Country: USA
Year: 1971
Duration: 90'

One morning David Mann, a salesman, leaves his home and drives off in his Plymouth Valiant to meet a client. But American roads can hide threats and when David passes a tanker, his nightmare begins. A made-for-TV movie shot on a low budget in thirteen days (only later was it distributed in cinemas), it marks the debut of twentyfive-year-old Steven Spielberg: a mechanical monster (we never see the truck driver’s face) hunting down a regular guy. Written by Richard Matheson, a genius of dystopian SF.


film director

Steven Spielberg


Close Encounters of the Third Kind (Incontri ravvicinati del terzo tipo, 1977), 1941 (1941 - Allarme a Hollywood, 1979), Raiders of the Lost Ark (I predatori dell’arca perduta, 1981), E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (E.T. - L’extra-terrestre, 1982), Empire of the Sun (L’impero del sole, 1987), Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (Indiana Jones e l’ultima crociata, 1989), Always (Always - Per sempre, 1989), Jurassic Park (id., 1993), Schindler’s List (id., 1993), Saving Private Ryan (Salvate il soldato Ryan, 1998), Minority Report (id., 2002), Catch Me If You Can (Prova a prendermi, 2002), The Terminal (id., 2004), War Horse (id., 2011), Lincoln (id., 2012).


& Credits

Steven Spielberg
soggetto, sceneggiatura/story, screenplay
Richard Matheson
Jack A. Marta
montaggio/film editing
Frank Morris
scenografia/production design
Robert S. Smith
Billy Goldenberg
interpreti e personaggi/cast and characters
Dennis Weaver (David Mann), Jacqueline Scott (Mrs Mann), Eddie Firestone (il proprietario del caffè/café owner), Lou Frizzell (l’autista d’autobus/bus driver), Shawn Steinman (la ragazzina sullo scuolabus/girl on school bus)
George Eckstein
Universal TV