DVD - 2003
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David Mann (Dennis Weaver) is just a regular family man on a business trip. Unfortunately, things go from bad to worse when a huge gasoline truck in front of him forces him to drive slower than he wants. As the drive continues, Mann realizes that he's not dealing with just another road hog. Though he can never see the trucker's face, the driver proves to be psychopathic, starting to run Mann off the road and trick or force him into a number of deadly situations. As the horrific trip continues, Mann tries to lose the truck, but each time he thinks he's finally in the clear, the truck returns to terrify him more. Finally, the horrific conflict builds to a point where he realizes that running won't save him, and that he must take a stand and fight back against the insane trucker.
Publisher: Universal City, CA : Universal Studios, ©2003
Edition: Collector ed
ISBN: 9780783268583
Branch Call Number: DVD Action DUEL
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 90 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in


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Apr 02, 2018

Excellent TV movie by Spielberg >> saw it as a kid and loved it

I would not want to be in his situation at all! That would be very scary. The movie was fun to watch. Definitely is worth your time.

Aug 12, 2017

Original title: "Nice Driving Dennis Weaver."

NewYorkViews Apr 20, 2015

Great horror road cinematography for a daytime film--should have been for a big theatrical screen, but looks real cool on TV. The ending was okay, but I expected more since the majority of the film was very suspenseful.

Jul 01, 2014

Steven Spielberg's feature film debut, and a great thriller, with hints of his greatness to come. Shot in less than two weeks, it was originally just a made-for -TV movie, but was so good they filmed more footage for an overseas theatrical release.

Jan 02, 2014

Never gets old.. love this!

Jul 13, 2012

I first saw this 'David vs. Goliath' psychological thriller when I was a young kid, and it scared the hell out of me. (lol) According to Steven Spielberg, this feature film directorial debut launched his career. It's got the suspense of a Hitchcock flick. The faceless wingnut in his rusted retro Peterbilt, relentlessly barreling down on poor skittish Dennis Weaver in his puny (but sensible!) Plymouth Valiant. I thought it was very well done, for a '71 "ABC Movie of the Week". Bonus features with Spielberg and writer Richard Matheson are very interesting. FIVE STARS.

May 29, 2012

I found myself feeling a mixture of things throughout the entire duration of this film. Chiefly, I felt tense, frustrated and the constant need for some sort of resolution. I cannot imagine myself being in this guy's shoes; especially driving a retro car like that! It's a good movie overall considering the time.

Apr 30, 2012

drama - good for the period but lacking good stunts for a car chase movie. Creepy truck, muy bien.

Aug 08, 2011

Dialogue? We don't need no stinking dialogue! We have big, stinking truck instead!

Seriously: there's oodles of story you can tell without using words. This would work just as well without any sound as it does with.

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Jul 13, 2012

David Mann: (mocking his wife's voice): "Well dear, did you have a nice trip? (his response) Uh, no, no... Just the... just the same old thing... o-boy, o-boy, o-boy..."


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