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: 86% 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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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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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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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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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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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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TV Guide's Movie Guide

An exquisite piece of streamlined suspense and action that clearly demonstrates that [Spielberg] was already in full control of his vision.

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
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
Directors Cat
[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
Jim Careter
Duel is great, the tension and cinematography was incredible and I loved it.
Tim Salmons
Great wind-up movie. Constant state of tension. What a debut for Spielberg. I'm curious to see the 74 minute tv version and see how it plays.

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