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Duel (Collector's Edition) (1971)

Dennis Weaver , Jacqueline Scott , Steven Spielberg  |  PG |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (351 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Dennis Weaver, Jacqueline Scott, Eddie Firestone, Tim Herbert, Carey Loftin
  • Directors: Steven Spielberg
  • Writers: Richard Matheson
  • Producers: George Eckstein
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Collector's Edition, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: August 17, 2004
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (351 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000063UR5
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,512 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Duel (Collector's Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • A Conversation with Director Steven Spielberg
  • Steven Spielberg and the Small Screen
  • Richard Matheson: The Writing of Duel
  • Photograph and Poster Gallery
  • Trailer
  • Cast and Filmmakers
  • Production Notes

  • Editorial Reviews

    Steven Spielberg directs this high-velocity thriller about a motorist terrorized by an evil truck. Spielberg's first full-length movie, Duel, helped jumpstart the director's big-screen career, with a gripping, action-packed story hailed by critics as a film that "belongs on the classics shelf reserved for top suspensers" (Dailey Variety). Dennis Weaver stars as the traveling salesman waging a desperate battle for survival after he is mysteriously singled out. Praised for its deft use of relentlessly mounting psychological tension, Duel features one of the most uniquely terrifying "characters" in movie history: a massive, roaring, 40-ton truck with sheer menace. A few years later, the action of Spielberg's blockbuster hit Jaws would echo Duel's tale of a lone hero in a heart-stopping fight to the finish against a monstrous, inhuman foe.

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    93 of 95 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Psychological horror on the highway July 6, 2001
    Format:VHS Tape
    DUEL is the film that made Steven Spielberg a household word in Hollywood--and for good reason. Though made in only three weeks on a budget of less than $500,000, this superlative made-for-TV movie helped to launch his career beyond the stars.
    This is an extremely lean but effective psychological thriller with Dennis Weaver (of "Gunsmoke" fame) effectively portraying the first of Spielberg's favorite characters, the Everyman--in this case, an average auto motorist driving to a business appointment on a lonely California highway. He tries to pass a road-hogging diesel truck; but when he does, the truck goes after him for the rest of the way. Neither Weaver nor the viewer ever sees the truck driver, with the exception of a beefy hand and a pair of cowboy boots; but it's perfectly obvious that this man is a total psychopath.
    Though suffering from some slight technical flaws, DUEL is brilliantly directed by Spielberg. The film's screenplay is by the always-excellent sci-fi/horror writer Richard Matheson, who based it on a short story he had published in the April '71 edition of Playboy magazine. Matheson, known for such novels as "I Am Legend" and scripts for "The Twilight Zone", is a master at this kind of mind-bending terror, and the combination of his and Spielberg's talents results in one of the most gut-wrenching and emotionally draining suspense films of all times. One can see its influence on later films like the underrated 1997 thriller BREAKDOWN, and as a chilling precursor to today's violent, real-life incidents of road rage. A must-see!
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    103 of 110 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Don't get on the interstate... March 5, 2003
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    Just as many people find themselves viewing the shower with trepidation after viewing Psycho, I've found myself wary to get on interstate highways after viewing Duel. A 1971 tv-movie (that was, yes, the first film to be directed by Steven Spielberg), Duel is an effectively, simple little film that sticks with you long after the end credits have run. Dennis Weaver plays a businessman travelling alone across a desolate strip of America. For reasons that neither he nor the viewer can quite understand (and, for once, this makes the film's terror all the more effective), a truck driver targets Weaver and for the next hour and a half, we watch as Weaver struggles to survive against a faceless, seemingly more powerful opponent. It's a simple premise but it is also a premise that taps into our deepest fears of the unknown. Weaver's struggle is made all the more terrifying because it seems to just happen at random. Weaver is targeted for no specific reason and, as unfair as that might seem to both him and the viewer, he now has no choice but to try to survive.
    Duel works because of the talents of a young Steven Spielberg and the likeable everyman performance of Dennis Weaver. Indeed, Weaver's contribution has often been overshadowed by the hype surrounding Spielberg's involvement and that's a shame because he gives a truly perfect performance, a worthy model for actors (especially those currently sleepwalking through today's crop of horror films) everywhere. Weaver is one of those talented actors who, because he was never a showy performer and for the most part limited himself to television work, has never really gotten his due. In Duel, he is totally believable as an ordinay man caught up in an extradorinary situation.
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    32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Spielberg's first is among his best February 23, 2001
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    Format:VHS Tape
    "Duel" was the freshman work of director Steven Spielberg, and while the film is not generally considered among his cinematic successes (after all, later films like "Jaws", "E.T.", "Close Encounters Of The Third Kind", et al. still rank among the highest-grossing films of all time!) it is more than deserving of a closer look! The thing that makes the film so good is it's simplicity...the story of a travelling salesman (played convincingly by Dennis Weaver (remember TV's "McCloud" or "Gentle Ben"?) on his way to a business meeting some distance away...while driving down a sparsely travelled desert highway, he finds himself behind a slow-moving tanker which he innocently passes...let's just say the never-seen truck driver doesn't like to be left behind!! The suspense builds as Weaver begins to realize that this guy's not just playing around...he's trying to kill him! No matter where he goes on this lonely stretch of highway, this truck is there...chasing him at ungodly speed...playing cat to Weaver's mouse. Now, I will admit that the first few times I saw this movie, I was a little peeved that we never saw the truck driver...and then I realized--that's why I continue to watch and enjoy this film so much...trying to spot him. Is he in the diner where Weaver stops for lunch? If he is, which one of the dozen or so guys is he? I'll never know for sure and that's why this film is so much fun to watch. There are those who would consider this an inferior Spielberg work...I consider it one of his best! Incidentally, here's a bit of trivia for those who have seen the movie: Take a close look as Dennis Weaver steps into the phone booth at the snake lady's place... Read more ›
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    5.0 out of 5 stars we already had the VHS version and it was wearing out in fact it was...
    I got this for my wife, we already had the VHS version and it was wearing out in fact it was recorded from TV so the quality was never great. Read more
    Published 1 day ago by mj
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Kelly's mom had this movie and just loved it, so we bought it too.
    Published 2 days ago by Jude
    5.0 out of 5 stars Buying experience was GREAT. Movie is fantastic
    Steven's first movie and a classic. Buying experience was GREAT. Movie is fantastic.
    Published 6 days ago by Ralph Gamez
    2.0 out of 5 stars it's at best just O
    When I first saw this movie many years ago it was a real thriller. But now seeing it at age 65, it's at best just O.K.
    Published 7 days ago by Joseph
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Great deal and has lots of bonus features
    Published 10 days ago by Dana D. Hewett
    3.0 out of 5 stars Good thriller
    I remember watching this film when it first came out. It was so frightening that I was on the edge of my seat. Read more
    Published 15 days ago by Barbara L. Keller
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    Published 22 days ago by Martha M.Ventling
    4.0 out of 5 stars I figured that if a film can remain in your memory for decades there...
    I had seen this movie when it first came out and recently ran across a clip of it on YouTube so I ordered the movie. Read more
    Published 22 days ago by Dana H Flemming
    4.0 out of 5 stars This movie was possibly the origination of "ROAD RAGE" maybe
    Possibly the origination of what we call "Road Rage" today, this old video pits a car (driven by Dennis Weaver) against an unknown assailant in an 18-wheeler. Read more
    Published 22 days ago by Doug Melton
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