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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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  • Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 nominations.
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Jackie Scanlon - 'Juan Dominguez'
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Victor Manzon - 'Serrano'
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Nilo
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Kassem - 'Martinez'
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Corlette
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Lartigue
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'Marquez'
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'Carlos' (as Fredrick Ledebur)
Chico Martínez ...
Bobby Del Rios (as Chico Martinez)
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Spider
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Agrippa
Richard Holley ...
Billy White
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Blanche (as Anne Marie Descott)
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Pascal
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Lefevre (as Jacques Francois)
André Falcon ...
Guillot
Gerard Murphy ...
Donnelly
Desmond Crofton ...
Boyle
Henry Diamond ...
Murray
Ray Dittrich ...
Ben
Frank Gio ...
Marty
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Vinnie
Cosmo Allegretti ...
Carlo Ricci (as Gus Allegretti)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nick Discenza ...
Father Ricci (uncredited)
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Married Man (uncredited)
Tom Signorelli ...
Bystander (uncredited)

Directed by

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William Friedkin

Written by

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Walon Green ... (screenplay)
 
Georges Arnaud ... (novel "The Wages of Fear")

Produced by

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William Friedkin ... producer
Bud S. Smith ... associate producer (as Bud Smith)

Music by

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Tangerine Dream

Cinematography by

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Dick Bush
John M. Stephens

Film Editing by

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Robert K. Lambert ... co-editor
Bud S. Smith ... (as Bud Smith)

Editorial Department

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M. Scott Smith ... apprentice film editor (uncredited)

Production Design by

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John Box

Art Direction by

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Roy Walker

Set Decoration by

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Robert W. Laing ... (as Bob Laing)

Costume Design by

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Anthony Powell

Makeup Department

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Verne Caruso ... hair stylist
John Norin ... makeup artist
Robert Norin ... makeup artist (as Bob Norin)
Ben Nye Jr. ... makeup artist

Production Management

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Roberto Bakker ... production manager
Patrick Gordon ... unit production manager
Gerard Murphy ... unit manager
Roni Ya'ackov ... production manager: Israel (as Rony Yacov)
Bob Larson ... production executive: Universal & Paramount (uncredited)
Lindsley Parsons Jr. ... executive production manager: Paramount (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Newt Arnold ... first assistant director (as Newton Arnold)
Miguel Gil ... first assistant director
Mark Johnson ... second assistant director
Albert M. Shapiro ... second assistant director (as Al Shapiro)
Bud S. Smith ... second unit director (as Bud Smith)

Art Department

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John Alvin ... poster artist
Barry Bedig ... property master
Dave Coldham ... Head plasterer: Dominican Republic
Leslie Tomkins ... draftsman
Ken Pattenden ... construction coordinator (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Gary Alexander ... supervising sound re-recording mixer: stereo version
Allan Bromberg ... assistant: sound editor
Charles L. Campbell ... supervising sound editor
Larry Carow ... sound editor
Jean-Louis Ducarme ... sound
Robert Glass ... sound effects editor
Robert Knudson ... re-recording mixer
Aaron Levy ... re-recording mixer / sound design & mixing
Dennis Maitland ... sound mixer
Colin C. Mouat ... sound editor
Jean-Paul Mugel ... boom operator
James Perdue ... boom operator
Roger Sword ... sound editor

Special Effects by

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Tony Parmelee ... special effects

Visual Effects by

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Marv Ystrom ... optical effects

Stunts

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Bud Ekins ... stunt coordinator
Nick Dimitri ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Pat Blymyer ... lighting gaffer (as Patrick R. Blymyer)
Shaun O'Dell ... clapper loader
Bernie Schwartz ... grip
Michael Simpson ... assistant camera
Ronald Vidor ... camera operator / underwater cinematographer
Mike Weathers ... best boy electric

Music Department

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Robert K. Lambert ... music editor
Scott Mathews ... music effects
Ron Nagle ... music effects
Tangerine Dream ... music performer

Transportation Department

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Steve Bonner ... driver mechanic
Gene Clinesmith ... transportation co-captain
Alberto Gutierrez ... transportation co-captain
Salvador Gutiérrez ... transportation captain (as Salvador Gutierrez)
Hugh Kelly ... transportation dispatcher
Ricardo Gallarzo Jr. ... driver (uncredited)

Other crew

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John Franco ... script supervisor
Hugh Kelly ... dispatcher
Toni St. Clair Lilly ... secretary to the director
Luis Llosa ... assistant to director
Mickey Knox ... dialogue coach (uncredited)
Dan Perri ... title designer: main title (uncredited)

Thanks

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Henri-Georges Clouzot ... dedicatee (as H.G. Clouzot)

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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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Also Known As
  • The Wages of Fear (United States)
  • Wages of Fear (Ireland, English title)
  • The Wages of Fear (Europe, English title)
  • Wages of Fear (Japan, English title)
  • Wages of Fear (New Zealand, English title)
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Runtime
  • 121 min
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Budget $12,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Director William Friedkin initially wanted Steve McQueen to star in the film. McQueen accepted the part, but on one condition--he wanted a co-starring role for his then wife, Ali MacGraw. Friedkin would not accept his conditions, and McQueen dropped out of the film. Friedkin later went on record, regretting not accepting McQueen's conditions. He tried to get Clint Eastwood or Jack Nicholson, but neither wanted to travel at that time. He stated that casting Roy Scheider in the lead was the worst casting decision he has ever made. Although he felt Scheider is a good actor who did a great job, he is only interesting in a film as a "second or third banana, he's not a star." Amidou, who played the Arab Kassem/"Martinez", was Friedkin's only real first choice--all the other actors were "fourth, fifth and even sixth choices." See more »
Goofs When Sorcerer is attempting to cross the dilapidated wooden bridge, a shot of the outermost log falling away is used twice. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Take 2: Overlooked Classics: Great Movies of the 70's That Nearly Everybody Missed (1980). See more »
Soundtracks Spheres (Movement 3) See more »
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 »
Quotes Scanlon: [Nilo has been shot] What're you gonna do with all that money, you hump? Talk to me! What're you gonna do?
Nilo: Get... laid! Best whore in Managua!
Scanlon: Two whores! Two best whores in Managua!
Nilo: You do it. For me.
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