The duel is finally over

The actor Dennis Weaver died last Friday. I’ll always remember him for one performance: his wonderful depiction of the confused and terrified driver in Spielberg’s 1971 masterpiece Duel. It’s quite brilliant – one of my personal top ten films, I think.
PS Interesting… I just looked up Duel in the IMDB, and I see that it was made for television: it was nominated for a Golden Globe for best TV movie. I’d always assumed that it had a theatrical release. I think I first saw it on TV in about 1982, soon after we’d moved to the USA. For some reason I’ve always associated it with another film that I encountered at about the same time: Douglas Trumbull’s Silent Running. (I tried to think of a possible connection, but the results were depressingly pretentious!)