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.
Rotten Tomatoes:
131 min


Alms, sir.


Whiten yourself a bit, the

sun hit you pretty hard.

I'm going to whiten your

tongue with my soap.

Come on, Perla, show me

your thanks.

You are asking too much,


OK, forget it.

What a disgrace!

I hate mutts!

Anybody asking you?

Listen, doc, no one asked

your opinion.

Some guys have all

the luck.

I wouldn't mind a job

like that.

It's for voters only.

Got your card?

Never thought I'd beg

for a job.

For tramps there's never

any work.

Well, what'll you have?

Make up your mind.

A lemonade.

Only one for the lot?

Get it and shut up!

You're always so nice

and polite.

Rose, a lemonade for

the doctor.

Looking for trouble?

Not much distraction here.

If only it wasn't so hot!

What are we hanging

around here for?

Coming tonight?

Maybe... You got them?

In the flour bag.

Kiss me.

Watch out for my suit!

Linda, come here!

At the flour again, eh?

Don't I feed you?

I didn't eat your flour.

Caught in the act.

I'll show you.

Forget it.

Mind your business!

He's itching for trouble.

Who's asking you?

You're just a pack

of tramps.

Only fit for loafing...

and scaring away all

the customers.

Scram or I'll call

the cops.

They may be interested

in your papers.

Oh, a squealer?

I'm a citizen, not a

lousy foreigner.

What a credit to the

white race!

What do you want?

Did you hear me?

Beat it!

If I ever hear...

that you touched a hair

on her head...

Me? I wouldn't hurt her!

On the contrary.

I only want to help her.

Don't I baby?

Go to my room.

I'll be right up.

Yes, sir.

Leave that.

You want trouble.

Clear out of here,

you lousy tramp.

You cheap tramp!

Take it easy!

The street's free!

Then have the cops

check on you.

Dirty rat! Louse!

Your insults get in

through my ear...

Going up or not?

Where is that lazy tramp?


The mail...didn't you hear

the plane?

Get to the airport!


The money I've lost on

account of you!

What's up?

Can I go with you?

If I ever meet

the right pilot.

He'll let me ride

with the baggage.

I'll show him

my U.S. visa.

Did I ever show you

my visa?

Everyone's seen it.

Keep it in your pocket

and don't flash it.

The plane of the

international Airline...

is landing in

airstrip number 1.

Please, may all the

passengers go...

through the custom house.

Hi, Pepito,

what's new?

Listen, boss, I got

my passport.


Come here.

Any baggage?


Got a passport?

Yes, a passport.

What brings you here?

I don't know yet.

We'll put down "tourist".

What's up?

A traffic jam.

Tito! Come on, now.

The lady and the child.

That's right.

Smile. Don't move,


That'll be a dollar.

Wait, maybe I'm not

getting off yet.

Why don't you take a picture?

You French?

Pleased to meet you, kid.

Where from?

Paris, Rue des Pyrenees.

I'm from Propriane.

Ah, a Corsican!

But I used to work

in Paris.

Swell! It won't be as bad

as I thought.

From Tegucigalpa?

Could be.

Give me the low-down.

I'm absolutely dead broke.

Anything doing here?

Let's try the saloon.

Hernandez isn't a bad guy.

Is it far?

Let's take the taxi.

itll look better.

The Corsair.

Hello, boss. I've brought

a pal along.

I've got my hands full


A sight for sore eyes!

Pay for the taxi.

Who is this guy?

I thought he was your pal!

Know him?

By reputation.

Come along, kid.

Set one up for

my pal too!

Sit down.

Much obliged.

Come off it!

We're pals.

You can call me Jo,

but to the others,

I'm Mr. Jo!

Here's to you, Jo.

itll all work out.

Don't worry!

Not a bad joint.

You get tired of it.

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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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