The Wages Of Fear (La Salaire De la Peur)


(out of 5)

Superb French adventure! Henri-Georges Clouzot (Diabolique) directs this winner of the Palme D’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. Four unemployed men bumbling around a South American city vie for the opportunity to do a driving job for the big oil company near where they live. The job is to take four huge trucks loaded with nitroglycerin (that can be set off by the slightest disturbance) up a huge mountain to where they are needed by land developers. The job could mean risking their lives, but for the chance to work they are willing to do anything. leads the cast, while  is excellent as one of his fellow drivers, an aging sod who starts a rivalry with his colleagues. Some of the action sequences are so intense they will take your very breath away.

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France/Italy, 1953

Directed by

Adaptation and dialogue by Henri-Georges Clouzot, , based on the novel by

Cinematography by

Produced by ,

Music by

Production Design by 

Film Editing by , ,

The Criterion Collection

Cannes Film Festival 1953


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