Monday, October 12, 2009


Duel is a 1971 film, the first directed by Steven Spielberg. It stars Dennis Weaver. This was a made-for-tv movie that was padded for later theater release. I saw it on TV and have never seen the longer version.

Moria opens a positive review with this: "This remarkable little film heralded the arrival on the scene of a tenderfoot new director". 1000 Misspent Hours says,
There’s a good chance that Duel is the best horror movie ever made for American TV. The sheer efficiency of it is breathtaking; barely a second is wasted anywhere, and there isn’t a single scene or minor secondary character that isn’t somehow necessary to maintaining the mood of escalating panic or keeping the story in motion.

The New York Times praises Spielberg. It has an 86% fresh rating at Rotten Tomatoes.


  1. I absolutely loved Duel. It's a simple but great thriller.

  2. Anonymous10:36 AM

    An interesting fact: Duel is the _original_ made-for-TV movie.

    A Pal

  3. But that was 1971. There were made-for-tv movies long before that. Claude Rains was in the Pied Piper in 1957, and that was a 90-minute movie specifically filmed for tv viewing. "See How They Run" was in 1964.