Directed by Steven Spielberg • 1971 • United States
Starring Dennis Weaver, Jacqueline Scott, Eddie Firestone
In Steven Spielberg’s legendary feature debut, an insane trucker pursues an innocent motorist (Dennis Weaver) along a barren stretch of desert highway. And that’s . . . pretty much it. Built on relentless action and suspense with minimal dialogue to spoil the fun, DUEL is a sustained tour de force of pure cinema that ranks among the filmmaker’s best in terms of unadulterated thrills, executed with an arsenal of bravura stylistic techniques that are still imitated today.