Film, Thrillers

Time Out says

Spielberg's first film, superbly scripted by Richard Matheson, made for TV but booking its own place on the big screen: an absolute cracker about a salesman driving along the highway who gradually realises that the huge petrol tanker playfully snapping at his heels - apparently driverless - has more sinister designs. There are no explanations and no motivations, except perhaps for a hint of allegory in the script (the motorist's name is Mann) and an intriguing visual suggestion that this is the old, old battle between the shining, prancing, vulnerable knight and the impervious, lumbering dragon. Simply a rivetingly murderous game of cat and mouse that keeps you on the edge of your seat.


Release details

90 mins

Cast and crew

Steven Spielberg
Richard Matheson
Dennis Weaver
Tim Herbert
Jacqueline Scott
Gene Dynarski
Lou Frizzell
Eddie Firestone
Lucille Benson
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