This is Friedkin's "Apocalypse Now", a passion project so marred by logistical and financial troubles that it drove cast and crew to the brink. The concurrent success of "Star Wars" may have buried it in obscurity, but its gritty nihilism makes it a more compelling adaptation of "Le salaire de la peur" than Clouzot's. Friedkin envisioned a "hell on earth" and that is exactly what he delivers.
While the front-loading of character exposition could've been more carefully interwoven, Sorcerer is no less of an achievement. Taking an old-fashioned adventure story & pushing it to the extremes of new Hollywood excess, the film maintains a fearless push for authenticity so prevalent in '70s cinema. The final act & its use of montage to illustrate a character's descent into madness & desperation are unforgettable.
Blu-Ray and Director's cut do justice to William Friedkin's masterpiece 'Sorcerer' that was cursed until recently. A Symphony in Green, Red and Blue deserving to stay as one of the best adventure movies ever shot. No Future. Masterpiece.
Quite an adventure film - Friedkin reunites with Scheider to remake Clouzot's classic. The film's first half was little slow, then kicked things up later to become adventurous & artistic sometimes. The bridge scenes were really powerful but amazing to watch plus Tangerine Dream's score is good listening to. It is well shot and unforgettable once you've seen it. Another rare work from Friedkin.
A terse, existentialist action picture from a filmmaker operating at the peak of his powers. The characters here are more like sketches than men. William Friedkin's exploration of capitalist greed and developing world exploitation is perhaps 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 individual into dust.
A good piece of Big 1970s movie-making, tense and exciting and frankly more than a bit pretentious. It is terribly eager to be a Big Statement about something, and the strain shows in several scenes where common sense is remarkably absent. For instance -- why didn't they wait to cross that bridge until it stopped raining?
Not sure if it's better than the Wages of Fear, as some have suggested, but it is definitely an overlooked gem. Things start kind of slow and disorienting, but that last hour or so is incredibly intense.
I believe that "Sorcerer" was better than "Wages of Fear" (and most other films), and I was almost alone in the 70s in thinking that, mainly because I was one of the very few people who actually saw "Sorcerer" in 1977 (twice in a row on opening night at the age of 14 to a mostly empty theatre), and now there are quite a few people who agree with me that its a cult classic, at the very least. Wages is great too.