Duel (1971 TV) Movie Review Summary

Actors: Dennis Weaver, Cary Loftin, Lucille Benson

Detailed plot synopsis reviews of Duel (1971 TV)

David Mann (Weaver), a salesman or business commuter, is driving across California the morning after a misunderstanding with his wife. In something of a hurry, he passes a slow, oily, dirty gas tanker truck, but somehow irritates the driver, who starts passing him and slowing down again. Then he starts playing mind games--tempting David to pass into oncoming traffic or speeding up to prevent him from getting by. We see the entire story from David's perspective, and hear his thoughts, but never glimpse the driver beyond his boots, so it is as if the truck itself is out to kill David. This 90-minute feature was released in theaters overseas but seen only on TV in the U.S. A memorable thriller written by horror and sci-fi veteran Richard Matheson and directed by 25-year-old Stephen Spielberg.
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The review of this Movie prepared by David Loftus

Businessman David Mann is making an interstate drive to make a business meeting. While out in the desert, he passes a diesel tanker. This small incident causes the unseen driver of the truck to torment David, first mentally by playing road games and then later, physically by attempting to run David off the road. David's only defense is to survive the maniacal attacks of the truck and its' unseen driver.
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Script Analysis of Duel (1971 TV)

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Actual chase scenes or violence 70%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 15%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 15% Time/Era of Movie:    -   1960's-1970's Crime & Police Story?    -   Yes Crime story:    -   hunted by killer/stalker

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   small businessman    -   business executive Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   California Desert?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   non-gory references to death/punishment Unusual forms of death    -   dropped from large heights    -   crushed Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing Is this movie based on a    -   book

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