Actors: Yves Montand, Charles Vanel, Peter van Eyck, Dario Moreno
|Review Summary and Plot Commentary about Wages of Fear|
|Various dregs of humanity are stuck in the small Central American town of Las Piedras. When an American oil company offers them $2,000 apiece to drive two truckloads of nitroglycerine to a well that needs capping, Corsican Mario (Montand), Parisian big guy Jo (Vanel), Dutch smoothie Bimba (Van Eyck), and Italian Luigi (Lulli) jump at the chance. Based on the novel by Georges Arnaud, the 1953 film, written and directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot, seems slow at times but is a masterpiece of suspenseful tension. The men must drive over precarious mountain ridges, deal with a monstrous fallen boulder in the road, and through a growing lake of oil and mud. It made an international movie star of music hall singer Montand.
--David Loftus, Resident Scholar
|WAGES OF FEAR was released in 1953, it's a french movie directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot.
We are in a small town lost in the central america jungle. Four men accept, for the money, to drive trucks loaded with nitroglycerine to an oil field on fire. This is suspense at its best, without special effects.
--Daniel Staebler, Resident Scholar
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Composition of Movie
Actual chase scenes or violence - 30%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 30%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 40%
Time/Era of Movie:
- power source
Kind of disaster:
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
- brunette (Brown)
- short/standard straight (man)
- average (man)
Events of movie makes character more...
How sensitive is this character?
- sensitive to others' feelings
- hard edged
Sense of humor
- Cynical sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Average intelligence
- average physique
Secondary Main Character
- (man) short/standard curly
- average build (man)
- fat (man)
How much in movie?
- fight for survival
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
The Americas (not US):
Accounts of torture and death?
- gory visuals of deaths
- very gory visuals of deaths and torture
Movie makes you feel...
- all mixed up
How many deaths in film?
Kind of violence:
- mission to rescue
- hand to hand
Unusual forms of death
- dropped from large heights
- run over
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- Occasional swearing
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