Austin Film Society: 35mm Treasures From the Janus Films Archive: The Wages of Fear

Not rated, 131 min. Directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot. Starring Yves Montand, Charles Vanel, Folco Lulli, Peter Van Eyck and Véra Clouzot.

One of the all-time great truck movies, The Wages of Fear is set in a third world hell, where the American oil industry controls the economy. Four men are offered the hopeless job of driving two trucks loaded with nitroglycerine over treacherous South American roads in the hot sun. Most of the movie is taken up by this nightmarish ride and the drivers' existential crises. The film is a textbook case of how to craft suspense. Read a full review of The Wages of Fear.
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