Sorcerer

Sorcerer

DVD - 1998
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MPAA rating: PG.
Four men must transport a dangerous cargo of nitroglycerine over treacherous terrain in order to stop an oil fire.

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rufus_red4 Dec 23, 2014

I found the film a little difficult to follow in the opening sequences filmed in Israel and Paris and the international actors accents are quite strong. Still, you have to give Friedkin credit for the daring he shows in his filmmaking. Extraordinary to know that the actors performed most of the stunts and they are scary!

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Wenchettefound
Oct 18, 2014

This is a movie you "experience"...while watching it...absolutely riveting!!...Had seen it many years ago...when it first was released...and was SO delighted to be able to do so again...Roy Scheider looms as a giant on the screen...Hang on to your hats, folks...it's going to be one helluva ride!

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lukasevansherman
Aug 05, 2014

The common narrative of the 70s is that iconoclastic, innovative directors (Scorsese, Altman, Coppola, Ashby) were given creative control and movies that were both popular and artistic ("The Godfather," "Chinatown") flourished. And then "Jaws" and "Star Wars" came along, created the summer blockbuster, and ruined everything. It's a little simplistic and it ignores that many of the decade's signature directors had major flops, from Scorsese ("New York, New York") to Coppola ("One From the Heart") to Michael Cimino ("Heaven's Gate"). William Friedkin directed two of the decade's biggest movies, "The French Connection" and "The Exorcist," and then went off the rails with this remake of the classic French thriller "The Wages of Fear." It went over budget, had production problems, and was not a box office success (sounds a little similar to "Apocalypse Now"), but has come in for reevaluation in recent years, esp. with a Friedkin-approved blu-ray (sadly, the library does not have a copy). It is hard to compare with the great "Wages of Fear," but this is quite a good film on its own merits and unlike so many thrillers/action films made today. For those who have seen the original, they'll notice the prologue at the beginning which gives background to all the men. It's not bad, but I like how the original just drops you in the middle of this squalid, jungle town without much context. Friedkin originally wanted Steve McQueen for the lead, who insisted that Ali McGraw have a part too. As much as I like McQueen he had too much star power for the role and Roy Scheider makes a more believable everydude caught in desperate circumstances. Some of the truck setpieces are still breathtaking. Both versions are well worth watching and succeed for different reasons. Score by Tangerine Dream.

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okrah
Oct 02, 2013

Superior cinematography to the original "The Wages of Fear", but not better overall.

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