Le salaire de la peur
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The Wages of Fear (1953) More at IMDbPro »Le salaire de la peur (original title)

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The following FAQ entries may contain spoilers. Only the biggest ones (if any) will be covered with spoiler tags. Spoiler tags are used sparingly in order to make the page more readable.

For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for The Wages of War can be found here.

Yes. Le Salaire de la peur [English: The Wages of Fear] (1950) was written by French author Georges Arnaud.

They need the explosive to blow out a burning oil well. There was an accident at the plant, and now they need to extinguish the fire. It's a common method to blow out burning oil wells by explosions. The explosion consumes all the oxygen around the oil well.

The movie doesn't give a definitive answer to the actual cause of the explosion. However, because nitro is extremely volatile and explosive, it could have been caused by any number of things, e.g., a bump or pothole in the road, veering too sharply or quickly in one direction, etc. It was said in the film, "They probably didn't even know what happened."

Upon its release the movie was shown in a censored version in several countries. In Germany, for example, a version aired that was approx. 17 minutes shorter than the original French Version. A detailed comparison between both versions with pictures can be found here.


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