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Sorcerer (1977)

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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.

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jackie Scanlon - 'Juan Dominguez'
... Victor Manzon - 'Serrano'
... Nilo
... Kassem - 'Martinez'
... Corlette
... Lartigue
... 'Marquez'
... 'Carlos' (as Fredrick Ledebur)
Chico Martínez ... Bobby Del Rios (as Chico Martinez)
... Spider
... Agrippa
Richard Holley ... Billy White
... Blanche (as Anne Marie Descott)
Jean-Luc Bideau ... Pascal
... 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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Four men...outlaws thrown together by fate...share a fantastic adventure and risk the only thing they have left to lose. See more »


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PG | See all certifications »

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24 June 1977 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Wages of Fear  »

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Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,000,000, 31 December 1977
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

William Friedkin chose Dick Bush as his director of photography after seeing Tommy (1975) and after finding out that Bush had filmed Gustav Mahler's biography as well as collaborated with Lindsay Anderson, whom Friedkin regarded highly. 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

[Discussing using a helicopter to transport the nitro]
Corlette: Well, what do you think?
Billy White: Well the main problem is the vibration. This thing is like a damn egg-beater, no matter how we shock mount something it'll still have a severe lateral vibration.
Corlette: I thought maybe you could swingload it on a pallet.
Billy White: About twenty feet down there'd be no vibration, but then the problem is turbulence, you might move it a half mile that way but not 200, never had a flight around here without some turbulence.
Corlette: What are you ...
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the film as the last of the end credits scroll up, the music fades away and is replaced by the sound of an idling truck. See more »

Connections

Remake of Robert Montgomery Presents: Wages of Fear (1954) See more »

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String Quartet in F major
(uncredited)
Music by Maurice Ravel
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Original Is Good, This Is Better
31 October 2005 | by See all my reviews

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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