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Walon Green (screenplay)
Georges Arnaud (novel)
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Release Date:
24 June 1977 (USA) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Just getting this one filmed was a huge accomplishment. See more (120 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:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

For the film's screening, Paramount and William Friedkin prepared specific instructions regarding music: they demanded a three-and-half-minute musical overture to be played prior to each screening, and prohibited any alterations to it.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
Nilo:Where are you from?
Scanlon:Listen Pancho, I've been clocking you every second you've been in this town. If you wanna pick your nose in this truck, you better clear it with me first, otherwise I'm taking you and this nitro right into a ditch!
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Referenced in A Decade Under the Influence (2003)See more »
Spheres (Movement 3)See more »


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45 out of 50 people found the following review useful.
Just getting this one filmed was a huge accomplishment., 28 October 2007
Author: TOMASBBloodhound from Omaha, NE USA

Friedkin claims this was the toughest film to make of his career, and it isn't hard to see why. The balance of this film takes place in some woe begotten Latin American country. You can just feel the poverty and desperation in the air as the only work is for an oil drilling firm who doesn't exactly seem bent on worker safety. The elements are intentionally brutal and they only add to the tension. And thats even before this story really gets going.

Early on, we are introduced to four characters who are all guilty of doing something terrible in one corner of the world or another. Roughly a half hour into the film, all four find themselves in a tiny impoverished Latin American village trying to eek out a living and forget the troubles they left behind. Not only is the local economy weak, but the place is socially on the verge of revolution. It's amazing the kind of jobs men will volunteer for to get out of these circumstances. Anyway, these four men are given the chance of transporting some highly explosive dynamite through rugged terrain in crappy old trucks so it can be used to put out a massive oil fire some 200 miles away. It is noted by one of the men that more than enough explosives are being transported. Obviously, at least one of the trucks is not expected to make it! Not only do you have an explosive cargo with unreliable trucks, but also there are armed rebels along the way who probably won't just let you pass right on through. Still, the reward for completing this job is just too much to pass on.

The film is very, very good. In fact the skill that it took to make the film is responsible for most of the stars I'm giving it. The story itself is often just not believable. The journey these four men take is ludicrously perilous. They drive their vehicles over rickety bridges that nobody in real life would have tried to get over in those trucks. Like in other Friedken films, no character is completely likable, but that only makes it tougher to figure out who will live and who will die. There are a few nice twists here and there, right up to the very end to keep you guessing. The acting is exceptional. Scheider was Friedkin's fourth or fifth choice for the main character. Steve McQueen originally wanted it badly, but he demanded a part included for then wife Ali McGraw. Friedkin balked at this and then later regretted the decision. He later stated that he never thought Scheider was a good enough leading man. This is an error, however. Scheider is a terrific actor and his performance here is outstanding.

The film bombed badly at the box office. Heck, if you weren't in line to see Star Wars that year, you were in line to see Smokey and the Bandit! This is definitely one of Friedkin's best, and it has somehow almost been completely forgotten. The film apparently got a PG rating but it is filled with violence and all manner of evil goings on. You'll have to suspend your disbelief for some of the scenes, but you'll be glad you did. I'll give it 8 of 10 stars.

The Hound.

Added Feb 14, 2008: RIP Roy Scheider!

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