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Category: Action/Adventure, Drama, Mystery/Noir/ThrillerNotable as: DramaSub-Category: Thriller, Adventure Film, DramaNarrative location: South AmericaRuntime: 131 - 156 minutesColor: black-and-white filmLanguage: French, Spanish, Italian, English, German, RussianCountry: France, ItalyDirector: Henri-Georges ClouzotScreenwriter: Henri-Georges Clouzot, Georges-Jean ArnaudMusic: Georges AuricCinematography: Armand Henri Julien ThirardStars: Yves Montand, Charles Vanel, Folco Lulli, Peter van Eyck, Véra Clouzot, William Tubbs, Darío Moreno, Jo Dest, Antonio Centa, Luis De LimaProducer: Raymond Borderie, Henri-Georges ClouzotAwards won: Golden BearAward details: (details at IMDb)

The Wages of Fear is a 1953 French-Italian thriller film directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot, starring Yves Montand, and based on a 1950 novel by Georges Arnaud. When a South American oil well owned by an American company catches fire, the company hires four European men, down on their luck, to drive two trucks over mountain dirt roads, loaded with nitroglycerine needed to extinguish the flames. The film brought Clouzot international fame, and allowed him to direct Les Diaboliques. In France the film was the 4th highest grossing film of the year with a total of 6,944,306 admissions.

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