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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.

Director:

William Friedkin

Writers:

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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 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)
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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish | French | German

Release Date:

24 June 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Wages of Fear See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,000,000, 31 December 1977
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Quotes

Scanlon: Where am I going?
Vinnie: All I can say is it's a good place to lay low.
Scanlon: Why?
Vinnie: It's the kind of place nobody wants to go looking.
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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 »

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Referenced in A Decade Under the Influence (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

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

Lost Classic
1 December 2002 | by DB-08-DBSee all my reviews

Sorcerer is a unique, brutal, brilliant film burdened underneath a terrible, wholly unappropriate title. Watching this film, it is not only easy to see why the film was both a huge financial and commercial disaster, it is downright obvious. This is the most un-american/ hollywood/ commercial film backed by a major studio I have ever seen. It is a tough, gruelling 126 minutes that goes nowhere fast, yet holds you firm in its tight grip and beats you senseless throughout. I was exhausted when the film finally arrived at it's rather downbeat ending. The multi-national cast is faultless. Scheider is magnificent. This is an exceptionally demanding, difficult role and he hits it head on, creating an anti-hero who is very, very real: desperate, frightened and desructable. Taking this role, at the height of his fame, was either very brave or very stupid. I'm going with brave. His performance here is a million miles away from his work on Jaws and Jaws 2, yet equally compelling. The photography is in a league of it's own (I only wish the DVD came with an original 2:35:1 print, assuming there is one, as the current disc is presented in a 4:3 full frame), and the music from Tangerine Dream complements the vision perfectly. This is a brilliant piece of film making from the most daring decade of cinema, made by one of cinema's true unpredictable's. Tense, dazzling, dark and fresh, this is an underated film that deserves to be re-evaluated.


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