truck's driver is never seen as Weaver's ever-increasing panic and rage build in this tale of road rage gone too far.
Essential Cinema |
Made-For-Network TV |
Non-U.S. Theatrical Release |
Theatrical Release |
- Television broadcast premiere: November 13, 1971
- Theatrical release: April 22, 1983
- The studio originally wanted Steven Spielberg to cast Gregory Peck in the role of David Mann.
- When the film premiered as an ABC Movie of the Weekend, it was 73 minutes. As a theatrical release it was expanded to 91 minutes, including footage Spielberg added--the opening shot of the Valiant leaving the garage and the scene of the truck trying to push the car onto train tracks.
- Some of Spielberg's other early television work included episodes of NIGHT GALLERY and COLUMBO.