Sorcerer (1977)

In a remote South American town, four expatriates with nothing to lose agree to drive a truck carrying highly explosive chemicals over miles of hazardous terrain. The drivers will be handsomely paid -- if they survive. This knuckle-biting… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: June 24, 1977
DVD Release Date: November 17, 1998
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out

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.

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Variety Staff

William Friedkin's Sorcerer is a painstaking, admirable, but mostly distant and uninvolving suspenser based on the French classic The Wages of Fear.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...a palpably overlong drama that's rife with superfluous scenes and subplots...

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Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice

First and foremost a lavish entertainment, no matter its brief examination of oil politics.

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Time Out

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.

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Sam Adams
The Dissolve

[...] a defiant, mad gesture of a film that features some of the most exhilarating sequences in movie history.

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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

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.

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Clayton Dillard
Slant 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.

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Mike Scott

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
William Friedkin and Roy Scheider team up again with this action adventure. Well executed, directed and acted, Sorcerer is a film that manages stand up to… More
Ken Stachnik
Wicked underrated
Reid Volk
Being an immense fan of the Clouzot's Wages of Fear, coupled with knowing Friedkin's hubris, made me not to thrilled to give this movie a whirl.… More
Steve B.
This movie is universally panned, but I kind of liked it.
Pierluigi Puccini
As the characters in the picture, maybe William Friedkin was doomed from the instant he decided to tempt providence going back to H.G Clouzot's… More
Lanning : )
One of the best "tough guys," no one sweats better on the way to winning or losing than Roy Scheider. This great movie, an American reworking of the… More