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Duel
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DVD Features:

  • 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
  • Audio:
    • Closed Captioned - English
    • Dolby Digital 2.0 - English
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
    • DTS - English
    • Subtitles - English, Spanish
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Trailers: Theatrical Trailer
    • Featurette:
      1. A CONVERSATION WITH STEVEN SPIELBERG
      2. STEVEN SPIELBERG & THE SMALL SCREEN
      3. RICHARD MATHESON: THE WRITING OF 'DUEL'
  • Text/Photo Galleries:
    • Production Notes
    • Cast and Filmmaker's Biographies
    • Photo & Poster Gallery

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Entertainment Reviews:

Fresh88%

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Total Count: 41

Upright84%

AUDIENCE SCORE
User Ratings: 35,447
Rating: 4/4 -- The film pits the awesome talents of Richard Matheson ... with Spielberg, delivering one of the best genre films of the past 50 years. Full Review
ESplatter
Jul 4, 2008
Rating: B+ -- The film's rusted, growling tanker truck is an obvious predecessor to the man-eating Great White of Jaws. And it's every bit as terrifying. Full Review
Projection Booth
Jul 20, 2011
Rating: 4/5 -- Even without benefit of hindsight, Duel looks like the work of an unusually talented young director.
New York Times
Jan 16, 2005
...DUEL looks like the work of an unusually talented young director...
New York Times
Apr 15, 1983
This 1971 made-for-TV movie was one of Steven Spielberg's auditions for Jaws, and the same slickly impersonal shock effects prevail. Full Review
Chicago Reader
Dec 10, 2007
Rating: B- -- ... 'road rage' taken to new heights of exploitation by the boy wonder. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Aug 2, 2009
Steven Spielberg's debut feature is a ripper Full Review
Urban Cinefile
Apr 24, 2009

Product Description:

DUEL, one of Steven Spielberg's first vehicles, foreshadowed the blockbuster film JAWS. Using minimal dialogue and effects, Spielberg defines the characteristics of his prolific oeuvre in this early work. Through tight cinematic narration, he effectively conveys the sudden and shocking horror that develops over the course of the film.

On a deserted stretch of California highway, businessman David Mann (Dennis
Weaver) settles into his red Valiant for the long drive to an urgent meeting. Ahead of him on the road is a slow-moving diesel truck, which David innocently decides to pass. So begins the long duel between David and the Goliath-like rig in this nerve-wracking TV movie. Menacing David at every twist and turn of the highway, the truck tries to push the Valiant onto a train track, run David down in a phone booth, engage him in a high-speed chase, and tailgate him into oblivion. Hoping to lose the rig, David stops at a roadside café only to realize that the driver of the truck is also in the restaurant. The driver is never seen, except one shot of his beefy
arm waving the Valiant ahead into oncoming traffic. Instead, Spielberg uses
the monstrous truck itself, much like the way he used the shark in JAWS, to
harass and taunt. After its broadcast on television, DUEL was released
theatrically with extra footage added.

Plot Synopsis:

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.

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Production Notes:

  • 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.

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  • UPC: 025192197628
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