Sorcerer (1977)William Friedkin's enthralling, vastly underrated masterpiece which… More William Friedkin's enthralling, vastly underrated masterpiece which has becoming a cult classic. It is a taut, riveting remake of the 1953 French classic "The Wages of Fear." The story concerns four amoral men from different backgrounds and countries, who are all fugitives, a terrorist, a corrupt businessman, a hitman, and a getaway driver for the mob, they all end up in a small impoverished hellhole of a town in the middle of the South American jungle. A raging fire at the oil refinery gives the men a chance to finally leave this God-forsaken country for good. The oil company will pay 8,000 pesos to each of the four driver's who transports several cases of extremely-volatile sticks of nitroglycerin in two old heavy truck from it's storage site across 200 miles of treacherous mountain terrain to the location were the oil well burns out of control, the explosives to be used to blast the fire out. The desperate four-man team will be led by an American named Jackie Scalon who uses the alias Juan Dominguez, played brilliantly by the late great Roy Scheider in a truly impressive intense performance, this journey will become a nightmarish odyssey of survival. Masterful direction by Friedkin who gives his unique thriller plenty of suspense and heart-pounding moments. Exceptional supporting performances by Bruno Cremer, Francisco, Amidou, Joe Spinell, Peter Capell, and Fredric von Ledebur. Striking cinematography by Dick Bush & John M. Stephens, with an extraordinarily powerful original score by Tangerine Dream. This is daring and rewarding piece of memorable film-making which is totally unmissable. Highly Recommended.
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