Death Car on the Freeway

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Death Car on the Freeway
Genre Mystery
Written by William Wood
Directed by Hal Needham
Starring Shelley Hack
George Hamilton
Music by Richard Markowitz
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Producer(s) Stanley Shpetner
Cinematography Bobby Byrne
Editor(s) Frank Morriss
Running time 91 minutes
Production company(s) The Shpetner Company
Distributor CBS
Original network CBS
Original release
  • September 25, 1979 (1979-09-25)

Death Car on the Freeway is a 1979 American made-for-television crime thriller film starring Shelley Hack. In a plot similar to Steven Spielberg's Duel, this tells the story of an unseen driver who is dubbed "The Freeway Fiddler".

Janette Clausen (Hack) is a television reporter investigating a series of freeway murders involving a psychopathic van driver who is deliberately targeting and killing female motorists by crashing into their cars.

The cast features several TV veterans, including George Hamilton, Frank Gorshin, Peter Graves, Dinah Shore, Harriet Nelson, Barbara Rush and Abe Vigoda. Director Hal Needham appears in a supporting role. The face of the driver is never shown, and none of the stunt drivers who "acted him out" are credited for the role of "The Freeway Fiddler".

Death Car on the Freeway first aired on CBS television on September 25, 1979.


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