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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… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 78%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The new movie is handsomely shot and crisply edited. Why, then, does one rather distantly respect it instead of just plain liking it? It is an odd, disappointing feeling to take away from a summertime movie."
‑ Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine
"It's easy to be repelled by the film's relentless bleakness, but it's even easier to be entranced by its immense scale, impeccable craft and astonishing suspense."
‑ Corey Atad, Movie Mezzanine
"Friedkin's maldit analysis of The Wages of Fear retains Clouzot's perverse punchline and adds plenty of its own"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"An existential suspense movie, Sorcerer is a masterpiece, and one of Friedkin's best."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Though not a patch on the Clouzot movie, it is still rather gripping, the photography is superb, there is an excellent use of sound and an eerie electronic score by Tangerine Dream."
‑ , Film4
"William Friedkin's Sorcerer is a painstaking, admirable, but mostly distant and uninvolving suspenser based on the French classic The Wages of Fear."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Breathtaking in its cinematography, production design and sound work, Sorcerer is a worthy contender for the film with the most suspenseful set-pieces in Hollywood history - if such an arbitrary title existed."
‑ Josh Slater-Williams, The Skinny
"It's rare that a remake lives up to the original upon which it was based, but "Sorcerer" is that exceptional movie."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"The film could never shake the dark cloud that hung over its head."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"while its narrative is slipshod, the dialogue is problematic and the drive is irresolute - one thing's for sure, the film's few golden moments of awe-inspiring action is simply that - white-knuckle classic thrills"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"Friedkin hints at political themes, but the film suffers most from condescendingly over-emphatic direction, and a generally tedious, relentless grimy realism in the opening half hour."
‑ , Time Out
"Friedkin's Sorcerer is just as gripping and spine-tingling an adventure film as The Wages of Fear and, at times, surpasses the original film with breathtaking photography and a superb use of sound"
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Sorcerer is simply riveting cinema, one of the most enthralling, suspenseful and heart-stopping films I have ever seen."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"A damned riveting film, from start to finish"
‑ Dan Jardine, Cinemania
"Though not quite as brilliant as the French original, William Friedkin's tale of desperation and colonial exploitation still packs a merciless punch."
‑ Rob Vaux, Flipside Movie Emporium
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