A gangster, a crooked banker, a hitman and an arab terrorist are stranded and on the run in a small village in South America. Their only chance of escape is to drive two trucks filled with unstable nitroglycerin up a long and rocky mountain road in order to plug an escalating oil refinery blaze. With their deadly cargo likely to explode at the slightest bump, the four men must put aside their differences and work together to survive.
In a 1977 interview for The New York Times, Roy Scheider said that shooting the film "made Jaws (1975) look like a picnic." He mentioned that the stuntmen were unhappy because of the fact the leading actors performed their own stunts, and added that the scene involving crossing a suspension rope bridge is "what really happened". Said scene was also, according to him, the most perilous sequence he has ever taken part in. See more »
One of the soldiers killed by Nilo is seen breathing and moving after dead. See more »
[Discussing using a helicopter to transport the nitro]
Well, what do you think?
Well the main problem is the vibration. This thing is like a damn egg-beater, no matter how we shock mount something it'll still have a severe lateral vibration.
I thought maybe you could swingload it on a pallet.
About twenty feet down there'd be no vibration, but then the problem is turbulence, you might move it a half mile that way but not 200, never had a flight around here without some turbulence.
What are you ...
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At the end of the film as the last of the end credits scroll up, the music fades away and is replaced by the sound of an idling truck. See more »
An underrated film with a typically stellar Roy Scheider performance, an eerie Tangerine Dream soundtrack, and brilliant visuals. This film's reputation suffers from its inexplicable title and unfavorable comparisons to the original. But it's useless to compare since this film is an altogether different beast. Friedkin gives it his usual nihilist/fatalist/existential stamp, making it a much darker film than the French version. Very suspenseful and well-made. Made by Friedkin at the height of his powers. His third best film after Exorcist and French Connection.
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