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November 13, 1971 – Spielberg’s feature debut Duel starring a demonic Peterbilt premieres
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November 13, 1971 – Spielberg’s feature debut Duel starring a demonic Peterbilt premieres

Steven Spielberg's feature length directorial debut, Duel, debuted as a made for TV movie on this day in 1971. The flick starred Dennis Weaver as David Mann, a business commuter driving a Plymouth Valiant through the Mojave Desert on his way to meet a client. After passing a rusty and crusty 1955 Peterbilt 281, the unseen big rig driver chases and terrorizes Mann for the rest of the film. Duel originally aired as part of ABC's Movie of the Week series. The film's success on the small screen resulted in Universal Studios conducting additional filming after its initial airing for an international theatrical release. Richard Matheson adapted the script from his own short story, originally published in Playboy magazine. Matheson loosely based the plot on a real experience he had...
November 11, 1978 – The General Lee jumps Rosco’s patrol car
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November 11, 1978 – The General Lee jumps Rosco’s patrol car

On the campus of Oxford College in Alabama, “The Dukes of Hazzard” crew filmed the iconic General Lee jump that takes place in the opening credits of the show on this day in 1978. The 16 foot high, 82 feet long jump over Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane’s cruiser totaled the orange 1969 Dodge Charger. Of course, they had plenty more Chargers in the studio lot. The stunt coordinator for the show bought as many of the cars as he could find. At the time there was no shortages, as Chrysler sold about 85,000 Chargers in 1969. The cars received roll bars, heavy duty suspension, altered brakes and other custom touches to make them safe and show ready. The cars that went airborne often received trunks full of concrete to prevent them from flipping. Every purchase supports job training for inju...
October 17, 1968 – Bullitt hits theaters, stars 1968 Mustang & Steve McQueen
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October 17, 1968 – Bullitt hits theaters, stars 1968 Mustang & Steve McQueen

Thin lined and fueled by octane, Bullitt was a box office hit that made its theatrical debut on this day in 1968. The film is centered around San Francisco Police Lieutenant Frank Bullitt, who sets out to investigate the murder of a witness he was ordered to protect... and there's a bunch of mystery and twists and turns and eventually he gets the job done... sort of. So, now that we got that out of the way, let's chat about the legendary car chase where Steve McQueen drives a 1968 Ford Mustang GT as he hunts down two hit men in a 1968 Dodge Charger. Their dash through the streets of San Fran elevated the film to superstar status, at least for gearheads, but it has been preserved in the Library of Congress. Here... just watch. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJZ-BHBKyos If you've b...

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