About Duel

With unrelenting dread and an already distinct visual style, Steven Spielberg’s grueling feature debut kicked off the 1970s reminding all mild-mannered motorists the open road isn’t always a safe haven. When meek salesman David Mann (Dennis Weaver) hits the desert highway for a sales call, he’s confronted with pure existential terror in the form of an 18-wheeler from Hell. Relying on sparse dialogue, masterful cinematography, and the open road, Duel is pure genre cinema at its best. [91 min; thriller; English]

"This is a film stripped back to its bare essentials, and Spielberg thrives in having to get creative to make each moment feel as fresh and energised as the last." — Mitchell Beaupre, Little White Lies

"This simple premise—a killer truck stalks a driver—becomes the basis for an exceptionally fraught and well-made suspense film." — Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle

"Once you've seen it, you'll never forget it." — Andrew Collins, Radio Times

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