What originally drew me to view Duel was that it is the directorial debut of Steven Spielberg from 1971.
I was not left disappointed. Duel ranks as the best TVM/limited cinema release I have ever seen. Made some 4 years before Jaws, Spielberg's breakthrough movie that defined the summer blockbuster film you can see elements of his film making genius in this production.
It basically follows some middle class businessman driving along a long US highway being terrorised by a diesel truck.
At the start of the film the driver (Dennis Weaver) has some gleaming 1970s gas guzzler but by the end it is a wreck and so is his psychological well being!
The diesel truck or tanker is a dark beast that speeds, rams and chases the car with a sadistic 'Mad Max' like streak. The driver is never observed hiding behind darkened glass.
Duel is a beast of a road movie. I used to think the tanker chase at the end of Licence To Kill was impressive but this goes on for nearly ninety minutes. A nonstop tirade of driving stunts, the breaking of a respectable businessman you are lead to believe.
The production was made on a tiny budget but that it looks far more impressive. All this year's before CGI blighted cinema.
I deplore everyone who has found Spielberg's later work entertaining to check this out. You will be pleasantly surprised.
This is of the best movies I ever seen, even no one understands what's happening, Spielberg proved his talent as a smart director years ago