Combustible Celluloid
 
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With: Yves Montand, Charles Vanel, Peter van Eyck, Antonio Centa, Darling Legitimus, Folco Lulli, William Tubbs, Vera Clouzot
Written by: H.G. Clouzot, Jerome Geronimi, based on a novel by Georges Arnaud
Directed by: Henri-Georges Clouzot
MPAA Rating: NR
Language: French with English subtitles
Running Time: 148
Date: 04/22/1953
IMDB

The Wages of Fear (1953)

4 Stars (out of 4)

Wheels Go Round and Round

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Regarded by many as a mere Hitchcock knockoff, Henri-Georges Clouzot nonetheless instills his film with the most exhilaratingly gut-wrenching suspense imaginable. Stranded in a small South American village, a group of men (led by Yves Montand) take a job driving truckloads of nitroglycerine through rocky, dangerous territory. Every turn of the wheels brings on another bead of sweat... William Friedkin remade this film as Sorcerer (1977).

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