Duel (1972)

In this TV movie, Dennis Weaver is driving down a deserted Southern California highway when he passes a large gas trailer truck. Moments later, the truck dangerously tailgates Weaver before abruptly cutting him off. Weaver and the… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: August 17, 2004
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Critic Score: 87% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

This 1971 made-for-TV movie was one of Steven Spielberg's auditions for Jaws, and the same slickly impersonal shock effects prevail.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

This is among the most flawless pieces of entertainment [Steven Spielberg] ever put his name to.

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Emanuel Levy

At 24, Spielberg demonsrated his technical virtuosity with his first made for TV feature, a nail-biting suspenser of a salesman pursued on the roadby a mad trucker.

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Tom Milne
Time Out

Simply a rivetingly murderous game of cat and mouse that keeps you on the edge of your seat.

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Rob Humanick
Projection Booth

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.

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Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

Steven Spielberg's debut feature is a ripper

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

Even without benefit of hindsight, Duel looks like the work of an unusually talented young director.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

... 'road rage' taken to new heights of exploitation by the boy wonder.

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Lucius Gore

The film pits the awesome talents of Richard Matheson ... with Spielberg, delivering one of the best genre films of the past 50 years.

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
Phil Hubbs
Its hard to think Steven Spielberg was around directing movies as far back as 1971, dunno why, just is. Anyway this movie was originally a TV movie (only… More
Jim Careter
Duel is great, the tension and cinematography was incredible and I loved it.
Spencer S.
The predecessor to the entire truck versus man sub-genre of horror films; of course Steven Spielberg was at the helm of this fairly original concept film. It… More
Sophie Burgess
Absolutely amazing! I expected it to be a bit naff as it was in his early days but this was well thought out and perfectly executed. The narrative is simple,… More
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[img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon14.gif[/img] Back in the day before Steven Spielberg became an enormously acclaimed filmmaker… More
Mike S
Mystery, terror and great on-the-road suspense. Also an important milestone in the career of Steven Spielberg, as it's the movie that catapulted him into… More

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