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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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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 (theatrical title), Ireland (English title) (imdb display title), New Zealand (English title) (imdb display title), UK (theatrical 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:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Finland:K-16 | France:Tous publics | Ireland:12 (2017) | Netherlands:16 | Norway:16 | Sweden:15 | UK:15 (re-rating) (2017) | UK:AA (original rating) (1978) | USA:PG | West Germany:16

Did You Know?

Roy Scheider's then-wife, Cynthia Scheider, was an assistant film editor who had previously worked with Bud Smith on The Exorcist (1973). Since shooting the film required a prolonged stay in South America, the actor asked William Friedkin if she could stay with him and have a job in an editing capacity. The director fulfilled his wish and was reportedly "delighted".See more »
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
Scanlon:You read about this place in the travel brochures?
"Serrano":I heard it had a healthy climate.
Scanlon:Not what you expected though?
"Serrano":It was exactly what I expected!
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Spheres (Movement 3)See more »


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24 out of 36 people found the following review useful.
Sorcerer, 27 March 2004
Author: 24_frames from london

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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