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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:
An unforgettable bit of existentialism on exposed celluloid See more (124 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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)

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)
Certification:
Australia:M | Australia:PG (TV rating) | Canada:14+ (Ontario) | Finland:K-16 | Finland:K-18 (DVD rating) | Japan:G (2014) | Norway:16 | South Korea:12 (2004) | Sweden:15 | UK:PG | UK:A (original rating) | USA:Not Rated | West Germany:16
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Trivia:
Accusations of anti-Americanism led to the US censor cutting several key scenes from the film.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Mario throws a stone at Jo's face, although he stands at a higher lever, the stone seems to hit Jo's face from below.See more »
Quotes:
Mario:When someone else is driving, I'm scared.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Speed (1994)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Blue DanubeSee more »

FAQ

What are the differences between the old Theatrical Versions and the Uncensored Version?
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47 out of 64 people found the following review useful.
An unforgettable bit of existentialism on exposed celluloid, 3 July 2001
Author: Frank Olthoff from Oberhausen, Germany

Whoever it may be to rightly claim that he invented the action thriller genre (Méliès, I suppose), Henri-Georges Clouzot's "Le salaire de la peur" is an indispensable milestone on the exciting route to the best films of that kind in the 70's, 80's and nowadays. In its tenseness, as symbolized by the danger of explosion of the lorries' loads, it has hardly been surpassed.

The plot is perfectly worked out from start to end, the leading players act in some of their best parts ever, the (almost) absence of music supports the brutal realism and the consequent choice of authentic outdoor settings contributed a lot to the film's deserved success. Historically, it ranges between neorealismo and nouvelle vague, and yet it is its pure action and suspense that make it worth watching for younger audiences who wouldn't go in for just the artistic way. - Only flaw I can see is the curious, rather artificial change in Vanel's character which has no comprehensible motivation, at least for me whenever I see it.

Apart from that, Clouzot's wife Véra (also well-known from his "Les diaboliques") plays to the "most breathtaking angles" gallery when she bows down to scrub the floor of Dario Moreno's gin joint. It's a man's world after all and there are male perspectives on human survival only. Well, it's existentialism, mates. Altogether, the black and white photography is gripping. The gun scene between Lulli and Vanel is one of the best montages in film history, and there is more excellent editing in "Salaire" (including the finale) that completely fits the hot atmosphere.

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