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Sorcerer

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Director: William Friedkin, Roy Scheider, Bruno Cremer, Francisco Rabal

Cast: William Friedkin, Roy Scheider, Bruno Cremer, Francisco Rabal

     
 

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The plot of William Friedkin's suspense thriller originated with the same Georges Arnaud novel that inspired Henri-Georges Clouzot's French suspense classic The Wages of Fear (1953). Roy Scheider, Bruno Cremer, Francisco Rabal, and Amidou play four men who, for various reasons, cannot return to their own countries. They end up in a dismal South American town

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The plot of William Friedkin's suspense thriller originated with the same Georges Arnaud novel that inspired Henri-Georges Clouzot's French suspense classic The Wages of Fear (1953). Roy Scheider, Bruno Cremer, Francisco Rabal, and Amidou play four men who, for various reasons, cannot return to their own countries. They end up in a dismal South American town where an American oil company is seeking out courageous drivers willing to haul nitroglycerin over 200 miles of treacherous terrain. The four stateless men have nothing to lose -- and, besides, they'll be paid 10,000 dollars apiece, and be granted legal citizenship, if they survive. The suspense is almost unbearable at times, even outdistancing the tension level of The Wages of Fear in certain scenes. Sorcerer had all the earmarks of a moneymaker, but this picture bombed for a rather odd and silly reason: its glaringly inappropriate title. Fans of Friedkin's The Exorcist may have gone home disappointed that not one sorcerer ever rears its ugly head.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Costello
The decline of William Friedkin's career, one of the most dramatic of the past three decades, began with the box-office failure of this unjustly neglected thriller. Inspired by Clouzot's masterful Wages of Fear, the film tells the story of four amoral men trapped by fate in a godforsaken Nicaraguan town. Nearly broke, they accept an oil company's offer to drive two trucks full of nitroglycerine over treacherous roads for 10,000 dollars apiece. Friedkin dropped the existential overtones of the Clouzot film, which insisted on the characters' basic isolation, and instead, emphasized the way in which these four very different men, united only by their criminality, must overcome their worst instincts and work together to survive. The tension never slackens in the carefully paced thriller, which is made even more gripping by the kind of realism that the former documentarian brought to films like The French Connection (1971) and To Live and Die in L.A. (1984). All of the actors are solid in parts with limited character development, and the film is beautifully shot. Aside from its misleading title, to which many have attributed its failure, it may be that like To Live and Die in L.A., audiences found it difficult to sympathize with the unsavory characters.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/22/2014
UPC:
0883929387762
Original Release:
1977
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Home Video
Time:
2:01:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Roy Scheider Jackie Scanlon/"Juan Dominguez"
Bruno Cremer Victor Manzon/"Serrano"
Francisco Rabal Nilo
Ramon Bieri Corlette
Peter Capell Lartigue
Frederick Ledebur Carlos
Chico Martinez Bobby Del Rios
Karl John Angerman/"Marquez"
Frank Gio Marty
Randy Jurgensen Vinnie
Gerard Murphy Donnelly
Joe Spinell Spider
Amidou Kassem/"Martinez"
Jean-Luc Bideau Pascal
Gus Allegretti Carlo Ricci
Jacques Francois Lefevre
André Falcon Guillot
Anne Marie Descott Blanche
Ray Dittrich Ben
Nick Discenza Father Ricci

Technical Credits
William Friedkin Director,Producer
Newt Arnold Asst. Director
John Box Production Designer
Dick Bush Cinematographer
Gene de Paul Songwriter
Jean-Louis Ducarme Sound/Sound Designer
Buddy Ekins Stunts
Christopher Franke Score Composer
Bob Glass Sound/Sound Designer
Walon Green Screenwriter
Keith Jarrett Score Composer
Patricia Johnston Songwriter
Buzz Knudson Sound/Sound Designer
Bob Laing Set Decoration/Design
Robert Laing Set Decoration/Design
Robert Lambert Editor
John M. Norin Makeup
Bob Norin Makeup
Ben Nye Makeup
Anthony Powell Costumes/Costume Designer
Bud Smith Associate Producer,Editor
John M. Stephens Cinematographer
Tangerine Dream Score Composer
Dick Tyler Sound/Sound Designer
Roy Walker Art Director

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Sorcerer 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Imazon More than 1 year ago
This not a review, just a correction for the review by lym, the synthesizer score to SORCERER is not by Pink Floyd! Where did you get that from? It is by the German group Tangerine Dream which went on to score THIEF and LEGEND and other English-language films. Keith Jarret's "Spheres" also plays in the film.
lym More than 1 year ago
This remake based on a story about desperate men trying to transport a very dangerous explosive to stop a burning oil well stars Roy Scheider in the lead role. He is on the lam from a syndicate and finds himself in a remote south or central american village. There are others like him, running away from various complications and hoping to live a life of anonymity and safety. With no hope of landing a job where their skills can be used, these men sign on to a driving rickety trucks involving the delivery of nitroglycerin. Roads are unmaintained involving poorly marked routes and dangerous river crossings. William Friedkin, the director has a superb eye for character types as well as an insider's knowledge of the various lifestyles of the key players that range from a terrorist to a well respected businessman. Despite being a 'remake' this film has it's own identity superbly limned by Friedkin in his handling of scenes and the film's pace. The rock group 'Pink Floyd' did the score that matched the intensity and tension of the movie. The late Roy Scheider, who is often underrated as an actor handles his role with great depth and a pitch perfect sense of weariness and cynicism. The film is deeply engaging and the tension surrounding the road trip is unmatched. I can watch this film many times and see something new.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
The bridge footage in Sorcerer is outstanding , For anybody who has traveled the wild regions of south america , these scenes are starkly factual.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Excellent action , with breathtaking camera/location, super acting which cannot be found in movies of this type today.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an experience in entertainment for adventure and relaxing with a strong story of intrigue and emotion. Cliff hanger to the end. One of the greats.