What begins as an ordinary business trip becomes a terrifying life and death battle for David Mann (Dennis Weaver) in Duel, this classic early film from Steven Spielberg. Initially, Mann refuses to believe he is being followed by a huge diesel truck, but soon the unbelievable horror of the situation sinks in. He realises that the driver of the truck, an unseen and menacing psychopath, is indeed out to kill him.
Undoubtedly one of the most influential film personalities in the history of film, Steven Spielberg is perhaps Hollywood’s best known director and one of the wealthiest filmmakers in the world. Spielberg has countless big-grossing, critically acclaimed credits to his name, as producer, director and writer. He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1946. He went to California State University Long Beach, but dropped out to pursue his entertainment career. He gained notoriety as an uncredited assistant editor on the classic western “Wagon Train” (1957). Among his early directing efforts were Battle Squad (1961), which combined World War II footage with footage of an airplane on the ground that he makes you believe is moving. He also directed Escape to Nowhere (1961), which featured children as World War Two soldiers, including his sister Anne Spielberg, and The Last Gun (1959), a western. All of these were short films. The next couple of years, Spielberg directed a couple of movies that would… read more
Many of my friends who are great Spielberg fans have never even heard of this movie. I have used this film to explain to the uninitiated, the value of good editing, screenplay, music, sound, photography… read review
Four stars out of Four. A brilliant classic of suspense. Immortal film.
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It’s interesting to see how Steven Spielberg, whose name is synonymous with Hollywood gloss, began with a schlocky 70s B-movie. The plot, which is really more of a premise, could hardly be simpler… read review