Sorcerer

Sorcerer

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Director: William Friedkin

Cast: 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 townSee more details below

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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.

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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:
08/05/2014
UPC:
0883929426089
Original Release:
1977
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Time:
2:01:00
Sales rank:
1,465

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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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Sorcerer
1. Scene 1 [1:26]
2. Scene 2 [5:08]
3. Scene 3 [9:33]
4. Scene 4 [8:01]
5. Scene 5 [15:58]
6. Scene 6 [6:20]
7. Scene 7 [:54]
8. Scene 8 [4:30]
9. Scene 9 [2:59]
10. Scene 10 [8:26]
11. Scene 11 [5:17]
12. Scene 12 [7:01]
13. Scene 13 [10:46]
14. Scene 14 [14:43]
15. Scene 15 [2:12]
16. Scene 16 [3:46]
17. Scene 17 [6:50]
18. Scene 18 [4:23]

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