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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.


William Friedkin


Walon Green (screenplay), Georges Arnaud (novel)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Roy Scheider ... Scanlon / '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 Chico Martínez ... Bobby Del Rios (as Chico Martinez)
Joe Spinell ... Spider
Rosario Almontes ... Agrippa
Richard Holley Richard Holley ... Billy White
Anne-Marie Deschodt ... Blanche (as Anne Marie Descott)
Jean-Luc Bideau ... Pascal
Jacques François ... Lefevre (as Jacques Francois)


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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Did You Know?


William Friedkin personally met with Henri-Georges Clouzot, director of the original film The Wages of Fear (1953), to get his approval to remake the film. See more »


One of the soldiers killed by Nilo is seen breathing and moving after dead. 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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Crazy Credits

The only opening credits at the beginning of the film are the studios' names followed by the film's graffiti style font title. Although by the late 1990's it was quite common to not have credits at the beginning of a film, in 1977 it was very unusual. See more »

Alternate Versions

The European version of the film was re-edited and shortened by CIC, the European distributor, without director William Friedkin's permission. The prologue sequences set in New York, Paris, Vera Cruz and Israel that show what happened to the main characters and why they had to flee to South America, were changed to flashbacks running throughout the film. See more »


References The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) See more »


Spheres (Movement 3)
Performed by Keith Jarrett
Used under license from Polydor Incorporated and through the courtesy of ECM Records
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User Reviews

astonishing jungle thriller...
1 October 2011 | by ptb-8See all my reviews

Before MAD MAX 1 and 2 and before APOCALYPSE NOW came William Friedkin's utterly terrifying remake of THE WAGES OF FEAR called SORCERER. Many similar images and human themes came up in those latter films first explored in this truly visceral truck and jungle thriller. I saw it in a cinema a few years ago with Freidkin present as host and with a terrific Q&A session afterward. The full 121 minute version not seen in 1977 in its 93 min form (Leave off reels 1 and 2). Seen on a big screen and in proper widescreen SORCERER was a gripping revelation. Thoughts of scenes and images lifted into the MAD MAXs and APOCALYPSE NOW also became noticed. However it is the utter reality of the filming location and the overwhelming nightmare concept and visuals of the truck trek through the hell of the wet jungle, climaxing in the most startling stunt work on a suspension bridge with both trucks creaking they way across rotten logs with a torrent river below that literally had grown men in the audience gasping in sheer horror. This is a monumental film and I can see why it cost $22m. Roy Schieder proves again why he was a great and reliable actor. If you can see SORCERER as a film in cinema you will appreciate it's full scope. Outrageously and insulting is the DVD which is a square screen cropping and should be binned until the blu ray comes out in full terror splendour.

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Release Date:

24 June 1977 (USA) See more »

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Box Office


$22,000,000 (estimated)

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