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Sorcerer (1977)

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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Jackie Scanlon - 'Juan Dominguez'
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Nilo
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Kassem - 'Martinez'
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Corlette
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Lartigue
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'Marquez'
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'Carlos' (as Fredrick Ledebur)
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Bobby Del Rios (as Chico Martinez)
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Spider
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Agrippa
Richard Holley ...
Billy White
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Blanche (as Anne Marie Descott)
Jean-Luc Bideau ...
Pascal
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Lefevre (as Jacques Francois)
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Storyline

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.

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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

The eerie background sound at the bridge crossings, greatly subdued because of storm noise, was a sound effect used in several episodes of The Outer Limits (1963). See more »

Goofs

In the wide shots of the trucks crossing the bridge you can see the tow cables/anchor lines to the bridge going in and out of the water as the bridge rocks back and forth. See more »

Quotes

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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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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Referenced in Thief: Truth-Telling Style: Michael Mann on 'Thief' (2014) See more »

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String Quartet in F major
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Music by Maurice Ravel
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In Many Ways, Superior to Wages of Fear
20 March 2004 | by (nyc, ny) – See all my reviews

Friedkin's unacknowledged masterpiece is clearly superior in the 1st and 2nd acts as he gives superb backdrops into the individual stories of the main protagonists. When we see them in the 2nd act, amidst the grit and grime of a backwater Latin American nation, we understand the desperation that would have led them to such a place.

The seering reality of the depravity they now live in was much more effective in Friedkin's movie. You don't expect to see a gorgeous hooker in this environment, unlike the unrealistic Wages of Fear. Oddly enough, Wages of Fear is actually much more Holly-wood like in its storytelling than Sorcerer.

Mind you, I do like Wages of Fear and actually thought it was a great movie, but I have to revise my opinion after seeing a movie that actually does it right.

Congrats, Friedkin.


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