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FILM DETAILS
Certificate PG
Cast
Denis Weaver
Jacqueline Scott
Carey Loftin
Directors
Steven Spielberg
Screenwriters
Richard Matheson
Running Time
90 minutes

Duel
Spielberg's gripping thriller about a killer truck


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Plot
David Mann is a salesman travelling across California. When he passes a truck driver, the driver takes offence for some reason and pursues him relentlessly across the State.


Verdict
Despite a clever use of sound effects - the truck's primal groaning contrasting with Mann's whiny engine - Duel achieves the frantic energy and striking simplicity of silent film: ironically, considering its small screen origins, it is pure cinema.


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