Before spinning cinematic gold from sharks, dinosaurs and homesick aliens, a young Steven Spielberg directed this high-velocity thriller about an innocent motorist terrorised by an evil truck. Spielberg’s first full-length movie, Duel, helped jumpstart the director’s big-screen career, with a gripping, action=packed story hailed by critics as a film that ‘…belongs on the classics shelf reserved for top suspensers’ (Daily Variety).
Dennis Weaver stars as the travelling salesman waging a desperate battle for survival after he is mysteriously singled out for destruction. Praised for its deft use of relentlessly mounting psychological tension, Duel features one of the most uniquely terrifying â€œcharactersâ€ in movie history: a massive, roaring 40-ton truck with more sheer menace than most flesh-and-blood villains.
But Steven Spielberg was, literally, just getting started. A few years later, the action of Spielberg’s blockbuster hit Jaws would echo Duel’s tale of a lone hero in a heart-stopping fight to the finish against a monstrous, inhuman foe.