- Original title
- Running time
- 121 min.
- United States
Walon Green (Novel: Georges Arnaud)
John M. Stephens, Dick Bush
Friedrich von Ledebur,
Film Properties International N.V. / Paramount Pictures / Universal Pictures
Thriller. Mystery. Adventure. Drama | Remake
- Synopsis / Plot
- A group of outcasts from different backgrounds and nationalities are forced by misfortune to work in an oil-drilling operation in South America. When fire breaks out of control, four of the outcasts are given the opportunity to earn enough money to get out by transporting six crates of unstable dynamite through miles of jungle in two ancient trucks.
The plot of William Friedkin's suspense thriller originated with the same Georges Arnaud novel that inspired Henri-Georges Clouzot's French suspense classic The Wages of Fear (1953). Roy Scheider, Bruno Cremer, Francisco Rabal, and Amidou play four men who, for various reasons, cannot return to their own countries. They end up in a dismal South American town where an American oil company is seeking out courageous drivers willing to haul nitroglycerin over 200 miles of treacherous terrain. The four stateless men have nothing to lose--and, besides, they'll be paid $10,000 apiece, and be granted legal citizenship, if they survive.
: Nominated for Oscar: Best Sound
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