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Old 20-10-2013, 16:26
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I have been watching this online and it is one of those low budget films, in most of the scenes there's only Dennis Weaver and an unseen tanker driver, that seems to work. I quite like the way how Weaver, in an underpowered car and with a nervous personality, has to battle against an unseen enemy in a supercharged truck that harasses him all the way through the California desert.
This really is a classic and an excellent debut for Stephen Spielberg, who was only 23 when he directed it.
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Old 20-10-2013, 16:51
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It's not a low budget film, it's a TV movie.
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Old 20-10-2013, 16:56
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love this film..i record it every time its on
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Old 20-10-2013, 17:31
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It's not a low budget film, it's a TV movie.
Similar thing, but it was one of the few TVMs that had a general release. Duel is a classic and more proof you don't need CGI and millions of dollars to make a good film. Dennis Weaver is excellent and I'd say it's his best role.
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Old 20-10-2013, 17:33
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I really love it, ramps up the tension scene by scene and Weaver is unbelievably good in it.

Probably still one of my five favourite Spielberg films.
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Old 20-10-2013, 18:15
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Great movie. An example of extreme road rage or a metaphor for a 'relentless' enemy. Quite pertinent in some ways?
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Old 20-10-2013, 18:23
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Not seen it for many years, but a very good film from what I remember.
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Old 20-10-2013, 18:26
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Great movie. An example of extreme road rage or a metaphor for a 'relentless' enemy. Quite pertinent in some ways?
Basically the lorry driver is a psychopath and the front of his tanker has number plates taken from cars he's driven off the road.
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Old 20-10-2013, 20:27
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Basically the lorry driver is a psychopath and the front of his tanker has number plates taken from cars he's driven off the road.
I think the movie is open to interpretation. It was written by the brilliant Richard Matheson of 'Twilight Zone' fame, so you might expect a little thought went into the story.

There are themes concerned with masculinity or emasculation in the movie at the very least. And like a number of movies from the 70s/80s (Deliverance, Southern Comfort) the theme of the comfortable urbanites intereracting with more feral forces.
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Old 20-10-2013, 23:56
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maybe the truck has no driver ?
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Old 21-10-2013, 00:26
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"You can't beat me on the upgrade!"

Scared the crap out of me when I was a kid.
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Old 21-10-2013, 16:54
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Duel is a great movie, with lots of tension throughout. Might give it a watch this weekend
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Old 21-10-2013, 17:10
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They filmed extra scenes so it could be released in European cinemas.
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Old 21-10-2013, 17:41
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Great film. Seemed to be on telly fairly often when I was a kid.
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Old 21-10-2013, 18:15
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Absolutely LOVE the film but BEWARE THE DVD RELEASE.

As with a lot of films the sound has been re-done. When the lorry crashes over the cliff at the end the sound has completely lost ALL its impact compared to the original sound.
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Old 21-10-2013, 18:43
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I think the movie is open to interpretation. It was written by the brilliant Richard Matheson of 'Twilight Zone' fame, so you might expect a little thought went into the story.

There are themes concerned with masculinity or emasculation in the movie at the very least. And like a number of movies from the 70s/80s (Deliverance, Southern Comfort) the theme of the comfortable urbanites intereracting with more feral forces.
I agree. We're seeing a revival, I think. Such as home-invasion films (The Strangers, Intruders, The Purge, Panic Room and so on).
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Old 21-10-2013, 20:10
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Watched Race with the Devil yesterday. It reminds me of Duel, mixed with some devil-worship-horror for good measure
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Old 21-10-2013, 21:02
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Definitely about time I re-watched 'Duel'.

Btw, if you like a manic truck driver films, I heartily recommend watching 'Hell Drivers'. The truck in 'Duel' wouldn't have stood a chance against that lot!
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Old 22-10-2013, 07:20
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I remember seeing this in 1974 in Mexico City, as the first of a double-bill, the second one of which was supposed to be the 'big' film. I don't recall which film that even was lol.
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Old 24-10-2013, 00:30
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A cracking film from the days when Spielberg didn't have his head in the sentimental slop bucket.
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Old 24-10-2013, 11:33
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Terrifying film
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Old 24-10-2013, 17:18
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A really good film, proof inded you don't need a cgi-fest to make a truly great action movie.
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Old 10-11-2013, 09:16
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I also love this film, seen it many times.
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Old 10-11-2013, 09:43
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maybe the truck has no driver ?

It does, you do actually see the driver in the film, just not his face.

The early scene where Weaver pulls in to a gas station you see the driver get out of the truck and walk around, and you even hear his voice.
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Old 10-11-2013, 19:31
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anyone one remember the driverless Killdozer, early film with clint walker..not as good as duel but still good film
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