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5.0 out of 5 stars 4 desperate men and two trucks called Sorcerer and Lazaro carrying a cargo of tempestuous explosives.
Sorcerer is directed by William Friedkin and adapted to the screen by Waldo Green from Georges Arnaud's novel Le Salaire de la peur (The Wages of Fear). It stars Roy Scheider, Bruno Cremer, Francisco Raba and Amidou. Music is scored by Tangerine Dream and cinematography by John M. Stephens and Dick Bush.

It bombed famously at the cinema, was a location shoot...
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3.0 out of 5 stars A good place to lay low....
A group of outcasts from different backgrounds/nationalities are forced by misfortune to work in a remote drilling operation in South America.

When fire breaks out of control, four of the outcasts are given the opportunity to earn enough money to get out by transporting six crates of unstable dynamite through miles of jungle in two ancient trucks...
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3.0 out of 5 stars A good place to lay low...., 21 Jan. 2014
A group of outcasts from different backgrounds/nationalities are forced by misfortune to work in a remote drilling operation in South America.

When fire breaks out of control, four of the outcasts are given the opportunity to earn enough money to get out by transporting six crates of unstable dynamite through miles of jungle in two ancient trucks.

Will they succeed and regain their honour and citizenship, or die for their efforts?....

Friedkin in my opinion is a genius. Yes, he has had a few blips (The Guardian, The Hunted), but for fifty decades, he has made some really exciting and important movies.

The seventies: The Exorcist and The French Connection.

The Eighties: Cruising and To Live and Dies in LA.

The Nineties: Jade was okay

The Noughties: Bug

This decade gave us Killer Joe.

Sorcerer is a very different kind of film. Like Apocalypse Now, it's one mans journey against the impossible, and the casting of Schieder is very good, and i'm glad Eastwood and Nicholson were busy, as this would have been an entire different movie.

The first two acts are a perfect build up for the honey pot here, the moving of the explosive material to another place, and in one scene, Fitzcarraldo comes to mind, with the bridge and the truck.

It's all tense psychedelic stuff, with deleted footage featured in flashbacks, and a really gritty feel to it.

It's the the anti Convoy, and seeing it was rated PG originally just makes the whole thing more bonkers.

Not a classic, but interesting.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rip Roaring tale of derring do, 22 Mar. 2010
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Paul Morris "Unclemo" (Ventnor ,England) - See all my reviews
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I had seen the Wages of Fear prior to this and was keen to compare this with that BW early 50's movie. I thought this was equal to it but not better.The score was sublime the photography excellent and the locations were perfect.
As an old fashioned kinda guy who likes his movies straightforward and well acted this was right up my street.The bridge crossing scene will live in my mind forever.Why this has never been done for Region 2 escapes me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unjustly Maligned!, 17 Feb. 2015
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Unjustly maligned, Friedkin's uncompromising film stands on its own as an alternate take on the same material as the classic H.G Clouzot film with Yves Montand. Compared to most modern films, I found this like a breath of fresh air and I was gripped from beginning to end - even though I knew the story. Friedkin has a great eye and the film is full of striking imagery and Warner's Blu-Ray transfer is excellent quality.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A gem, absolutely amazing footage, 3 Jun. 2011
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Once in a while you'll unearth a gem - this is one of thEM

A stunning film, slated for being a remake of Wages of Fear but this film stands out by itself the story takes time to get goin but once it does its one amazing ride all the way to the final scene.

Not for everyone granted, its no an easy film on the viewer, its one for the more discernible palate.

...you have been warned
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 1 July 2014
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Very good video quality. The only little defect it's that there's not any extra.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 30 Jun. 2014
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master piece
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5.0 out of 5 stars Apocalypse Now with Trucks !!!, 5 July 2013
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This is a special movie, a negelcted masterpiece of 70s character driven film making. Releasing a film like this after Star Wars, it was doomed to fail. Fortunately time has been very kind to Sorcerer and although I have not seen The Wages Of Fear, this stands out alone as a classic.
The Tangerine Dream soundtrack is amazing, Roy Scheider is superb and Friedkin's is one of the best directors around. The Jungle setting is like Apoclaypse Now; in my opinon. This is not a commercial film, it is a directors film and this is further proof that the 1970s was the golden age of cinema.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great film, 21 July 2011
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This film is so often overlooked - but it's really pretty darned good. It's tense, well-acted and contains what in my mind is one of the best rickety bridge scenes in this history of cinema.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant. Friedkin's third masterpiece, 3 Oct. 2014
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Brilliant. Friedkin's third masterpiece. Roy Scheider's best work. Taut from start to finish
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 6 Dec. 2014
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You don't need computer graphics to make a great movie!
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