DVD The Wages of Fear [DVD] [Criterion Collection] [Multilingual] [037429203224] (DVD 50945),
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The Wages of Fear [DVD] [Criterion Collection] [Multilingual] [037429203224]

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  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • 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.

    Cannes Palme d'Or 1953
    Cannes Best Actor 1953 Charles Vanel Character Actor/Director

  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): WAG110

  • Credits
    Charles Vanel, Yves Montand, Peter Van Eyck, Vera Clouzot, William Tubbs, Folco Lulli
  • Critic Reviews
    "...Seldom have the exquisite pain and pleasure of motion-picture suspense been mixed with quite the intoxicating effects that [Clouzot] achieves [here]....Classic..."
    New York Times

    Rating: B
    Entertainment Weekly

    "...The film's extended suspense sequences deserve a place among the great stretches of cinema..."
    Chicago Sun-Times

    "...This original is one of the most exciting movies ever..."
    USA Today

    "[I]t's a masterpiece of tension, precision, and a very specific form of masculine desperation." -- Grade: A-
    Entertainment Weekly

    4 stars out of 4 -- "Memorable performances, precise pacing, subtle detail: Now that's thrilling."

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