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The Tourist: Viewers are all comparing Jamie Dornan drama to the same film

Did The Tourist take inspiration from a 1971 film? (Picture: BBC)

The Tourist arrived with a bang over the New Year, with Jamie Dornan’s new drama captivating viewers.

The six-part series follows a British man in the extreme environment of the Australian outback, being pursued by a vast tank truck trying to drive him off the road.

Only, not everything is as it seems, with Jamie’s character waking up with no recollection of who was chasing him – or what he was doing in the outback in the first place.

The first episode has gone down well with viewers, but some of them are pointing out a comparison with another story.

As fans will remember, the opening scene of the Tourist sees the lead character chased by the truck, and Twitter users have compared it to the plot from Steven Spielberg’s 1971 TV movie Duel.

Duel starred the likes of Dennis Weaver, and marked the master director’s first feature-length project.

Duel aired in the US back in 1971 (Picture: Universal)

The film, which is based on the Richard Matheson story, follows a businessman who is followed by a rampaging truck without any knowledge of its intention.

The Tourist’s opening scene was interpreted as a homage to the cult classic by some, with others saying the first episode was a little too close to the plot of the film.

‘Started watching the tourist and immediate memories of Duel,’ one said.

‘So this is basically the film Duel then?’ another added.

One fan added: ‘Enjoyed the first episode of The Tourist, including a nod to Steven Spielberg’s classic “Duel”.’







The Tourist has impressed viewers and critics so far. Starring alongside Dornan is Dumplin’ actress Danielle Macdonald, Line of Duty’s Shalon Brune-Franklin, and Damon – who stars as Agent Lachlan Rogers, replacing Hugo after the Lord of The Rings star pulled out of the series due to scheduling conflicts.

‘An epic cat and mouse chase unfolds and the man later wakes in hospital, hurt, but somehow alive,’ the synopsis reads. ‘Except he has no idea who he is.

‘With merciless figures from his past pursuing him, The Man’s search for answers propels him through the vast and unforgiving outback.’

The Tourist is available to stream on BBC iPlayer


Credit: Original article published here.

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