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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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Bruno Cremer ...
Victor Manzon - 'Serrano'
Francisco Rabal ...
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)
Joe Spinell ...
Spider
Rosario Almontes ...
Agrippa
Richard Holley ...
Billy White
Anne-Marie Deschodt ...
Blanche (as Anne Marie Descott)
Jean-Luc Bideau ...
Pascal
Jacques François ...
Lefevre (as Jacques Francois)
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Storyline

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:

Wages of Fear  »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The film was originally to be titled "The Wages of Fear" from the original French film (The Wages of Fear (1953)) and novel. William Friedkin has stated that the strange title of this film refers to the evil wizard of fate. See more »

Goofs

The monetary amount paid to the drivers is inconsistent throughout the film. The oil company first says they will pay "8,000 pesos to each driver". The driver's later demand double that amount (which would be 16,000 pesos). Later when Scanlon crosses the rope bridge he boasts that the two of them will get "double shares of 20,000 apiece" (double shares would actually be 32,000 apiece). At the end, Scanlon is given a check for 40,000 Dollars. See more »

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Carlo Ricci: He robbed my church, shot my brother. I don't care where he is or what it costs. I want his ass.
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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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Version of Robert Montgomery Presents: Wages of Fear (1954) See more »

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Spheres (Movement 3)
Performed by Keith Jarrett
Used under license from Poludor Incorporated and through the courtesy of ECM 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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