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The Wages of Fear

The Wages of Fear

A Feature film by Henri-Georges Clouzot

Produced by Vera Film

Release in France : 22/04/1953


    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.

    Actors (13)

    Production and distribution (5)

    Executive Producer :

    Vera Film

    Foreign production company :

    Fono Roma

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    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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    Sub-genre :

    Action , Adventure

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    Production language :

    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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    Black & White

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