SORCERER

Rating: MA15+
Length: 121 mins
Cast: Roy Scheider, Bruno Cremer, Francisco Rabal
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Four unfortunate men from different parts of the globe agree to risk their lives transporting gallons of nitroglycerin across dangerous South American jungle.

By 1977, William Friedkin had won an Oscar for his film French Connection and rocked audiences with The Exorcist. That year he released Sorcerer, a nail-biting reinterpretation of Henri-Georges Clouzot’s The Wages of Fear. Things didn’t go to plan. It was initially panned as an expensive flop and buried when it premiered in the shadow of Star Wars. Newly restored under Friedkin’s supervision, it is enjoying a fan and critic-led revival, with contemporary consensus acknowledging it as the work of a master at the top of his game.

As per its source, the story involves four men with dark pasts who agree to transport volatile dynamite across hostile Central American terrain for a big payday. Starring Roy Scheider, and with a synth score by Tangerine Dream, the film’s iconic sequence – an explosives-laden truck crossing a rickety rope bridge – has became cinematic legend for its real-life risk and, like the film itself, remains as jaw-dropping today as when it was filmed.

“I have a great fondness for Sorcerer, more than any other film I’ve made … Sorcerer is the one I hope to be remembered for and the one film that came closest to my vision.” – Director William Friedkin

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