The Wages of Fear

Dynamic Tremendous Shattering
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Unrated
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 28 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released: January 26, 1999
  • Originally Released: 1953
  • Label: Criterion
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Single Side - Dual Layer - RSDL
  • Director's Cut
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Audio:
    • Mono - French/Spanish/Italian/English/German
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Deleted Scenes: Includes Scenes Censored for the 1954 U.S. Theatrical Release

Performers, Cast and Crew:

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Directed by
Edited by &
Screenwriting by
Composition by
Art Direction by
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Major Awards:

Cannes 1953 - Best Actor: Charles Vanel
Cannes 1953 - Palme d'Or

Entertainment Reviews:

Certified Fresh100%

Total Count: 44


User Ratings: 8,693
4 stars out of 4 -- Memorable performances, precise pacing, subtle detail: Now that's thrilling.
Dec 1, 2005
A harrowing odyssey of four derelicts inching two trucks loaded with nitro-glycerine over a tortuous terrain puts this in the strong meat department with a downbeat theme of fear and its manifestations. Full Review
Mar 1, 2007
Rating: 4/4 -- The Wages of Fear contains tension-fraught stretches of "pure cinema" that probably gave even the Master cold sweats. Full Review
Slant Magazine
Dec 6, 2011
Rating: 4/5 -- The actual driving scenes are full of suspense and bit of humour. You can tell Clouzot has fun putting the viewer in a false sense of security. Full Review
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Alberta)
Mar 15, 2018
Rating: 3.5/4 -- Turning the screws with a relentlessness that impresses even in this age of the ruthless, high-tech thriller, Clouzot strings together situations of vividly, almost sadistically imagined danger. Full Review
Chicago Tribune
Apr 2, 2014
Rating: B
Entertainment Weekly
Jan 13, 1995
Rating: A -- Anti-capitalist exciting existential adventure film. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Mar 25, 2013

Product Description:

Made two years before his slightly better known DIABOLIQUE, Henri-Georges Clouzot's nail-biter of a suspense film is the story of four broke and desperate men stranded in Latin America. Eager for a way out of their respective situations, they accept an American oil company's impossibly dangerous offer to transport two truckloads of nitroglycerin across hazardous jungle terrain. Remade by William Friedkin as SORCERER in 1977.

Plot Synopsis:

Henri Georges Clouzot directed this tense and suspenseful drama about four men so desperate for freedom that they willingly risk their lives to deliver a dangerous cargo.
In a small, isolated, hot and dusty Central American village, there's only one thing to do: dream of getting out. An opportunity for escape presents itself -- but only to those with nerves of steel. An American oil company has offered to pay big bucks to get two trucks filled with nitroglycerin over to a well fire. The catch: the unpaved terrain contains enough bumps and crags to make the unstable material explode... and instantly kill the driver. Nonetheless, the company has many applicants hungry for work, and a quartet of the coolest are chosen. But even these stalwart men will discover that fear of their deadly payload can ignite even the most frozen emotions.


Production Notes:

  • The print used for the Home Vision Cinema VHS version is from the Janus collection. It is full-length, restoring an additional 43 minutes of footage. It also includes the original theatrical trailer.
  • Winner, Best Film, Berlin Film Festival.

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