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Today (June 24th) marks the 40th Anniversary of William Fredkin's 1977 overlooked classic Sorcerer! It stars Roy Scheider, Bruno Cremer, Francisco Rabal, Amidou, and Ramon Bieri.
A group of outcast from different backgrounds and nationalities forced by misfortune to work in an oil drilling operation in South America. When a 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 nitroglycerin through miles of jungle in two battered down trucks.
William Fredkin does a stellar job with the directing of this film, it's very well paced, and it was all shot on location in South America. The cast all give amazing performances, especially Scheider as the world weary main character hiding out from the mob.All of the four main characters are hiding from the law or the mob, and are not generally nice people, although you end up rooting for them. This flick has some of the best uses of suspense in cinema of the last 40 years, and because all of it was real (no CGI), it gives you an even greater sense of danger and desperation. The "bridge scene" in particular is so hard to watch because of how nerve wracking it is. The German group Tangerine Dream provides the wonderful soundtrack and really helps to provide the tone throughout the movie. The atmosphere is incredible both in tone and in style. When you first see the South American town all of the characters are in, you feel like you're down there with them in all of the sweat and mud, or when the trucks get caught in a storm while in the rickety bridge, or the raging heat and impact of the oil fire. You can almost feel the terrain that the trucks have to drive on and the emotions that the main characters are going through. The film bombed when it came out in 1977 because it came out around the same time as Star Wars, and that's a damn shame because this flick deserved to be a huge hit and who knows what would've happened if it beat out Star Wars at the box office. Sorcerer is a excellent film and should definetly be seen. An criminally underrated classic. #film #anniversary #sorcerer #suspense #70s #underrated