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The Wages of Fear

The Wages of Fear

A Feature film by Henri-Georges Clouzot

Produced by Vera films

Release in France : 22/04/1953

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Production and distribution (5)

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Vera films

Foreign production company :

Fono Roma

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In a deprived urban development in a Latin Americna country, four misfits join together to undertake a risky adventure. Luigi is an Italian, and he is accompanied by a German and two Frenchmen: Mario and Mr. Joe, an old hand who captivates his compatriot. In exchange for a big bonus, these adventurers must transport large quantities of nitroglycerine destined to blow up an oil fire. The route is particularly dangerous and the first truck, driven by Luigi, is wiped out in an explosion. Only Mario and Jo are left, but Jo, numb with fear, is but the shadow of his former self. It is up to Mario to lead the expedition. On the way, Jo meets with a grisly death.

Full credits (17)

Assistant Director :

Michel Romanoff

Producers :

Henri-Georges Clouzot, Raymond Borderie

Co-producers :

José Bosch, Georges Lourau

Sound Recordist :

William-Robert Sivel

Assistant Operators :

Jean Dicop, Robert Florent, Jean Lallier, Bob Pater

Production Manager :

Henri Jaquillard

Continuity supervisor :

Lily Hargous

Artistic Director :

René Renoux

Location managers :

Lucien Lippens, Louis Wipf

Author of original work :

Georges Arnaud

Screenwriters :

Jérôme Géronimi, Henri-Georges Clouzot, René Wheeler

Director of Photography :

Armand Thirard

Sound Assistant :

Arthur Van Der Meeren

Camera operators :

Robert Juillard, Louis Née

Editors :

Madeleine Gug, Henri Rust, Etiennette Muse

Music Composer :

Georges Auric

Still Photographers :

Jean Clouzot, Lucienne Chevert

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Feature film

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Action , Adventure

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French, German, Italian, Spanish, English

Coproducer countries :

France, Italy

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Majority French (France, Italy)

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Runtime :

2 h 21 min

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