Dennis Weaver (David Mann), Jacqueline
Scott (Mrs. Mann)
Steven Spielberg's directorial debut originally aired
as a TV movie of the week before a limited theatrical release followed because of popularity and good reviews
Technically, the film is as impressive as any
studio-funded film released around the same time and despite being shackled by a low budget, the film doesn't suffer with a lack of thrills and tension.
Dennis Weaver plays a businessman on the road in
Middle America, hunted by a faceless menace for reasons of ambiguous mystery when a truck driver stops at nothing to drive the meek-mannered man off the road and to certain
Weaver is excellent as the one-man cast for the
majority of the movie, as his paranoia escalates and his plight continues.
It may be a TV movie, but it's still one of the great
directorial debuts of all time.