Sorcerer (1977)

PG  |   |  Adventure, Drama, Thriller  |  24 June 1977 (USA)
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Four unfortunate men from different parts of the globe agree to risk their lives transporting gallons of nitroglycerin across dangerous South American jungle.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruno Cremer ...
Victor Manzon - 'Serrano'
Francisco Rabal ...
Kassem - 'Martinez'
Ramon Bieri ...
Peter Capell ...
Karl John ...
Friedrich von Ledebur ...
'Carlos' (as Fredrick Ledebur)
Chico Martínez ...
Bobby Del Rios (as Chico Martinez)
Rosario Almontes ...
Richard Holley ...
Billy White
Blanche (as Anne Marie Descott)
Jean-Luc Bideau ...
Jacques François ...
Lefevre (as Jacques Francois)


A group of outcasts from different backgrounds and nationalities are forced by misfortune to work in an oil-drilling operation in South America. When fire breaks out of control, four of the outcasts are given the opportunity to earn enough money to get out by transporting six crates of unstable dynamite through miles of jungle in two ancient trucks. Written by Keith Loh <>, David Lee (

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WANTED. Four men willing to drive a cargo of death to escape a life in hell. See more »


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Release Date:

24 June 1977 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Wages of Fear  »

Box Office


$12,000,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Crazy Credits

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Original Is Good, This Is Better
31 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Here's one exception to the general rule or opinion that re-makes are not as good as the originals. This is even better than the 1953 "The Wages Of Fear."

"Sorcerer" (a better title might have helped in the status of this film) is divided into three segments. The first part deals with the various criminal acts committed by the four principal characters in their particular part of the world.

The second part shows the seedy life these criminals must now endure in a poor South American town after they are forced to flee their respective countries.

The third segment is the major part of the story. An oil well fire rages out of control and these men are selected to do something that can solve the problem, in exchange for enough money to get them out of that hellhole. The job: transport cans of extremely-volatile nitroglycerin in a truck in a harrowing 218-mile trek through jungle terrain to the site of the disaster.

This long segment is one of the most suspenseful and well-photographed scenes I've ever seen on film. This is good stuff, particularly for the first-time viewer. There are some amazing scenes that just about wear you out.

Added to the no-nonsense story directed by one of the best, William Friedkin, is some unique electronic music by "Tangerine Dream." If you are thinking of the kids watching, there is no sex and very little profanity but some of the violence is very bloody.

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