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Wages of Fear, The

Wages of Fear, The

cast: Yves Montand, Charles Vanel

year: 1953

colour: no

certificate:

director: Henri-Georges Clouzot

runtime: 140

Adventure/ Action/ Drama An extraordinarily gripping thriller from Henri-Georges Clouzot that establishes and maintains a level of tension rarely equalled elsewhere in cinema. He starts in a South American bar where poverty drives the men to fight for any jobs going. Four of the men agree to drive a consignment of nitroglycerine across a tortuous 300-mile jungle road to an American-owned oil refinery. They're not much of a team, each driven by greed, but they have to work together if they're to survive without being blown up by their cargo.

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