Duel was released on November 13th, 1971.
Filming locations include Acton, Santa Clarita and Toluca Lake, CA.
David Mann's house - 10414 Bloomfield St. Toluca Lake, Ca. 91602
Gas station/laundromat - 31924 Crown Valley Rd. Acton, Ca. 93510
Chuck's Cafe - 12625 Sierra Hwy. Santa Clarita, Ca. 91390
(Le Chene French Cuisine)
School bus tunnel scene - Soledad Canyon Rd. Ca.
Train track scene - Soledad Canyon Rd. and Crown Valley Rd. Acton, Ca.
Sally's Snakerama Station - 9661 Sierra Hwy. Santa Clarita, Ca. 91390
(Pepper Tree Market)
David falls asleep - 6201 Soledad Canyon Rd. Acton, Ca. 93510
Truck follows David to the plateau - Mesa Dr. and Vazquez Canyon Rd.
Santa Clarita, Ca. 91390
Excellent research. Must be great driving aroung looking for exciting places with your laptop or tablette on the passenger seat. Well done !ReplyDelete
Nice work! Do you know the exact location of the cliff from the finale?ReplyDelete
Thanks Christian. I'm sorry, I haven't been able to track down the exact spot where the semi went over the cliff yet.Delete
Hey paul, the final cliff scene is located on cruzan (mystery) mesa.Delete
The wreck should be at 34°27'47.16"N 118°26'13.40"W. Have fun! JanskiDelete
The final crash is on the ridge just off Vasquez Canyon road. There is a hard left which has a road doing a 180 to Vasquez Canyon road. Here is where he hit the embankment, then continued up onto the plateau. The car and truck went off somewhere up there.ReplyDelete
Which road did a 180 to vasquez canyon road?Delete
raf, you're absolutely right! I plan on visiting this location the next time I'm in the area. Thank you.ReplyDelete
The road that goes to Vasquez road and does a 180 is called Mesa Drive! Now I am trying to find where the truck went off.Delete
Think I have the location of the cliff and what looks like a broken in half truck??Delete
I recently went up to Mystery Mesa for a job. It's a closed area but I took some pictures after I wrapped.Delete
Damn, so the actual truck is still there? That's crazy.Delete
Can you confirme the truck was still there when you were there ?Delete
I found a location from the opening bumpercam montage. It's at the Palace, on Broadway in downtown L.A.Delete
Also, the one before it ends at the intersection of Broadway and 7th St.Delete
The early tunnel scenes are on CA-110 next to the Dodger Stadium.Delete
A LOT of cars went over that cliff in the 70s. Just about everyone on your favorite old TV shows.Delete
Our daughter has a 1972 Valiant 4 DR (restored) that is very similar to the Duel car. She won an award with it at The Chrysler Nationals in 2016 after a cross country trip - website "https://sites.google.com/site/lolathevaliant/home" or Google "LolatheValiant.us". We are getting ready for another road trip down to Las Vegas for a big car show down there. Lots of folks ask if it is like the Duel car or talk about the film. I am a Google Street View photographer and an expert with many Google geo tools. For those of you that are interested in a map (in progress) - go to this url - "https://drive.google.com/open?id=1JTFvBt3h4LyZIQ3tmJ8yg6MHetf6v8_l&usp=sharing" - it is a Google Map that will run on mobile devices.Delete
...This is so cool of you to put this effort in for us movie guys!...the reason im here this morning is yesterday i had a 'Duel' moment driving home, it was out of the blue but it sent me back to watching this film as a kid, scary stuff! :)ReplyDelete
I GO TO THE LOCATION IN FEB 2016!ReplyDelete
I figured it out. The final cliff scene in Duel was filmed at cruzan mesa. It can't be accessed from vasquez canyon road but it can be accessed from plum canyon fire road to the south.ReplyDelete
this movie "Duel had some great locations where it was shot and I really like the movie very much, it was very well doneReplyDelete
My son and I are watching it right now. Thanks for the background. Movie holds up but SoCal sure has changed since 71!ReplyDelete
excellent research. When I first watched this movie, I wondered where on the earth this place is.ReplyDelete
Now I can locate the place by Google Earth.
Men, you are doing some fantastic work here! I invite you to visit my blog with some locations from Europe - www.setjet.blogspot.comReplyDelete
Duel aired tonight (Saturday) on Svengoolie. Nice to see the settings. I lived in Antelope Valley 1980-98 and often traveled on the roads used in Duel.ReplyDelete
Man, I'm jelous of you! Lol! I've thought about finding the film locations of these great movies constantly since I was a toddler! Thanks for all your work and devotion. 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. Unfortunately, I won't have much time and will be traveling with 2 young ladies who have zero interest in these things and I'm betting that by the time we get that far (2000 miles), they really won't have any interest in it. I'll just have to try and pretend it was purely coincidence that we are driving past and "BOY, I REALLY HAVE TO GO TO THE BATHROOM! " LOL!ReplyDelete
Brent, I'm jealous out of you! You have TWO young ladies?! Can I be with one of them, then you'll have more time, okay?ReplyDelete
were you able to access the truck remains to confirm? or anyone on this chain?
