The Wages of Fear

Synopsis: In the South American jungle supplies of nitroglycerin are needed at a remote oil field. The oil company pays four men to deliver the supplies in two trucks. A tense rivalry develops between the two sets of drivers and on the rough remote roads the slightest jolt can result in death.
Production: Janus Films
  Won 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 5 wins.
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131 min

How'd you ever pick

this town?

You can't always choose.

I had to beat it fast.

I headed for the airport...

and bought a $50 ticket.

That's how I'm here.

This is Linda. A sweet kid.

So I see.

Say something.

Be polite.

She's half savage.

It's lost a button.

Beat it!

Get what I mean?

They drop from the trees.

Have you eaten?

On the plane.

The meal was included.

I'm going for a bite.

How about here?

I've got a room in town.

I like my independence.

I understand.

I won't be long.

You see?

He hangs on to me.


Were you mixing cement?

I finished the framework.

We got a new mixer.

We may get a vibrator.

Say, did you strike gold

or something?

It's a present!

Noodles again?

Stop bellyaching. I'll

make you a swell sauce.

We don't have time.

I met...

A woman?

It happens to be a man.

A real one.


-Thank you very much.

You're welcome.

I'm thirsty.

Got any money?

My back wages?

We'll see.

Poor guy!

Two beers outside.

You sure eat fast!

When I feel good.

Thanks, kid.

How about a shot

of brandy?

Some service.

I just helped myself.

Allow me, my lord.

-Stop the music.


Shut it off.

-You won't see us anymore.

-Out! Out!

We won't come back.

We'll go to some place


Go get some fresh air.

A bunch of bellyachers!

Not one of us here

has any work.

Just occasional odd jobs.

Just enough to eat

and buy a drink.

Why don't you clear out?

I would if I could.

The trouble is...

takes too much effort.

Any trains?

None at all.

No highway?

It ends at the oil wells.


The fare's too high.

Caracas is too close.

Besides, it's too hot.

After that, it costs

around $300.

Got that much?

Neither have I.

You need a visa.

It can be arranged.

A real one?

A real one, too.

It takes dough for that.

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Georges Arnaud

Henri Girard (1917 - 1987) was a French author who used the pseudonym Georges Arnaud. He was born in France, in Montpellier. He was the author of the novel The Wages of Fear (French: Le salaire de la peur). more…

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