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Thumbnail for Sorcerer (1977) Sorcerer (1977)

Basics Critics:64Viewers:74Rusty:77
Category: Action/Adventure, Drama, Mystery/Noir/ThrillerNotable as: Crime FictionSub-Category: Action Film, Crime Fiction, Adventure Film, Thriller, Drama, Epic film, Political dramaNarrative location: VenezuelaRuntime: 92 - 122 minutesColor: colorLanguage: English, German, Spanish, FrenchCountry: United StatesFilming location: New JerseyDirector: William FriedkinScreenwriter: Walon GreenBased on: The Wages of FearMusic: Michel ColombierCinematography: Dick BushStars: Roy Scheider, Bruno Cremer, Francisco Rabal, Ramon Bieri, Peter Capell, Joe Spinell, Karl John, Friedrich von Ledebur, Chico Martínez, AmidouProducer: William FriedkinAward nominations: Academy Award for Best Sound MixingAward details: (details at IMDb)

Sorcerer is a 1977 American existential thriller film directed and produced by William Friedkin and starring Roy Scheider, Bruno Cremer, Francisco Rabal, and Amidou. The second adaptation of Georges Arnaud's 1950 French novel Le Salaire de la peur, it has been widely considered a remake of the first adaptation; the 1953 film The Wages of Fear; however, Friedkin himself has disagreed with this notion. The plot has four outcasts of varied backgrounds meeting in a South American village, where they are assigned as truck drivers to transport cargos of nitroglycerin. Sorcerer was originally conceived as a side-project to Friedkin's next major film, The Devil's Triangle, with a modest US$2.5 million budget. The director later opted for a bigger production, which he thought would become his legacy. The cost of Sorcerer was earmarked at $15 million, escalating to $22 million following a troubled production with various filming locations—primarily in the Dominican Republic—and conflicts between Friedkin and his crew.

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