Duel (Collector's Edition)
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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!
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.Read more ›
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Showed "Duel" in my Existentialism course. The students and I discussed its significance as an introduction to the concept of death following us as we move through life. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
Terrific movie with a lot of hidden messages. On the surface some may say there is not a lot to it, but this movie does deal with many issues such as masculinity, personal growth,... Read morePublished 10 days ago by MGW
It's a classic in story writing, carefully thought out cinematography and editing. Played out with the perfect actor of the time. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Jeff S.
I give it 4-5 stars. Loved this movie. Have seen it about 6 times. My grandchildren enjoyed the suspense without blood and guts today's movies have. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Darlene Chaney
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