Steven Speilberg’s dazzling debut, the 1971 thriller “Duel,” was mostly filmed around the Santa Clarita and Acton areas of California. David, played by Dennis Weaver, lives at this house in Toluca Lake, which has unfortunately since been heavily remodeled from how it appeared in the film.
LOCATION: 10414 Bloomfield St, Toluca Lake, CA 91602
As the film unravels, David unwillingly embarks on a terrifying cat and mouse game with a sadistic truck driver. The film does a great job of making most of the locations look quite desolate, but in reality the majority are located pretty close to civilization.
David stops off at this distinct looking restaurant with a stone facade in Santa Clarita after an encounter with the mysterious truck driver. The same restaurant was featured in the film “Wild At Heart” and the TV series “Sharp Objects.” Just a few buildings up the road is the motel from “Too Old To Die Young.”
LOCATION: 12625 Sierra Hwy, Santa Clarita, CA 91390
The tunnel where the kids on the school bus are stranded can be found on Soledad Canyon Rd in Santa Clarita, just past Capra Rd. From there you would pass through to the shoulder on the other side of the tunnel, as the view seen in the film is looking back westbound.
LOCATION: 34°25’55.1″N, 118°20’59.9″W (nearest address is 11540 Soledad Canyon Rd, Santa Clarita, CA 91390)
David hides and tries to get some sleep further down Soledad Canoyn Rd, near the entrance of Middleton Ranch.
LOCATION: 6201 Soledad Canyon Rd, Acton, CA 93510
The truck follows David up this mesa next to Vasquez Canyon Rd in Santa Clarita. In fact, the name of the road is Mesa Dr, though it is now fenced off.
LOCATION: Mesa Dr / Vasquez Canyon Rd, Santa Clarita, CA 91390
If you’ve never seen the film, we encourage you to seek it out. While the plot is pretty minimal, the execution stands the test of time and is so well done, it’s easy to see why Spielberg quickly made a name for himself.