The Wages of Fear

Title: Le salaire de la peur
Year: 1953 (France), 1955 (US)
Director: Henri-Georges Clouzot
Writers: Henri-Georges Clouzot & Jérôme Géronimi, based on the novel by Georges Arnaud
Starring: Yves Montand, Charles Vanel, Folco Lulli, Peter van Eyck, Véra Clouzot
Music: Georges Auric
Distinctions: currently #143 on IMDb’s Top 250
Length: 148 minutes
Synopsis: 300 miles of disrepaired roads in two trucks full of volatile explosives
How I saw it: on video (rented from Netflix), yesterday
Subjective Rating: 7/10 (Good).
Objective Rating: 7/10 (points off for pacing, cinematography and music) c. 2.9/4 (Good).

Very effective suspense. The plot doesn’t get started until about an hour into the movie, but once it gets going it’s great. The characters aren’t likable, but given their situation you can’t help sympathizing with them.

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