January 29, 2015
It may lack the scale of Spielberg's work later on, but his ability to create suspense is still very much evident here. Full review later.
|Jose Luis M.||
January 20, 2015
En mi opiniòn la mejor pelìcula de Speilberg de los 70's, eso que tuvo otras como Jaws y Encuentros cercanos..
December 3, 2014
Spielberg's first film and definitely worth a watch. The antagonising of a truck is done superbly well, so much so that if this was done today, it'd probably be seen as new and exciting. A great pace and fantastic use of suspense makes the an extremely solid first film for the director.
November 27, 2014
Forget that it's a TV movie and know that "Duel" is not only a great start for cinematic master Steven Spielberg but it's also an extremely effective horror-thriller that pulls off terrific suspense and relies mostly on actor Dennis Weaver to maintain its fear factor. Why this truck is after him, we never know, which is precisely what makes the premise scary. This one's "Jaws" on the road. "Duel" should not be missed.
November 24, 2014
well crafted thriller
November 21, 2014
"Duel" is a fantastic TV movie that is very high quality by shooting this on location rather than shooting on a sound-stage with a projector screen. This movie has put a lot of great effort, and Spielberg has used his time wisely to put as much effort as he can; it works so well on suspense to not see the truck driver, and telling it as a simple story of a salesman being chased by the big bad truck. Dennis Weaver gives a terrific performance as David Mann, and it is beautifully well filmed on location. If you are fan of Spielberg's movie, this is the one to check out. Highly recommended!
November 8, 2014
Somewhat ludicrous, but not all-together bad. There's something really uncomfortable in seeing Dennis Weaver (McCloud - not the one with the sword) play a character that is a little less than manly. Also, did somebody say "Shit"? Thought this was a TV movie from 1971. I think I saw Spielberg's reflection on the telephone booth around the 56 minute mark. Amateur.
May 16, 2013
I own this on DVD and Blu-Ray
July 22, 2007
It came out more than 40 years ago,but Duel is still a homerun. Using the simple tools of montage & some skillful shot composition, this simple story of a motorsit who is menaced by a tanker truck becomes a top notch piece of suspense film making
October 20, 2014
Poorly directed. Steven Spielberg ruined such kafkaesque absurdist story with such lame directing and bad tastes. This film could have been a lot better.
September 15, 2014
A well-written masterpiece that started off a career for its director in Spielberg as a master of suspense. The exterminator's car with the anagrammed Grebleips name and the railroad crossing scene had me at the edge of my seat the whole time. One of the greatest movies of all time in hindsight.
August 14, 2014
Rooted for the trucker....sorry.
August 9, 2014
its a perfect thriller from the 70's
August 7, 2014
Best Film by Far, even for a First Feature Film by the amazing Legendary Steven Spielberg, i'd give it a 5 star Rating
August 3, 2014
Spielberg's first film realises every motorists greatest fear.
July 21, 2014
As a semi-paranoid driver the idea of being terrorized by a tractor- trailer on an empty highway sounds terrifying to me. When I read the synopsis to Duel, I imagined a gripping thriller. And Duel is gripping, but there were no thrills. I believe the main reason is the chase is set in broad daylight, if this was set at night it would add a more isolated and vulnerable setting. Dennis Weaver was a convincing protagonist but his fear and paranoia were more spoken than needed, his physical acting didn't say enough. The film is still worth a watch due to the great concept, and decent execution (it was in no way boring, and could've been handled way worse), plus it's cool to see where Spielberg began.
October 27, 2007
140715: I was impressed at the quality of this film considering it's age. Great choice of vehicles and colours. Weaver's internal monologue was the only real weak point in my opinion.
July 5, 2014
Its been 20 years since ive seen this movie. I never knew what it was called until today. I love this movie.
June 19, 2014
Duel has highly original, inventive, pretty tense and simply amazing first act, but the film is nonetheless a wasted potential with rather boring second act and so-so acting. It is also very flawed in terms of storytelling - you never really find out why the truck driver was after him the whole time. It has fine resolution and outstanding first act, but ended up being disappointing after all.