Sorcerer

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Friedkin's remake of Clouzot's 1953 thriller, The Wages of Fear, at a cost of more than twenty million dollars, bombed spectacularly in the States. Even cut by almost thirty minutes for British release, the film's narrative of four desperate men trucking nitroglycerin through 300 miles of South American jungle advances at far too slow a pace to aspire to the suspense value of the original. Friedkin hints at political themes, but the film suffers most from condescendingly over-emphatic direction, and a generally tedious, relentless grimy realism in the opening half hour. One simply wonders what, say, Peckinpah might have made of it.

Release details

Duration: 121 mins

Cast and crew

Director: William Friedkin
Screenwriter: Walon Green
Cast: Roy Scheider
Bruno Crémer
Francisco Rabal
Amidou
Ramon Bieri
Peter Capell

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Jacob J

I gotta say this movie is something of a masterpiece and I'm kind of shocked that more people don't see that. An existential nightmare set in the most brutal of places... truly a remarkable and engaging film. I can't wait for a re-release.

Jacob J

I gotta say this movie is something of a masterpiece and I'm kind of shocked that more people don't see that. An existential nightmare set in the most brutal of places... truly a remarkable and engaging film. I can't wait for a re-release.

Dan Dean

One of the worst, disjointed, depressing, and generally bad films I have ever seen!!