(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. Yves Montand leads the cast, while Charles Vanel 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.
Directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot
Cinematography by Armand Thirard
Music by Georges Auric
Production Design by Rene Renoux