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The Wages of Fear Details

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Together with , (Le Salaire de la Peur) earned Henri-Georges Clouzot the reputation as a "French Hitchcock." In truth, Clouzot's ability to sustain suspense may have even exceeded Hitchcock's; when originally released, Clouzot ran 155 tension-filled minutes. Based on the much-imitated novel by Georges Arnaud, the film is set in Central America. The Southern Oil Company, which pretty much rules the roost in the impoverished village of Las Piedras, sends out a call for long-distance truck drivers. Southern Oil's wages of 2,000 dollars per man are, literally, to die for -- the drivers are obliged to transport highly volatile nitroglycerine shipments across some of the most treacherous terrain on earth. Through expository dialogue, tense interactions and flashbacks, we become intimately acquainted with the four drivers who sign up for this death-defying mission: Corsican Yves Montand, Italian Folco Lulli, German Peter Van Eyck, and Frenchman Charles Vanel. The first half of the film slowly, methodically introduces the characters and their motivations. The second half -- the drive itself -- is a relentless, goosebump-inducing assault on the audience's senses. The winner of the Grand Prix at the Cannes Festival, was remade by William Friedkin as William Friedkin (1977). ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Henri-Georges Clouzot Best Film - Any Source 1954 Winner

Cast

Yves Montand
as Mario
Charles Vanel
as Jo
Peter Van Eyck
as Bimba
William Tubbs
as Bill O'Brien
Véra Clouzot
as Linda
Folco Lulli
as Luigi
Dario Moreno
as Hernandez
Jo Dest
as Smerloff

Crew

Henri-Georges Clouzot
Director
Henri-Georges Clouzot
Producer
Louis Wipf
Producer
Georges Arnaud
Book Author
Jerome Geronimi
Screenwriter
Henri-Georges Clouzot
Screenwriter
Armand Thirard
Cinematographer
Louis Nee
Cinematographer
Georges Auric
Musical Direction/Supervision
Georges Auric
Composer (Music Score)
Madeleine Gug
Editor
Henri Rust
Editor
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