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Wages of Fear, The ( salaire de la peur, Le ) (1953) Movie Information

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Overall Rank:

372

Avg. Rating:

3.20/4

# of Ratings:

63

Genres:

Thriller, Adventure

Rating:

NR

Language:

French

Theater Date:

09/11/1953

Director:

Henri-Georges Clouzot

Actors:

Yves Montand
Charles Vanel
Peter van Eyck
Jo Dest
Folco Lulli
William Tubbs

 

 

 

 

Plot Outline:

In need of Nitroglycerin a group of brave men try to transport it without the proper safety equipment.

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SIngli6 11/08/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
4/4 

To make a story that is unrelentingly tense and horrendously cruel, as well as entertaining, funny, and thrilling is the sign of an accomplished craftsman, but to make that story all of those things whilst still honouring the foundation of tragedy and nihilism that inherently exists in the premise? That, dear readers, is as stark and inspiring as genius gets. I recommend the extended version over the original American print as it gives you more insight into the minds of the main characters.

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mitchellyoung 07/05/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
4/4 

Inventive and powerful film. The first half sets up characters and setting through a string of intricate sequences and the last half is pure, unadulterated tension. One of the greatest.

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GJ81 03/21/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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4/4 

An early film example of 'High Concept'. The film doesn't jump straight into its most powerful scenes. Instead for the first hour, you get nothing but character building which could potentially put off some viewers. But for the later scenes to work, getting to know these people and what stakes are involved, is absolutely vital. When everything kicks off though, it is an intense piece of cinema.

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Allison 09/21/2007 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

Rating of
2.5/4 

I gave this movie a second chance after giving up on it the first time. Good thing I did. Not only does this have a crazy, but satisfying (Zabriskie Point-esque) ending, but I got into the director's work because of this. Hand down, two thumbs up!!!

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06/13/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

The Wages of Fear review

A story that centers on Frenchmen Mario and Jo, Dutch Bimba and Italian Luigi. They are part of Southern Oil Company (SOC) and their job is considered too dangerous for the unionized SOC employees since the poor working conditions and the nature of nitroglycerin is imminent. Mario is accompanied by a hefty nervous Jo. The artists did a good job in portraying their roles and score was beautiful. Direction was faboulous since it felt the realism of the picture. The pace and plot however were not as impressive. Main strength of the film is the screenplay with loads of subliminal messages from the following lines: "Better safe than sorry." "That's life." "It's terrible to rot alive." "You don't know what fear is. But you'll see. It's catching, it's catching like small pox! And once you ...

Rating of
2.5/4 

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