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The Wages of Fear (1953)

  • Starring: Charles Vanel, Peter van Eyck, Yves Montand
  • Director: Henri-Georges Clouzot
  • Genre(s): Drama, Thriller
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Running Time: 147 min


In a squalid South American oil town, four desperate men sign on for a suicide mission to drive trucks loaded with nitroglycerin over a treacherous mountain route to a faraway oil fire. The result is a white-knuckle ride from France’s legendary master of suspense, Henri-Georges Clouzot. (Janus Films)

"A significant influence on Peckinpah's The Wild Bunch, this grueling pile driver of a movie will keep you on the edge of your seat."
- Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Here's where it's easiest to see Clouzot's advantage over his more famous peer, as he combines nail-biting action scenes - calibrated to the millimeter - with a Hawksian command of earthy performances."
- Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"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."
- Variety (staff)