The Wages of Fear (1953)


Directed by: Henri-Georges Clouzot

Stars: Yves Montand, Charles Vanel, Peter van Eyck

Language: French | Subtitles: English (embed)

Country: France | Imdb Info | Ar: 4:3 | Brrip (director’s cut)

Also known as: Le salaire de la peur

Description: In the South American jungle supplies of nitroglycerin are needed at a remote oil field. The oil company pays four men to deliver the supplies in two trucks. A tense rivalry develops between the two sets of drivers and on the rough remote roads the slightest jolt can result in death.


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5 Responses to The Wages of Fear (1953)

  1. Jez says:

    In response to Anthony’s question, I was actually the one who requested this movie from Rarelust, and I also previously requested Clouzot’s Les Diaboliques.
    I first saw Wages of Fear in the mid eighties and it bowled me over completely. I have seen it maybe 2 or 3 times since and would rate it as one of my favourite French movies. Seeing how Mr Lust is graciously enabling us to see so many wonderful Cr#terion [email protected] releases I thought it would be a great one to request. I would recommend also Clouzot’s The Murderer lives at Number 21, not currently on Rarelust, but I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before we can see it here too.
    I would rather not review the movie any more for the time being as I have downloaded it but not yet had opportunity to watch it again yet.
    Oddly enough I didn’t remember there being any nudity in the movie (though Vera Clouzot’s half-glimpsed bosom did make an impression), but a quick glance at the preview shots reveals I am clearly wrong in my memory of it.

  2. Ariel Bender says:

    As TV Viewer noted, these are men from different walks of life brought together out of sheer desperation. Yves Montand’s character supplies the central focus and a classic karmic ending. Not to be missed. Also worth mentioning is William Friedkin’s sorely underrated remake in 1977, ‘Sorcerer’, starring Roy Scheider. A great film with a great soundtrack by Tangerine Dream. Unfortunately, the public wanted another ‘Exorcist’. Luckily, the film has gained a strong cult following, highly recommended.

  3. TV Viewer says:

    Excellent film about people who have come to the end of the road in the middle of nowhere and who will risk their lives trying to get enough money to get back home and live decently. Shades of the out of work men at the beginning of The Treasure of Sierra Madre. They are much more desperate, in an even worse location than the one shown in the Humphrey Bogart/John Huston classic.
    If a person can get over the fact that it’s in black and white, and in French with English subtitles, they will be rewarded with one heck of a suspenseful action film.
    Skip the forgettable 1970’s remake, and instead watch one of the best movies ever made.
    If The Wages of Fear got a rating it would probably be PG-13.
    Highly recommended.
    Thank you very much Rare Lust!

    • Anthony says:

      If you’re the one who requested this movie, then good for you for this mini-review. (And even better otherwise :-) ). Every request is made for a reason, and if RL goes to the trouble of getting the movie, I think it would be nice for you to briefly tell us what makes this movie worthwhile (even if it’s only that it features the first nudity you saw in your life :-) ).

      And of course, as usual, thanks to RL.

      • TonyDaTiger says:

        Thanks for the clarification of the rules. I was unaware that every film posted was a request. I actually thought R?L was one heck of a curator, apparently he just gets a treat when someone pushes the red button. I requested this, but unfortunately was not able to post up my review due to having to work to be able to pay bills and eat. So, here goes, It was the first nudity I ever saw on film, so, uh, I wanted to revisit it, and, um, well, I remember his butt being much firmer when I was a kid. And how did you know that, is that you uncle Tony, thanks for showing me this amazing film, even though I couldn’t understand the language or read fast enough. The way you massaged me made me feel all tingly on the inside, just awesome. I didn’t know why you always said it would be our secret, till I was in high school and learned not every kid did those things with his uncle like you said. When I asked my dad about it, I never understood why I never saw you again. I am glad to see you are OK, maybe we can watch this together again, just the two of us, like the old times. You should have mentioned the other rule, about keeping it a secret just among the big guys. you used to say that a lot. You were always big on rules, that was not really so nice, it made people think you were mean, but not me, I remember that we needed rules to survive, just like you said, or if not, people would marry sheep, and I don’t want to ever marry a sheep, ewe!
        Oh, and thanks R/L for doing this for me. If no one else will tell you titles, I do know a few more and will be happy to help you, like uncle Tony’s other favorites, The Country Teacher and Fierce People, if you need them, I bet Uncle Tony has copies he could mail to you.

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