The Wages of Fear

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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Unrated
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 28 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released: January 26, 1999
  • Originally Released: 1953
  • Label: Criterion
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Single Side - Dual Layer - RSDL
  • Director's Cut
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Audio:
    • Mono - French/Spanish/Italian/English/German
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Deleted Scenes: Includes Scenes Censored for the 1954 U.S. Theatrical Release

Performers, Cast and Crew:

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Edited by &
Screenwriting by
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Art Direction by
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Major Awards:

Cannes 1953 - Best Actor: Charles Vanel
Cannes 1953 - Palme d'Or

Entertainment Reviews:

New York Times - 10/18/1991
"...Seldom have the exquisite pain and pleasure of motion-picture suspense been mixed with quite the intoxicating effects that [Clouzot] achieves [here]....Classic..."
Entertainment Weekly - 01/13/1995
Rating: B
USA Today - 11/05/1991
"...This original is one of the most exciting movies ever..."
Entertainment Weekly - 10/21/2005
"[I]t's a masterpiece of tension, precision, and a very specific form of masculine desperation." -- Grade: A-
Premiere - 12/01/2005
4 stars out of 4 -- "Memorable performances, precise pacing, subtle detail: Now that's thrilling."

Product Description:

Made two years before his slightly better known DIABOLIQUE, Henri-Georges Clouzot's nail-biter of a suspense film is the story of four broke and desperate men stranded in Latin America. Eager for a way out of their respective situations, they accept an American oil company's impossibly dangerous offer to transport two truckloads of nitroglycerin across hazardous jungle terrain. Remade by William Friedkin as SORCERER in 1977.

Plot Synopsis:

Henri Georges Clouzot directed this tense and suspenseful drama about four men so desperate for freedom that they willingly risk their lives to deliver a dangerous cargo.
In a small, isolated, hot and dusty Central American village, there's only one thing to do: dream of getting out. An opportunity for escape presents itself -- but only to those with nerves of steel. An American oil company has offered to pay big bucks to get two trucks filled with nitroglycerin over to a well fire. The catch: the unpaved terrain contains enough bumps and crags to make the unstable material explode... and instantly kill the driver. Nonetheless, the company has many applicants hungry for work, and a quartet of the coolest are chosen. But even these stalwart men will discover that fear of their deadly payload can ignite even the most frozen emotions.


Production Notes:

  • The print used for the Home Vision Cinema VHS version is from the Janus collection. It is full-length, restoring an additional 43 minutes of footage. It also includes the original theatrical trailer.
  • Winner, Best Film, Berlin Film Festival.

Product Info

  • UPC: 037429134924
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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