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Sorcerer Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

The plot of William Friedkin's suspense thriller originated with the same Georges Arnaud novel that inspired Henri-Georges Clouzot's French suspense classic The Wages of Fear (1953). Roy Scheider, Bruno Cremer, Francisco Rabal, and Amidou play four men who, for various reasons, cannot return to their own countries. They end up in a dismal South American town where an American oil company is seeking out courageous drivers willing to haul nitroglycerin over 200 miles of treacherous terrain. The four stateless men have nothing to lose -- and, besides, they'll be paid 10,000 dollars apiece, and be granted legal citizenship, if they survive. The suspense is almost unbearable at times, even outdistancing the tension level of The Wages of Fear in certain scenes. Sorcerer had all the earmarks of a moneymaker, but this picture bombed for a rather odd and silly reason: its glaringly inappropriate title. Fans of Friedkin's Amidou may have gone home disappointed that not one sorcerer ever rears its ugly head. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:June 24, 1977

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Jean-Louis Ducarme Best Sound 1977 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Robert Knudson Best Sound 1977 Nominee

Cast

Roy Scheider
as Jackie Scanlon/"Juan Dominguez"
Bruno Cremer
as Victor Manzon/"Serrano"
Francisco Rabal
as Nilo
Peter Capell
as Lartigue
Ramon Bieri
as Corlette
Frederick Ledebur
as Carlos
Chico Martinez
as Bobby Del Rios
Karl John
as Angerman/"Marquez"
Frank Gio
as Marty
Randy Jurgensen
as Vinnie
Joe Spinell
as Spider
Amidou
as Kassem/"Martinez"
Jean-Luc Bideau
as Pascal
Jacques Francois
as Lefevre
André Falcon
as Guillot
Anne Marie Descott
as Blanche
Ray Dittrich
as Ben
Nick Discenza
as Father Ricci

Crew

William Friedkin
Director
William Friedkin
Producer
Georges Arnaud
Book Author
Walon Green
Screenwriter
Dick Bush
Cinematographer
Tangerine Dream
Composer (Music Score)
Keith Jarrett
Composer (Music Score)
Patricia Johnston
Songwriter
Christopher Franke
Composer (Music Score)
Gene de Paul
Songwriter
Bud Smith
Editor
Robert Lambert
Editor
Bud Smith
Associate Producer
Robert Laing
Set Designer
Bob Laing
Set Designer
Anthony Powell
Costume Designer
Jean-Louis Ducarme
Sound/Sound Designer
Buzz Knudson
Sound/Sound Designer
Newt Arnold
First Assistant Director
Buddy Ekins
Stunts
Bob Norin
Makeup
Bud Ekins
Stunts Coordinator
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