Travelling businessman, David Mann, angers the driver of a rusty tanker whilst crossing the Californian desert. A simple trip turns deadly as Mann struggles to stay on the road while the tanker plays cat and mouse with his life.

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  1. Richard Matheson

    Screenplay, Story

  2. Steven Spielberg


Top Billed Cast

  1. Dennis Weaver

    Dennis Weaver

    David Mann

  2. Jacqueline Scott

    Jacqueline Scott

    Mrs. Mann

  3. EF

    Eddie Firestone

    Cafe Owner

  4. Lou Frizzell

    Lou Frizzell

    Bus Driver

  5. Gene Dynarski

    Gene Dynarski

    Man in Cafe

  6. Lucille Benson

    Lucille Benson

    Lady at Snakerama

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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 30m

Budget $450,000.00

Revenue -

Homepage -

Release Information

  • November 10, 1971
    PG, Theatrical
  • August 12, 2003
    PG, Physical
  • May 5, 2015
    PG, Physical



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