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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Jackie Scanlon - 'Juan Dominguez'
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Nilo
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Kassem - 'Martinez'
Ramon Bieri ...
Corlette
Peter Capell ...
Lartigue
Karl John ...
'Marquez'
Friedrich von Ledebur ...
'Carlos' (as Fredrick Ledebur)
Chico Martínez ...
Bobby Del Rios (as Chico Martinez)
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Spider
Rosario Almontes ...
Agrippa
Richard Holley ...
Billy White
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Blanche (as Anne Marie Descott)
Jean-Luc Bideau ...
Pascal
Jacques François ...
Lefevre (as Jacques Francois)
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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 <loh@sfu.ca>, David Lee (dave@madebydave.com)

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24 June 1977 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Wages of Fear  »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

For the film's screening, Paramount and William Friedkin prepared specific instructions regarding music: they demanded a three-and-half-minute musical overture to be played prior to each screening, and prohibited any alterations to it. See more »

Goofs

One of the soldiers killed by Nilo is seen breathing and moving after dead. See more »

Quotes

Scanlon: Where am I going?
Vinnie: All I can say is it's a good place to lay low.
Scanlon: Why?
Vinnie: It's the kind of place nobody wants to go looking.
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Crazy Credits

The only opening credits at the beginning of the film are the studios' names followed by the film's graffiti style font title. Although by the late 1990's it was quite common to not have credits at the beginning of a film, in 1977 it was very unusual. See more »

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I'll Remember April
Written by Gene de Paul (uncredited), Patricia Johnston (uncredited) and Don Raye (uncredited)
Performed by Charlie Parker
Courtesy Verve Records
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Sorcerer
27 March 2004 | by (london) – See all my reviews

Firstly this is a great film, I've always thought that, even though the original Wages of Fear is my all time favourite film. Roy Scheider is at his best in Sorcerer, totally believable at all times, if ever a man deserved a gong it was Roy.

A question: 1.How many versions of this film are there? I've seen at least two: the US DVD (sadly just full frame and panned and scanned), and a perhaps longer TV version that was shown on UK TV circa 1981-82. The DVD starts with a close up of a stone statue, the TV version with a long helicopter shot over the jungle with Tangerine Dream's excellent score. The group are credited at the beginning in red titles. The TV version also has one of the oil bosses describe the area as the 'Devil's Asshole!' the endings are different as well (I won't mention what happens in either just in case you haven't seen the movie) Perhaps one day Billy Friedkin will re-release this film in a package that it deserves and Mark Kermode will have something to talk about apart from the Excorcist :)


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