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Walon Green (screenplay)
Georges Arnaud (novel)
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Release Date:
24 June 1977 (USA) See more »
Die "Really" Hard See more »
Four unfortunate men from different parts of the globe agree to risk their lives transporting gallons of nitroglycerin across dangerous South American jungle. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. Another 2 nominations See more »
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Original Is Good, This Is Better See more (118 total) »


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Roy Scheider ... Jackie Scanlon - 'Juan Dominguez'

Bruno Cremer ... Victor Manzon - 'Serrano'

Francisco Rabal ... Nilo

Amidou ... 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)
André Falcon ... Guillot
Gerard Murphy ... Donnelly
Desmond Crofton ... Boyle
Henry Diamond ... Murray
Ray Dittrich ... Ben
Frank Gio ... Marty

Randy Jurgensen ... Vinnie
Cosmo Allegretti ... Carlo Ricci (as Gus Allegretti)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nick Discenza ... Father Ricci (uncredited)

Frank Pesce ... Married Man (uncredited)
Tom Signorelli ... Bystander (uncredited)

Directed by
William Friedkin 
Writing credits
Walon Green (screenplay)

Georges Arnaud (novel "The Wages of Fear")

Produced by
William Friedkin .... producer
Bud S. Smith .... associate producer (as Bud Smith)
Original Music by
Tangerine Dream 
Cinematography by
Dick Bush 
John M. Stephens 
Film Editing by
Robert K. Lambert (co-editor)
Bud S. Smith  (as Bud Smith)
Production Design by
John Box 
Art Direction by
Roy Walker 
Set Decoration by
Robert W. Laing  (as Bob Laing)
Costume Design by
Anthony Powell 
Makeup Department
Verne Caruso .... hair stylist
John Norin .... makeup artist
Robert Norin .... makeup artist (as Bob Norin)
Ben Nye Jr. .... makeup artist
Production Management
Roberto Bakker .... production manager
Patrick Gordon .... unit production manager
Gerard Murphy .... unit manager
Roni Ya'ackov .... production manager: Israel (as Rony Yacov)
Bob Larson .... production executive: Universal & Paramount (uncredited)
Lindsley Parsons Jr. .... executive production manager: Paramount (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Newt Arnold .... first assistant director (as Newton Arnold)
Miguel Gil .... first assistant director
Mark Johnson .... second assistant director
Albert M. Shapiro .... second assistant director (as Al Shapiro)
Bud S. Smith .... second unit director (as Bud Smith)
Art Department
John Alvin .... poster artist
Barry Bedig .... property master
Leslie Tomkins .... draftsman
Sound Department
Gary Alexander .... supervising sound re-recording mixer: stereo version
Allan Bromberg .... assistant: sound editor
Charles L. Campbell .... supervising sound editor
Larry Carow .... sound editor
Jean-Louis Ducarme .... sound
Robert Glass .... sound effects editor
Robert Knudson .... re-recording mixer
Aaron Levy .... re-recording mixer (remastered version)
Aaron Levy .... sound design & mixing (remastered version)
Dennis Maitland .... sound mixer
Colin C. Mouat .... sound editor
Jean-Paul Mugel .... boom operator
James Perdue .... boom operator
Roger Sword .... sound editor
Special Effects by
Tony Parmelee .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Marv Ystrom .... optical effects
Bud Ekins .... stunt coordinator
Nick Dimitri .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Pat Blymyer .... lighting gaffer (as Patrick R. Blymyer)
Shaun O'Dell .... clapper loader
Bernie Schwartz .... grip
Michael Simpson .... assistant camera
Ronald Vidor .... camera operator
Ronald Vidor .... underwater cinematographer
Mike Weathers .... best boy electric
Editorial Department
Bryan McMahan .... colorist: remastering
M. Scott Smith .... apprentice film editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Robert K. Lambert .... music editor
Scott Mathews .... music effects
Ron Nagle .... music effects
Tangerine Dream .... music performer
Transportation Department
Steve Bonner .... driver mechanic
Gene Clinesmith .... transportation co-captain
Alberto Gutierrez .... transportation co-captain
Salvador Gutiérrez .... transportation captain (as Salvador Gutierrez)
Hugh Kelly .... transportation dispatcher
Ricardo Gallarzo Jr. .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
John Franco .... script supervisor
Hugh Kelly .... dispatcher
Toni St. Clair Lilly .... secretary to the director
Luis Llosa .... assistant to director
Mickey Knox .... dialogue coach (uncredited)
Henri-Georges Clouzot .... dedicatee (as H.G. Clouzot)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Wages of Fear" - , Australia (imdb display title), Ireland (English title) (imdb display title), New Zealand (English title) (imdb display title), UK (imdb display title)
"The Wages of Fear" - Europe (English title) (imdb display title), USA (alternative title)
"Wages of Fear" - Japan (English title) (imdb display title)
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121 min | 92 min (international version)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Paul Newman turned down the leading role.See more »
Revealing mistakes: One of the soldiers killed by Nilo is seen breathing and moving after dead.See more »
Corlette:[Corlette is observing Scanlon's truck-driving technique] Teamsters?
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Il solitario (2008)See more »
Spheres (Movement 3)See more »


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74 out of 110 people found the following review useful.
Original Is Good, This Is Better, 31 October 2005
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States

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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