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Duel is an unusual piece: a made-for-TV film that went on to become a full-length theatrical release and receive critical glory. The first full-length film directed by Steven Speilberg, with a screenplay written by Richard Matheson, author of I Am Legend.

So what makes it one of the greatest car movies ever? The tension and pacing are pitch-perfect: a salesman on a business trip runs afoul of a tanker truck driver, and the two begin a game of cat and mouse on a desert highway. The cars may not be particularly sexy, but the driving scenes are masterfully done and both vehicles take on personalities of their own. Coupled with a nail-biting ending, this is worth a watch.

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