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Le salaire de la peur
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Writers:
Georges Arnaud (novel)
Henri-Georges Clouzot (adaptation) ...
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Release Date:
16 February 1955 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
The complete restored version of the 1953 French classic [reissue] See more »
Plot:
In a decrepit South American village, men are hired to transport an urgent nitroglycerine shipment without the equipment that would make it safe. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Won BAFTA Film Award. Another 5 wins See more »
User Reviews:
A gripping action film and a powerful study of failure See more (123 total) »

Cast

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Yves Montand ... Mario
Charles Vanel ... M. Jo
Folco Lulli ... Luigi

Peter van Eyck ... Bimba (as Peter Van Eyck)

Véra Clouzot ... Linda (as Vera Clouzot)
William Tubbs ... Bill O'Brien
Darío Moreno ... Hernandez (as Dario Moreno)
Jo Dest ... Smerloff
Antonio Centa ... Camp Chief (as Centa)
Luis De Lima ... Bernardo
Grégoire Gromoff
Joseph Palau-Fabre
Faustini
Seguna
Darling Légitimus (as Miss Darling)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
René Baranger ... (uncredited)
Pat Hurst ... (uncredited)
Evelio Larenagas ... (uncredited)
Jeronimo Mitchell ... Dick (uncredited)
Ricardo ... (uncredited)
François Valorbe ... (uncredited)
Rico Zermano ... (uncredited)
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Directed by
Henri-Georges Clouzot 
 
Writing credits
Georges Arnaud (novel)

Henri-Georges Clouzot (adaptation and dialogue) (as H.G. Clouzot) and
Jérôme Géronimi (adaptation and dialogue) (as Jérome Geronimi)

Produced by
Raymond Borderie .... delegate producer (as R. Borderie)
Henri-Georges Clouzot .... delegate producer (as H.G. Clouzot)
 
Original Music by
Georges Auric 
 
Cinematography by
Armand Thirard 
 
Film Editing by
Madeleine Gug 
Etiennette Muse  (as E. Muse)
Henri Rust 
 
Art Direction by
René Renoux 
 
Set Decoration by
René Renoux 
 
Makeup Department
Georges Bouban .... makeup artist (as G. Bouban)
 
Production Management
Henri Jaquillard .... unit manager (as H. Jaquillard)
Lucien Lippens .... unit manager (as L. Lippens)
Louis Wipf .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michel Romanoff .... assistant director
Roberto Savarese .... assistant director: Italy
 
Art Department
Marc Desages .... assistant set decorator (as M. Desages)
Pierre Tyberghein .... assistant set decorator (as P. Tyberghien)
 
Sound Department
William Robert Sivel .... sound
Arthur Van der Meeren .... sound assistant (as A. Van Der Merren)
Pierre Zann .... sound assistant (as P. Zann)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Lucienne Chevert .... still photographer
Jean Clouzot .... still photographer (as J. Clouzot)
Jean Dicop .... assistant camera (as Dicop)
Robert Florent .... assistant camera (as Florent)
Robert Juillard .... camera operator (as Robert Juilliard)
Jean Lallier .... camera operator (as J. Lallier)
Louis Née .... camera operator (as L. Née)
Bob Pater .... assistant camera (as Pater)
 
Music Department
Georges Auric .... musical director (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Charles Borderie .... general administrator
Favre .... studio manager
Lily Hargous .... script girl
Lemoigne .... studio manager
Vergne .... studio manager
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Le salaire de la peur" - France (original title)
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Runtime:
131 min | France:156 min | 148 min (director's cut) | West Germany:150 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric)
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Trivia:
Henri-Georges Clouzot originally planned on shooting the film in Spain, but Yves Montand refused to work in Spain as long as fascist dictator Francisco Franco was in power. Filming took place instead in the south of France, near Saint-Gilles, in the Camargue. The village seen in the film was built from scratch.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Jo gets out of the truck, there is not room for the other truck to pass. The road is obviously only one lane wide in that place.See more »
Quotes:
Bill O'Brien:The Hell with the Union! There's plenty of tramps in town, all volunteers. I'm not worried. To get that bonus, they'll carry the entire charge on their backs.
Bradley:You mean you're gonna put those bums to work?
Bill O'Brien:Yes, Mr. Bradley, because those bums don't have any union, nor any families. And if they blow up, nobody'll come around bothering me for any contribution.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Wild Bunch (1969)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Blue DanubeSee more »

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20 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
A gripping action film and a powerful study of failure, 19 November 2006
Author: Galina from Virginia, USA

"The Wages of Fear" was awarded by unanimous verdict the Grand Prix at 1953 Cannes Film Festival where it won over 27 films, some of which were made by Jacques Tati, Alfred Hitchcock, and Luis Buñuel. Cluozot's own screenplay (based a novel by George Arnaud) focuses on four down-and-out European adventurers (Yves Montand, Folco Lulli, Peter Van Eyck, Charles Vanel) who stuck nearly penniless in a festering town in an unnamed South American country. An oil company need a load of highly dangerous and explosive nitroglycerin to be delivered to a remote well fire 300 miles away burning out of control. The route is through jungles and over crude and treacherous mountains and those men are desperate enough to take the chance. None of these men is heroic or generous, they are in for the money. The four were chosen by the managers of oil company because "if something happens to them, no one would care, they have nobody to worry about them". Henri-Georges Clouzot's view on humanity is not particularly optimistic but he finds a way to make a viewer care about disenchanted but desperate characters. Thanks to Clouzot's ability to create not only a gripping action film but a powerful study of failure, the four men will stay for long time in our memory.

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