Rating 8 out of 10
Director - Steven Spielberg
Dennis Weaver - David Mann
Carey Loftin - The Truck Driver
Hey there all you Highway Hellions !! Axemasters in the dungeon on this rainy night with another Classic of yesterday ..... Duel !!
Its a good thing that this flicks tittle rhymes with Cool , because that's exactly what it is ! Here's the story line in a nut shell ................
Mild mannered sales man David Mann , is on a road trip to meet an important client . He hops in the old reliable Plymouth Valiant ( I had one of these growing up !! Yes , I'm an old bastard !! ) and heads off on the sunny back roads of southern California . The talk radio is on and Old Dave is having a great time , talking right along with them ! (come on admit it you do it too !) Everything is going fine until he comes up behind a creepy , dirty , stinky old transport truck . This thing looks like Satan himself could be hauling freight on his off days !!
|"Satan's trucking ! How May We Help You !?"|
|"Ten and Two Dam It Ten And Two !!"|
|"Can't we just play Badminton !? Best 2 out of 3 !?"|
Duel is a great old flick , and one that I never saw until recently ! (Thanks Gore Girl !!) It is the debut of Steven Spielberg as director , and you can tell . It has the feel of his work all over it . Now this was a TV film , believe it or not , so there is no gore or foul language . Spielberg uses tension throughout the movie to keep you on the edge of your seat , spilling popcorn everywhere !! The flick has a Hitchcock like feel to it as well . Probably because the screenplay was written by Richard Matheson , who worked on Hitchcocks show , and the Twilight Zone , and much much more . Dennis Weaver does a great job as the nerdy salesman turned road warrior .
So pick up a copy and rev it up ! You'll get a crazy ride , thats for sure !
And Remember Fright Fans ..................
If you find yourself on a lonely road , with a dirty old truck smoking away in front of you .....
Turn around ........ while there's still time !!