Visited these locations too. Great film. I Always wondered were they filmed this great piece of filmwork. My wife hates this film ;-)ReplyDelete
Rob (The Netherlands)
Awesome job on these locations. I can't wait to go to them!!ReplyDelete
I went there this past Sunday (04/23/2017), awesome see that a lot is still the same. 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. Everything else was amazing. Tks for the tips, helped a lot.ReplyDelete
So you can go up on the cliff from Arline Street without calling for permission?Delete
Sorry if I sound a bit dumb, but what are we actually saying here.... The lorry was never removed after the crash scene was filmed and is still there today??ReplyDelete
Wow!! That would be so cool to see.'
I wonder if anyone retrieved the donk out of the tanker ?Delete
Hey. Watched this as a kid with my dad in the seventies and remembered how cool all these remote desolate roads looked. Just watched it last night (10 June 17) with my two sons and they were mesmerised. Great how an old film can still carry the suspense in these days of CGI. Brilliant website and excellent info. I have looked on the locations mentioned on Google maps but can't make out the truck that was left behind.. Can anyone confirm.ReplyDelete
Is the gas station / laundromat somewhere near Acton still in existence? "Fill it with ethyl." "If Ethyl don't mind." This was where David Mann made the phone call to his wife.ReplyDelete
Here I am answering my own questions. After some research on the Internet involving GOOGLE aerial photos and streetview pics, plus Historic aerials, I'm certain the Gifts & Apparel / Acton laundromat / Acton Service building where Dennis Weaver had his car filled with gas and he called his wife from the laundromat was located at the southeast corner of Crown Valley Road and Smith Avenue in Acton. The building has been transformed into a California Bank & Trust outlet. If it's the same building, it has been heavily rebuilt. The whole area has changed considerably since 1971. When the truck pulls in alongside the car, you're looking north. The scene took them a long time to film. When Weaver first pulls his car into the gas station, the sun is in the east and the building is casting a shadow completely over the car. When the attendant slams the hood closed, the sun has moved across the sky to the west and the car is no longer in a shadow cast by the building.Delete
The location where Dennis Weaver's character pulls off the road, takes a brief nap, and then has his sleep interrupted by a passing train was filmed on the south side of Soledad Canyon Road. On the north side of the road is the Middleton Ranch, at 6201 Soledad Canyon Road. This is a site dedicated to location film shooting. Since 1971, the junkyard on the south side of the railroad track has been removed. The rail line at this location has transitioned from a single track to double track.ReplyDelete
I would like to add that if u think about it this movie is really like a movie length version of an episode of the Twilight Zone. The sound effects are very similar in the scene transitions and also any TZ fan knows the screenplay of Duel was by Richard Matheson who actually wrote many TZ episodes.ReplyDelete
Duel: They handed young Steven Spielberg a tiny budget and a good writer...and look what he did with it. The rest was history.ReplyDelete
Hello, my name is Manfred, I'm from Germany, and Duell is still one of my favorite movies.ReplyDelete
When my wife and I planned a vacation in California for 2018, I began researching locations and tracks for the film.
The result of this trip, I would like to share with you. Enjoy :-)
Very nice work, Manfred!Delete
Klasse Manfred, ich war gerade am Roadtrip planen als ich das hier sah. An genau diesen Stellen bin ich August 2020Delete
Nice job Manfred; will be visiting from Alberta, Canada to these locations soon!ReplyDelete
Great! Have fun :-)Delete
Truck and car still there.... barely! 🤠ReplyDelete
Twighlight Zone The Hitch-hiker released 1/22/60 is filmed in exactly the same location and has a lot of very close scenes as Duel. Hell's Highway is a very similar storyline and filmed at the same place off of Soledad Cyn Road.ReplyDelete
It appears the truck was driven off the huge, flat plateau right off Vasquez Canyon Road. It's the large, flat area just above this pin:ReplyDelete
The tunnel that appears in the school bus scene is also in the 1963 film It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World where the car flips over after losing its tire inside the tunnel. The car flips over at or near the same spot where the school bus was parked.ReplyDelete
Sadly, the house from the first shot that he pulls out of has been destroyed and replaced with a modern looking home.ReplyDelete
Wow, you're right. Looks like it was demolished and replaced in 2017 :( Thanks for the update.Delete
A lot of those roads, and the tunnel were also used in the tv movie The California Kid.ReplyDelete