A group of outcasts from different backgrounds/nationalities are forced by misfortune to work in a remote oil drilling operation in South America. When fire breaks out of control, the outcasts are given the opportunity to earn enough money to get out by transporting two crates of unstable nitroglycerin through miles of jungle in ancient trucks. Will they succeed and regain their honor and citizenship, or get blown up for their efforts? —IMDb
William Friedkin (born 29 August 1935) is an American film director, producer and screenwriter best known for directing The French Connection in 1972 and The Exorcist in 1973; for the former, he won the Academy Award for Best Director. His recent film, Bug (2006) won the FIPRESCI prize at the Cannes Film Festival.
After seeing the movie Citizen Kane as a boy, Friedkin became fascinated with movies and began working for WGN-TV immediately after high school. He eventually started his directorial career doing live television shows and documentaries, including The People vs. Paul Crump which won several awards and contributed to the commutation of Crump’s death sentence. As mentioned in Friedkin’s voice-over commentary on the DVD re-release of Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo, Friedkin also directed one of the last episodes of The Alfred Hitchcock Hour in 1965, called “Off Season”. Hitchcock admonished Friedkin for not wearing a tie… read more
A terse, existentialist picture from a filmmaker operating at the peak of his powers. "Sorcerer" is a masculine film, its atmosphere drenched in sweat and caked in mud, and yet Friedkin never once indulges in the typical macho cliches. The characters in "Sorcrer" are exiles, more like sketches than men. There's no time to wax sentimental over missed family members or a difficult childhood, not when one wrong turn in the jungle could send you and your passenger up in a sky-scorching fireball. Friedkin's exploration of capitalist greed and third world exploitation is possibly even more relevant now than in 1977, in large part because the economic systems which "Sorcerer" criticizes are still in place - and still grinding the rugged individual into powder.
Scorsese tries to save the Bowery, Friedkin’s Sorcerer gets a second chance, Terrence Malick wants you to see Zoolander & more.
The great American director on his new movie, the classic The Exorcist and the controversial Cruising.
As the characters in the picture, maybe William Friedkin was doomed from the instant he decided to tempt providence going back to H.G Clouzot’s masterpiece. His most ambicious project was, from early… read review