Sorcerer
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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
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

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"By the time Sorcerer gets around to its rain-soaked, rickety-bridge set piece, you'll either be obsessed or fully checked out. Give yourself a chance to pick sides."
‑ Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"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
"...a palpably overlong drama that's rife with superfluous scenes and subplots..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Is it any wonder the film slipped into obscurity almost immediately after release? With the number of issues that pile up by the end of these two hours, an incredibly misleading title ends up being the least of its worries."
‑ Jeff Beck, Examiner.com
"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
"First and foremost a lavish entertainment, no matter its brief examination of oil politics."
‑ Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice
"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
"[...] a defiant, mad gesture of a film that features some of the most exhilarating sequences in movie history."
‑ Sam Adams, The Dissolve
"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
"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
"Friedkin's cyclical, almost Kafkaesque insistence that politics revolves around now globalized, corporate power delegating hired guns to do under-the-table bidding across national boundaries announces itself through the soundscape."
‑ Clayton Dillard, Slant Magazine
"Over the years, a certain mystique has surrounded Friedkin's dark tale, as is so often the case with lost films. Unlike many of them, though, Sorcerer delivers."
‑ Mike Scott, Times-Picayune
"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, ColeSmithey.com
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