Duel Poster Original Daybill 1973 Dennis Weaver Steven Spielberg
Rare Blue Art Daybill Poster.Duel is a 1971 American action thriller film written by Richard Matheson, which is based on his own 1971 short story. The film marks the feature-length directorial debut of Steven Spielberg and was distributed by Universal Pictures. Dennis Weaver portrays David Mann, a business commuter from California driving a Plymouth Valiant while on his way to meet a client. He soon finds himself chased by the mostly unseen driver of a rusted Peterbilt 281 who chases and terrorizes Mann after Mann overtakes him. Originally aired as a television film as part of the ABC Movie of the Week series on November 13, 1971, Duel later received an international theatrical release (1973) in an extended version featuring scenes shot after the film's original broadcast. The film was critically acclaimed upon release for Spielberg's direction and it has since been recognized as an influential cult classic.