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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 Latin 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 ... 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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Die "Really" Hard See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

Cinematographer Dick Bush found William Friedkin so demanding and difficult to work with that he left the film halfway through. Friedkin used second unit cinematographer John M. Stephens for the remaining production. Both received screen credit. See more »

Goofs

The monetary amount paid to the drivers is inconsistent throughout the film. The oil company first says they will pay "8,000 pesos to each driver". The driver's later demand double that amount (which would be 16,000 pesos). Later when Scanlon crosses the rope bridge he boasts that the two of them will get "double shares of 20,000 apiece" (double shares would actually be 32,000 apiece). At the end, Scanlon is given a check for 40,000 Dollars. See more »

Quotes

Scanlon: You wanna tell me where I'm going?
Vinnie: I swear to Christ I don't know.
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Crazy Credits

In the end credits, Roy Scheider isn't even listed. All the other main actors are there but not Scheider. 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 »

Connections

Remake of The Wages of Fear (1953) 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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this film is called what?
1 February 2015 | by digs5446See all my reviews

More than anything this was a fascinating watch, coupled with reading the IMDb trivia afterward as well as the letter from William Friedkin that came with the Warner Blu-Ray package.

Definitely a bit of a time capsule action/suspense movie, much more drawn out and methodical than anything you'd see today. One to struggle with exposition that doesn't slap me in the face with explicit clarity I found the first act a slog, even if theatrically beautiful.

In keeping with the '70s fascination with the anti-hero, not one character in Sorcerer is remotely likable, which works for the gritty, existential, survivalist tone of the film. The Tangerine Dream score was so far ahead of its time; I thought it was an early '80s film rather than one made in 1976. It might have seemed jarringly misplaced for the film's visuals and geographic setting but hey, it's Tangerine flipping Dream.

Warner's restoration of the print and the soundtrack is absolutely phenomenal, the latter mainly evident in the numerous explosions and storm-drenched bridge crossing scenes. From what it sounds, the production was a grueling nightmare fraught with setbacks and resulted in a financial bust ($21b production budget, $9b box office take). I just wish we had a commentary and some extras on the disc, even if just retrospective interviews.


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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:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,972
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono | 4-Track Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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