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Encore: Sun, Oct 1 at 12:45pm, 7:45pm


  • Dir. William Friedkin
  • USA
  • 1977
  • 121 min.
  • R
  • DCP
  • Assistive Listening
  • Hearing Loop

Part of A Tribute to William Friedkin

Friedkin took his camera crew to the jungle and never quite returned…

Four men of disparate origins, exiled in South America, are approached by a U.S. company with a proposition: transport a volatile load of nitroglycerin over perilous terrain for a healthy wage and a promise of legal citizenship. This nail-biting re-work of Henri-Georges Clouzot’s 1953 WAGES OF FEAR features some of the most tense setpieces of Friedkin’s career and is bolstered by one of Tangerine Dream’s most memorable scores.

"When the film was finished, I had malaria and half the crew got gangrene or a lot of serious after-effects. And yes, it was an adventure... but it's not one I'd go through again." —William Friedkin

“Picture one of Werner Herzog's pitiless fuck-you-humans endurance tests amped up with major-studio muscle and a Tangerine Dream electronic score like an onslaught of angry bees, and you've got something close to the ultimate in sweaty, jittery, teeth-clenched machismo.” —Jim Ridley, Nashville Scene

“A fierce, austere and intriguing film: a cinematic concerto of pessimism.” —Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian