Death Car on the Freeway

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Death Car on the Freeway
Directed by Hal Needham
Produced by Stanley Shpetner
Written by William Wood
Starring Shelley Hack
George Hamilton
Music by Richard Markowitz
Cinematography Bobby Byrne
Edited by Frank Morriss
Distributed by CBS
Release dates
  • September 25, 1979 (1979-09-25)
Running time
91 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Death Car on the Freeway is a 1979 American made-for-television movie 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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