DUEL and The Sugarland Express: Two of Steven Spielberg's films from his early days are coming to DVD this week! In honor of this event, we're givign away copies of Duel, starring Dennis Weaver, and The Sugarland Express, starring Goldie Hawn!
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Before spinning cinematic gold from sharks, dinosaurs and homesick aliens, a young Steven Spielberg directed this high-velocity thriller about an innocent motorist terrorized by an evil truck. Spielberg’s first full-length movie, Duel helped jumpstart the director’s big-screen career, with a gripping, action-packed story hailed by critics as a film that “…belongs on the classics shelf reserved for top suspensers” (Dailey Variety). Dennis Weaver stars as the traveling salesman waging a desperate battle for survival after he is mysteriously singled out for destruction. Praised for its deft use of relentlessly mounting psychological tension, Duel features one of the most uniquely terrifying “characters” in movie history: a massive, roaring 40-ton truck with more sheer menace than most flesh-and-blood villains. But Steven Spielberg was, literally, just getting started. A few years later, the action of Spielberg’s blockbuster Jaws would echo Duel’s tale of a lone hero in a heart-stopping fight to the finish against a monstrous, inhuman foe.
- Conversation with Director Steven Spielberg
- Steven Spielberg and the Small Screen
- Richard Matheson: The writing of Duel
- Photograph and Poster Gallery
- Cast and Filmmakers
- Production Notes
The Sugarland Express
The Sugarland Express is based on the true story of Lou Jean Poplin, who kidnapped a Texas State Trooper and led the police on a wild chase across the state in an effort to save her son from adoption. This complex role was enough to lure superstar Goldie Hawn back to the screen after a one-year hiatus following her Oscar-winning performance in Cactus Flower. It also marks the feature film debut of a young, now famous, director, Steven Spielberg.
- Theatrical Trailer