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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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'Marquez'
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'Carlos' (as Fredrick Ledebur)
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Bobby Del Rios (as Chico Martinez)
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Spider
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Richard Holley ...
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Blanche (as Anne Marie Descott)
Jean-Luc Bideau ...
Pascal
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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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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

Gerard Murphy, who portrayed the head of the Irish gang during the Elizabeth church robbery, was a real-life criminal involved in a similar heist. William Friedkin utilized details from Murphy's stories and used them as an inspiration. The remaining members of the gang were "nonactors but part of Gerry's world", including one IRA member. See more »

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One of the soldiers killed by Nilo is seen breathing and moving after dead. See more »

Quotes

[after he has just killed Marquez]
Nilo: When the money's up, I'm just as good as any of you.
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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 »


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I'll Remember April
Written by Gene de Paul (uncredited), Patricia Johnston (uncredited) and Don Raye (uncredited)
Performed by Charlie Parker
Courtesy Verve Records
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The Essence of Film Storytelling
8 December 2003 | by See all my reviews

After _The French Connection_ and _The Exorcist_, William Friedkin made it three masterpieces in a row with this remake of the French classic _Wages of Fear_. As an exercise in pure cinematic storytelling, _Sorcerer_ may be the best film of the three Friedkin greats.

Structurally similar to the other two of his films, and working from a tough, bare-bones Walon Green script, Friedkin gives us all the back story we need in the first reel. Once the characters are brought together in the South American jungle, the film grabs you and doesn't let go until the final frame. The viewing experience is supremely visceral. You literally feel the tension as the four major characters and their two trucks loaded with nitro encounter and attempt to overcome the elements and some very rough terrain. Each scene is its own brilliant set piece. The film would work well as a silent movie, but the sound design and Tangerine Dream's musical score in themselves are among the film's towering achievements right along with the direction, cinematography and production design.

I'm perhaps the only one not put off by the film's allegedly inappropriate title. On the contrary, I think the title adds an element of mystery to the story -- as if trouble is being concocted by an unseen force acting upon the film's morally dubious main characters. It gives a demonic personality to the confluence of fate and dumb luck. The title also serves to give the film some added distance from the very fine Clouzot original.

The performances are all first-rate, if economic, and Roy Scheider stands out with some real tough-guy charisma. He also gets to wear the coolest hat this side of Gene Hackman's porkpie derby in _The French Connection_.


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