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June 8, 2018
From the opening scene I can tell that this film is directed by an exceptional director. This is how remarkable Spielberg's directorial debut is. Without any exaggeration, Duel is one of the most suspenseful movies I've ever seen. While there are some wasted time, Spielberg used a lot of astute techniques that were enough to keep me, literally, on the edge of my seat! From the Hitchcockian use of the music score to increase the tension, to the innovative ideas that were continuously renewed.

The thing that bothered me is the use of the voice-over. It's completely misused in this movie. Whenever the tension was dominant, the voice-over interrupted this tension. And if this terrible voice-over has been used at more stable times, it was very dull and monotonous.

Dennis Weaver gave a superb performance. I didn't know he's such a great actor.

Also, this movie maybe is the most beautiful-looking B-Movie ever! It really has a gorgeous cinematography that could be equal to many big-budget movies.

May 20, 2018
By far Spielberg's best was Duel. While I have not seen every one of his films, this is the only one which took the viewer into the minds of both the antagonist and victim. Every time I see it, I truly marvel that a young film maker (early Spielberg) could pull that off so very successfully.
April 6, 2018
Not generally a fan of 70s movies, but this is a must have in my book. It's a movie I purposefully don't watch to limit burnout. In my mind, one of the best movies using camera shots in storytelling.
April 5, 2018
An excellent movie which showcased an extremely talented director called Steven Spielberg who was soon going to take the world of cinema by storm.
½ August 17, 2017
An incredible beginning for one of the best directors of all time. "Duel" is intense, thrilling, and it completely meets the goal of a movie that goes direct to the television (and still better than most we see in theaters).
August 17, 2017
For a television movie made in 1970 that this movie was good is a major surprise to me. Then I found out Spielberg made it and was like, "Oh. No wonder." Very good suspense. Very well made. So many movies have copied this one.
May 29, 2017
one of my all time favorites
½ May 23, 2017
Duel is directed by the legendary Steven Spielberg, something which nearly everyone who has seen this film knows, in his first feature film that was unfortunately relegated to made for TV status at the time. Dennis Weaver does an admirable job as a character that doesn't have a whole lot of layers or background, which is disappointing, but it is not necessary to the film. Weavers performance is what makes this film go, along with the interesting camerawork by Spielberg. The film was not always the most invigorating for me, but it is undeniable that Spielberg made the most out of this B-movie premise with satisfying results
April 26, 2017
Interesting movie about a psycho trucker
April 10, 2017
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January 25, 2017
loved this thriller!
December 21, 2016
The first true full lenght from Spielberg and a fresh one. You can recognize some styles he has used later on and he has a lovely way of triggering the viewer.

Some guy is driving in a waste land-like area. Dusts, roads a few gas stations and cafes, but that's about it. He passes a truck, but soon after the truck passes him. This gets repeated some times before the truckdriver acts it out harder. He presses him off of the road, he plays with the smaller car - he terrorize him. This is basicly it. It goes on for most of the playtime, with neat pitstops along the way. I dig the psychological aspect of it - the increasing fear, the paranoia. The way the truck - the grimmest, spookiest, most mysterious truck I have seen by the way - is hunting it's pray like a shark as it hunts the Plymouth Valiant repeatedly.

The shots and music and sound is great and the acting is also good. The minimalistic plot and storyline is impressively haunting as it grips the viewer and forcing you to think "what's coming next?" I felt it was original, even if this can be considered a mix of films like "The Hitcher", "Mad Max", " Jeepers Creepers", "Minimum Overdrive" and "Trucks". Naturally this was the first feature of the mentioned films, so that make sense I guess. I did find the title quite poor, though, even if alternatives easily could end up as spoilers or something very cheezy.

A superb thriller, sadly often let out among Spielberg's greatest.

8 out of 10 back mirrors.
October 29, 2016
Duel illuminates Spielberg's keen eye & agile mind and justifies his ability to make taut, tense thrillers.
September 27, 2016
A man and a truck and and 90 minutes of suspense
September 18, 2016
One of those movies made years before I was around but a classic! This is a wild ride in psychology, and a very well made, well thought out movie
September 5, 2016
Anyone who has ever driven a car can tell you a story about a crazy driver who seemed like they were out to get you. In this case, there is good reason to be worried. Spielberg's first movie, made for TV, was what gave Universal the confidence to have him direct Jaws. It's certainly one of his most underappreciated movies. It perfectly captures one man's paranoia and fear about being stalked by an unstoppable force. The truck in this movie might as well be a terminator of Jason Voorhees. Certainly worth a watch for the horror movie or Spielberg fan out there.
½ August 25, 2016
I have never liked TV movies. They are usually very cheaply made, have appalling production values and screenplays and unknown casts and filmmakers. So it is with some trepidation when I found out Duel was originally a US TVM that only had a cinematic release in Europe after some more footage was added.
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.
August 8, 2016
Fantastic thriller. It's too bad Spielberg didn't stick with the horror/thriller genre. He could've easily produced some of the greatest classics. It's pretty telling when at 21, in the 70s, in less than two weeks, for TV, made a thriller that's more effective than some of the"masters" from today...
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