| (opening scenes), Universal Studios - 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, California, USA Filming Locations. These new scenes were the railroad crossing, the school bus, the scene where David phones his wife and the opening scene where the car backs out of the garage and drives through the city. That's crazy. I plan on visiting this location the next time I'm in the area. I figured it out. The movie opens in downtown Los Angeles, where Mann drives down South Broadway, before heading north on Highway 5, the Golden State Freeway toward Bakersfield. A French restaurant occupies the original structure a few miles south of Acton, CA. Think I have the location of the cliff and what looks like a broken in half truck?? Which road did a 180 to vasquez canyon road? Yes No. (studio), Godde Hill Road, Palmdale, California, USA Lancaster, California, USA (Crash of the truck), 10414 Bloomfield Street, Toluca Lake, Los Angeles, California, USA I can't wait to go to them!! Do you know the exact location of the cliff from the finale? this movie "Duel had some great locations where it was shot and I really like the movie very much, it was very well done. David Mann's car was a 1970 red Plymouth Valiant with California license plate 149 PCE. Duel at Diablo (1966) Filming & Production. Showing all 6 items Jump to: Filming Locations (6) Filming Locations. Oscars Best Picture Winners Best Picture Winners Golden Globes Emmys San Diego Comic-Con New York Comic-Con Sundance Film Festival Toronto Int'l Film Festival Awards Central Festival Central All Events. Spielberg stated that he approached this movie in the manner of a Toho monster movie, replacing Godzilla with an 18 wheeler tanker truck. Must be great driving aroung looking for exciting places with your laptop or tablette on the passenger seat. 'Chuck's Cafe’, the truckstop at which a frazzled Mann tries to pick out the seemingly psychotic driver, looks much the same but has been transformed into an upmarket French restaurant. The truck going over the cliff was done in one take. Universal called Spielberg back to shoot additional scenes in order to make it a 90-minute film. Our daughter has a 1972 Valiant 4 DR (restored) that is very similar to the Duel car. With its original runtime of 74 minutes, the TV movie was not long enough to be released in theaters. According to Richard Matheson, he was inspired to write the original short story "Duel" after an encounter with a tailgating truck driver on November 22, 1963, the day that John F. Kennedy was assassinated. Since 1971, the junkyard on the south side of the railroad track has been removed. | Man, I'm jelous of you! My wife hates this film ;-) Rob (The Netherlands). The Duel at Silver Creek (1952) Filming & Production. Is the gas station / laundromat somewhere near Acton still in existence? Yes No. Santa Susana Mountains, California, USA 1 of 1 found this interesting Interesting? Movie holds up but SoCal sure has changed since 71! http://middletonranch.com/. Full Cast and Crew Just a heads up, trying to go the plato, if you take Sierra Hwy and turn on Arline St to try to get to 34°28'07.8"N 118°26'01.6"W where the truck is still there today, make sure you have a 4x4, make sure you don't take anybody's property entrance by mistake, I almost got shot there by an angry crazy fella, but unfortunately my car didn't make all the way to the plato. Great how an old film can still carry the suspense in these days of CGI. The phone number Dennis Weaver dials to call his wife at the gas station is not the standard "555" movie prefix but, at the time, a valid number. France 3 of 3 found this interesting Interesting? I'm sorry, I haven't been able to track down the exact spot where the semi went over the cliff yet. Edit. When first screened in Europe, the TV movie received a theatrical release. When the truck pulls in alongside the car, you're looking north. All three Valiants had 1971-only, Plymouth-only wheel covers. I recently went up to Mystery Mesa for a job. "Chuck's Cafe" still exists today. I have to go to Yucca Valley California on the 5th and I'm going to try and find some of these places on the way. Unhappy by the discovery that footage from the movie was recycled, and unable to sue because the studio owned both the film and Hulk series, Steven Spielberg insisted that all his future contracts have a clause designed to protect his films from being used as stock footage. Parker Brothers merchandised the film with a board game.