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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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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?

Due to the delays caused by the extensive jungle shooting (including a hurricane that wiped out a set) the original $15-million budget rose to $21 million.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When Sorcerer is attempting to cross the dilapidated wooden bridge, a shot of the outermost log falling away is used twice.See more »
Corlette:[Corlette is observing Scanlon's truck-driving technique] Teamsters?
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Referenced in Cold Sweat (2010)See more »
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33 out of 39 people found the following review useful.
unforgettable, 28 February 2004
Author: ( from besançon, france

Being a huge fan of Friedkin,i wanted to see "sorcerer" for a long time;after several months of researches,at last,i could on an old videotape and ,immediately,it emerged as one of the best movies i've ever seen.I must be one of the rare who don't consider it's title so inapropriate,even it's been chosen for obvious commercial reasons (the exorcist/the sorcerer).The sorcerer,it's this fate which gathers 4 men of 4 different countries together;they have nothing in common but will be obliged to collaborate for the same reason;it's too an evil nature which,a little bit like in "deliverance",seems to make everything it cans to make the mission fail.There's a subtext ,"man vs nature",which, from Friedkin's words,was wanted from the beginning,and that,to my mind, considerably enhances the film. The systematic comparisons between the 52's version and this one don't appear to me valuables;i prefer seeing it more as a second adaptation of Arnaud's novel than as a remake.In fact,it's much more close to "the treasure of the sierra madre": the painful irony of the ending and Scheider with his hat looks exactly like Bogart.According to me,even it's a good flick,the original version is very-too much?-faithful to the novel and so,quite easy to foresee (for instance,before the mission, one of the truck is sabotaged so we're sure it's gonna explode at a moment or another). One said,including Friedkin,it bombed the box-office because was no star like Steve mc Queen to attract the audience,but nothing is less sure;first of all,it's unfair for Roy Scheider who previously starred in "the french connection" and "jaws" and was quite famous and,then,it's above all a question of concept:the audience of 77 didn't want to see that kind of movie anymore,-pessimistic,ironic,with an all-male cast and unhappy ending,-and was rather ready to enjoy Lucas and Spielberg's movies. I could speak highly of its qualities for hours: cast and crew,the work on the sound,the Tangerine dream's score,the sequence of the bridge,the surreal atmosphere of the last scenes,but it's already been described in other comments;let's say it's a very special,precious and unforgettable film to me.Hoping now there will have in next months a beautiful dvd edition like those of "to live and die in L.A.",and a serious rehearsal.It deserves it.

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