Imagine if you will opening a movie the same year that Star Wars hit the silver screen. Nineteen seventy-seven was the year, and I’ll bet you can’t name a movie other than Star Wars that debuted that year. Well, here’s one that got lost in the Star Wars shuffle that you’ll want to know, William Friedkin’s Sorcerer.
Friedkin’s previous work included The French Connection and The Exorcist, and he envisioned this as his greatest undertaking. The movie is an adaptation of Georges Arnaud’s 1950 novel Le Salaire de la peur, which had previously been filmed in 1953 as The Wages of Fear. In the story four men on the run end up in a small Latin American town and need to drive a pair of trucks containing highly unstable explosives more than 200 miles to an oil well that has been blown up by local terrorists.
Roy Scheider plays an Irish mobster and is perhaps the only recognizable name in the film. It’s the trucks however that are the big stars, beat to hell and way past their sell-by dates the two GMC M-series beasts tackle seemingly insurmountable odds – including the crossing of a rain-swollen river on a tree trunk bridge that’s one of the most edge of your seat stunts ever attempted. There’s plenty of cool cars playing supporting rolls too, including a Porsche 911 Targa that’s going to need an expensive window replacement, and a Plymouth Fury that gets pretty furious.
Sorcerer debuted to critical pans and little interest from the movie-going public who were perhaps too caught up in the Star Wars frenzy to care. Time has been kind to Friedkin’s film however and it’s today considered to be a masterpiece. I can’t say if that’s an accurate portrayal, only that it’s one of my all-time favorite movies. Check out the trailer after the jump and see if it might be one of yours as well. … Continue Reading