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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.

Director:

William Friedkin

Writers:

Walon Green (screenplay), Georges Arnaud (novel)
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Cast

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)
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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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PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Mexico

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)

Gross USA:

$13,080,000, 31 December 1977

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$19,620,000, 31 December 1977
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (international)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Tangerine Dream wrote the musical score using only a draft of the script given to them by director William Friedkin. At no time did they see any actual footage of the film. See more »

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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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Spheres (Movement 3)
Performed by Keith Jarrett
Used under license from Polydor Incorporated and through the courtesy of ECM Records
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An Underrated Classic
29 August 2009 | by bluesman-20See all my reviews

The Story goes that when Sorcerer was released it was at a theatre where Star Wars was having an incredible Run selling out every night. When this movie was released there was lines around the block to see it and then in it's second week NOTHING! The movie died a horrible death at the box office and was alway relocated to the Heaven's Gate Orphanage for lost movies. Such a shame. Sorcerer is a mind blowing ride into desperation and horror. The Story is this four men who committed large crimes ranging from Fraud to armed robbery and outright terrorist attacks to cold blooded murder flee to a small south America country once there they struggle to survive. When an oil well explodes and the fire runs out of control the only option is dynamite to cap the well. But the dynamite is old and the nitro is leaking out making transport hard but not impossible. No one wants the job so they recruit 4 men our heroes in an manner of speaking take the job for a incredible amount of money They are given two trucks to repair and overhaul the trucks become main characters as well according to the movie novel they were abandoned army trucks left after WW2 and superstitious natives named them SORCERER and LAZLO . When the trucks are ready the journey itself proves to be the road to hell. one of the most famous scenes is where the Sorcerer truck is trying to cross the swing rope bridge during a harsh storm and the sorcerer almost does not make it that scene in it's entire sequence is a incredible feat of film making. Right to the end the suspense and the fear are kept up and Friedkin a master of this knows how to do this. The Story is excellent so is the acting all of whom should be more then proud to put this film on their resumes. Outstanding work by all.


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