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Duel (1971)

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Re: Duel (1971)
Added by Joe Rickey   on 2004-02-18 22:06:31

Having recently seen both Duel and Joy Ride (2001) there is an eerie similarity between those two films. Joy Ride obviously was influenced by Duel (Along with The Hitcher somewhat).

Re: Duel (1971)
Added by John Ulmer (email) on 2004-02-19 04:06:41

I agree.

I think that The Hitcher and Joy Ride (or Road Kill as it's known in the UK) are both very influenced by this film. So was Breakdown and Road Games, to a certain extent, but to a lesser degree.

I nearly gave a 4.5 star rating to the movie, but it's certainly the best "road games" film I can think of, and it established the genre, so it sort of fits into MG's guidelines for what a five-star film is.

It really is an excellent movie, especially considering it was made for television.

What did you think of it?

Re: Duel (1971)
Added by Bill King   on 2004-02-19 10:35:15

I liked it too. I gave it 3 stars out of 4, but I would give it 3.5 out of a 5-star scale.

Re: Duel (1971)
Added by Joe Rickey   on 2004-02-19 10:57:04

I enjoyed the film very much. It foreshadowed things to come for Spielberg.

Re: Duel (1971)
Added by John Ulmer (email) on 2004-02-19 11:28:40

It's probably the best made-for-TV film I can think of. I was quite impressed.

I can understand why Bill might give it 3.5 stars on a 5-star scale, however--I just can't stop thinking about it since I saw the film. So for me it's definitely a five-starfilm--any movie that can make that sort of impact on a person like myself--especially given the quite asic material of "Duel"--has done something right!

I think it really would have ruined the movie if they had shown the truck driver, too. Leaving him unseen adds a certain supernatural sense to the film that I think "The Hitcher" unsuccessfully ripped off.

Re: Duel (1971)
Added by Bill King   on 2004-02-19 12:53:56

Personally, I think the best made-for-TV movie is "The Stand."

Re: Duel (1971)
Added by John Ulmer (email) on 2004-02-19 14:02:13

Isn't that a Stephen King adaptation? To be honest, I've never seen it--although I'll look for it on TV. (Sometimes it's harder to get these type of programs in the UK--I was lucky enough to find Duel on at 12 a.m.)

Re: Duel (1971)
Added by Bill King   on 2004-02-19 15:10:42

Yes, it's adapted from Stephen King's novel. It aired back in 1994 and only re-aired once since then, so you won't catch it on TV any time soon. It's available on video and R1 DVD.

Re: Duel (1971)
Added by John Ulmer (email) on 2004-02-20 05:41:25

I heard that The Stand is Stephen King's finest book, and I just found it in a used bookstore a few days ago...but it was pretty beat up so I didn't buy it. I might if it were in the US, but the two pounds it waspriced as are like four dollars with the currency rate right now.

I digress...

I'm just trying to keep one of my threads alive. I've never gotten this much discussion from a review before--I didn't think it would be for this movie, either.

I've got a long way to go before I reach the amount of posts in one of Harrison's reviews, though. :)

Re: Duel (1971)
Added by Harry   on 2004-02-22 22:05:25

what do you know...5 stars again!

Re: Duel (1971)
Added by John Ulmer (email) on 2004-02-23 16:18:37

What do you know...another one of your spam messages again!

First of all, "Harry," I know who you really are and I don't know why you have such a thing against me and my reviews. Maybe because you think you're not getting enough room for your own? I'm assuming you're part of the MG staff, trying to make me think you're Harrison by going by the name Harry. I think I know who you really are.

Five stars...hmm, two or three years ago I never used to give films five stars. I gave my absolute favorite films four stars.

But hey, other critics give out complete star ratings everywhere you turn, and as I became more a commercial-based critic I had to blend in--I couldn't keep underrating everything and being so conservative.

So I started rating classics against classics and modern movies against modern movies. Scarface, when compared against other classics, deserves five stars. It's an amazing movie.

Many people consider it one of the greatest films ever made. Perhaps a year or two ago I'd give it 3.5/5 stars or even 4/5 stars. But nowadays that's simply not a reality and I really don't care what anyone thinks, since most of my reviews on MG are my archive reviews, and most of my archive reviews are on great movies, therefore most of my reviews on MG are going to be five-star ratings.

If I were submitting all my new film reviews you'd find a lot more 2.5s and 3s.

Or you can check out my 1,103 film comments on IMDb and judge for yourself just how many five-star ratings I give out.

Re: Duel (1971)
Added by carl langley   on 2004-06-06 18:17:01

Lol, I saw 11 comments and I thought there was an actual discussion going on here, but half of the comments are from you John! Well anyway, here's my input: After watching the movie, you can clearly see early signs of the virtuoso director Spielberg is today. Very entertaining film.

Re: Duel (1971)
Added by John Ulmer   on 2004-06-22 11:27:43

This makes my sixth comment. A little under half. ;)

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