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Wages of Fear

France, French | English, 131 mins

Original Title

Le Salaire de la Peur
  • Director: Henri-Georges Clouzot
  • Writer: Georges Arnaud; Henri-Georges Clouzot

CGiii Comment

Seemingly, this is one of the greatest films ever made...

The first hour is dedicated to character development and bad acting - laughably so, especially the unnecessary Madame Clouzot.

Bimba's grooming and matter-of-fact proclamation is the highlight of this overly long, wooden piece of exaggeration - it most definitely is not one of the best films ever made...thus far.

But...it does something so memorable that after the whole experience of watching it - you realise, days later, how good it actually is...now, that is impressive.


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The(ir) Blurb...

In the South American jungle supplies of nitroglycerin are needed at a remote oil field. The oil company pays four men to deliver the supplies in two trucks. A tense rivalry develops between the two sets of drivers and on the rough remote roads the slightest jolt can result in death.

Cast & Characters

Yves Montand as Mario;
Charles Vanel as M. Jo;
Folco Lulli as Luigi;
Peter van Eyck as Bimba; 
Véra Clouzot as Linda;
William Tubbs as Bill O'Brien; 
Darío Moreno as Hernandez;
Jo Dest as Smerloff;
Antonio Centa as Camp Chief;
Luis De Lima as Bernardo; 
Grégoire Gromoff;
Joseph Palau-Fabre;
Faustini;
Seguna;
Darling Légitimus

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