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Duel

Released 1983
Distributor Universal

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 Steven 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 retired.

About Josh Olson

Josh Olson was the only student in his second grade class to see The House That Dripped Blood. Many years later, he wrote and directed the no-budget horror film, Infested, a brutal assault on The Big Chill, with zombies. He went on to write the screenplay for A History Of Violence and was nominated for the WGA, BAFTA and Academy Awards for Best Screenplay. He kept losing to Larry McMurtry, but that’s okay. He has written features and TV shows with Harlan Ellison, Walter Hill, Slash, Willie Nelson, and Mick Jagger. His Village Voice essay “I Will Not Read Your Fucking Script” became an internet phenomenon, getting upwards of five million hits. The ten-part audio drama Bronzeville which he wrote, starring Laurence Fishburne, Larenz Tate, Tracee Ellis Ross, Omari Harwicke and Tika Sumpter was a popular and critical hit, and is currently being developed for TV. He and John Brancato (The Game) recently wrote and sold the feature spec Trigger Warning, which is being produced by Thunder Road. Josh is the host of Trailers From Hell's official podcast, The Movies That Made Me, available everywhere podcasts are streamed and downloaded!