Tuesday, July 22, 2014

"Sorcerer" (1977) - Movie Review

Excellent William Friedkin thriller that pits four desperate men, exiled to South America, versus trucks carrying leaky nitroglycerin.

This was a film that was unfortunately forgotten by filmgoers, as is was haplessly released soon after "Star Wars" in 1977. But, the new High Definition transfer is spectacular and reveals a film that must be seen by fans of thrillers and suspense films.

The movie is a remake of the French classic "The Wages of Fear." And, even if you know that film well, you will find plenty of suspense and surprises here.

A first-rate cast is led by Roy Scheider, giving the most primal and immediate performance of his career. The cinematography and editing are pitch perfect. And, the score by Tangerine Dream perfectly underscores the film, especially in the final scene.

William Friedkin has been very proud to bring this film back. And, I am glad that he did! Excellent filmmaking on all accounts.

****1/2 (4 1/2 Out of 5 Stars)

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