A business commuter is pursued and terrorized by the malevolent driver of a massive tractor-trailer.

Director:

Steven Spielberg

Writers:

Richard Matheson (screenplay), Richard Matheson (story)
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dennis Weaver ... David Mann
Jacqueline Scott ... Mrs. Mann
Eddie Firestone ... Cafe Owner
Lou Frizzell ... Bus Driver
Gene Dynarski ... Man in Cafe
Lucille Benson ... Lady at Snakerama
Tim Herbert ... Gas Station Attendant
Charles Seel ... Old Man
Shirley O'Hara ... Waitress
Alexander Lockwood Alexander Lockwood ... Old Man in Car
Amy Douglass Amy Douglass ... Old Woman in Car
Dick Whittington Dick Whittington ... Radio Interviewer (voice)
Carey Loftin ... The Truck Driver (as Cary Loftin)
Dale Van Sickel ... Car Driver (as Dale VanSickle)
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Storyline

While traveling through the desert for an appointment with a client, the businessman David Mann from California passes a slow and old tanker truck. The psychotic truck driver feels offended and chases David along the empty highway trying to kill him. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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When the headlights of a truck become the eyes of a psychopath. See more »

Genres:

Action | Thriller

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Although Steven Spielberg wanted Dennis Weaver from the beginning, Weaver actually wasn't signed until the evening before shooting was to begin. See more »

Goofs

The streaks on the back of David Mann's car change in size and number for no apparent reason. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[radio playing, driving down the road, approaches the truck]
[David coughs, coughs again]
David Mann: Talk about pollution.
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Crazy Credits

The man with the sandwich is referred to as "Hoagy Man". See more »

Alternate Versions

Spielberg shot an additional 16 minutes of footage (bringing the running time up to 90 minutes from the original 74 of the TV version), including a longer title sequence, the expansion of the gas station / laundromat scene towards the beginning of the film (the entire phone conversation with David Mann's wife being added), and the addition of a scene showing the killer truck trying to push Mann's car under a train at a railroad crossing. These new scenes can be noted by the fact that, for shooting the new footage, Universal had to purchase both a new red Plymouth Valiant and a similar Peterbilt semi truck. The Valiant is a 1972 model, which is very close to the original 1971 model in the original film, but not exact - and the differences can be noted in the film. See more »

Connections

References Psycho (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

Brush Those Tears from Your Eyes
(uncredited)
Written by Al Trace (as Clem Watts), Oakley Haldeman and James Lee
Published by MCA Music (ASCAP)
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One Helluva Ride
1 September 2003 | by SargebriSee all my reviews

This film proves that television can produce a quality film. Much like Spielberg's first big theatrical hit, "Jaws", this film deals with a menace, the driver, that is pretty much unseen for most of the film. It also preys upon our fear of being caught in a desperate situation with no one around to help. Also, Dennis Weaver was perfectly cast as the unfortunate motorist that happens to be the prey of a psychotic truck driver. This definitely is a far cry from Weaver's most famous role of Marshall Sam McCloud, who was the typical hero compared to the terrified motorist he plays in this film. Too bad that we here in the United States never got a chance to see this great film in a theater like the rest of the world. This is definitely a classic suspense film.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 November 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Duel See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$450,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,544
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Television See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (original)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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