Film

A Review of Steven Spielberg’s ‘Duel’ + Spielberg discusses the making of the film

Projected Perspectives

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No vehicle has looked more menacing, terrifying and intimidating in cinema than the 1955 model Peterbilt 281 tanker truck in Steven Spielberg’s full-fledged directorial debut Duel. Based on a short story by Richard Matheson that appeared in an issue of Playboy magazine, the film follows a day in the life of an ordinary man named Richard Mann taking a long car trip, hoping to make a business meeting on time. Things take an unexpected turn when he provokes the ire of a psychotic truck driver en route and Mann’s life becomes a living nightmare from that point on. What ensues is a long and horrifying chase – a duel to the death – between Mann and this maniac.

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What makes the film even more terrifying is the fact that the identity of the truck driver is never revealed throughout the film. Not even once do we get to see…

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