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Trailers from Hell: Josh Olson on Steven Spielberg’s Desert Highway Thriller ‘Duel’

Trailers from Hell: Josh Olson on Steven Spielberg's Desert Highway Thriller 'Duel'

Carquake! concludes at Trailers from Hell with screenwriter Josh Olson introducing Steven Spielberg’s “Duel,” made in 1971 when Spielberg was 25 years old.

In 1963 writer Richard Matheson had a terrifying freeway
run-in with a murderous trucker who tried to run his car off the road. In 1971
he turned the experience into a story published in Playboy. Some hold to the
view that even so accomplished and award-winning a filmmaker as Spielberg has never topped the impact made by his made-for-tv feature version
starring Dennis Weaver. The 74 minute cut that premiered on the ABC network was
lengthened to 88 minutes via outtakes for overseas release. It’s this version
that circulates today, the original having been (unfortunately) long since

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