YMMV / Duel

Examples from the movie

  • Fridge Brilliance: David's car was given a nice splattering of gasoline on the hood when the gas attendant got sloppy with the hose. This is what caught on fire, not the car itself.
    • Not really; that was on the trunk lid that got the petrol, and it was the engine that caught fire first.
  • Fridge Horror: Just before the truck goes over the cliff and crashes in the end, the door to driver's seat is open and the driver is missing... Still, he's nowhere to be found and there's a nice blood stain on his steering wheel.
    • Look at the truck's front, with all the license plates and notches carved in the headlights..
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Steven Spielberg directs a movie with a four letter long title, about an ordinary guy terrorized by a monstrous beast. He's said that these similarities are actually what got him interested in directing Jaws.
  • Moral Event Horizon: The truck is just tormenting Mann... until it tries to run him down in the phone booth and destroys the cages and property at the gas station. At this point it is okay that the truck is destroyed at the end.
  • Narm: Dennis Weaver's readings of Mann's Inner Monologues arguably fall into this.
    • Narm Charm: But still, they're not too bad, considering the strain his character is meant to be under.
      • That said, the 90 minute version (Or is it just the dvd version?) is lacking a LOT of these; some are even in different places. (ie, in the DVD version "where's the summit" [which is spoken sooner in the earlier version] replaces "I'm burning up!")
  • One-Scene Wonder: The oddity of some of the radio callers in the opening sequence, particularly the guy who "plays meat," make them rather more memorable than they by all rights should be.
  • Paranoia Fuel: You would be forgiven for nervously eyeing trucks, especially out on the highway, after watching this movie.

Examples from the TV game show

  • Moment of Awesome: The first $500,000 winner of the U.S. version in Season 2, Gabriel, surprised everyone by winning with a 3-to-1 chip disadvantage on a question with all of the answers split. Greenberg even called him a wolf in sheep's clothing, when in reality he's more of a Badass Normal due to his unemployed status. The look on the loser's face makes it priceless.
  • Padding: While not as bad as other shows that were on the air back then, Duel holds the dubious distinction of being one of the few shows to end an episode after the players had locked in their answers, thus forcing everyone to wait until the next show to see if they were right.
  • What An Idiot: Possibly the worst time to fall into this trope is on the aforementioned Moment of Awesome. The Duel could've kept going with a true one-vs-one All or Nothing, if Jennifer had known who the members of The Rolling Stones were. Jennifer put her chips on Keith Richards, Charlie Watts... and Robert Plantnote . Gabriel put his chip on the other Rolling Stone: Mick Jagger, which won him half a million dollars.