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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I caught snippets of Duel on TV now and then over the years in my childhood (ya know, back when they showed GOOD films on TV), but somehow I never saw the whole thing. Read morePublished 18 hours ago by Strategos
It was very great movie.I was tensed and I felt was only driving the car.good photography and the truck was very nicePublished 2 days ago by venkatesh
What Hitchcock did to shower scenes, Speilberg did to tailgating truckers.
Another plus is the wide-open vistas of the American West, on which the drama unfolds in... Read more
Yes, a little dated, but maybe not? Apparently things like this have really happened. You have to be in the mood for this one. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
Duel is one of my favorite Steven Spielberg films and i love basically all his films i mean the first time i saw this was on you tube about 2 years ago and i always wanted to get... Read morePublished 7 days ago by thomas henry
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