The Wages of Fear

Le salaire de la peur (1953)
Director: Henri-Georges Clouzot
Actors: Yves Montand
Runtime: 148 min

Several foreigners of various nationalities are trapped in a village in South America. The road leads only to oil rigs, the railroad doesn’t exist, and airplane is the only means of transportation, but none of them can afford the ticket. Actually, they hardly have enough money to survive. When an oil rig is caught up in a huge fire the company has to transport several hundred kilograms of nitroglycerin, needed to extinguish the fire, over extremely treacherous terrain, and offers a large sum of money to drivers willing to apply for this terribly dangerous job.

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