Billy Crystal, Bette Midler and Marisa Tomei star in Andy Fickman's family comedy.
The misleading title of this very expensive and rather needless remake of Clouzot's The Wages of Fear (1953) seemed, at the time, to be cashing in on Friedkin's huge success with The Exorcist (1973). The screenplay takes the same situation as the French thriller and expands on it, filling in more of the lives of the participants. They are four men of different backgrounds and nationalities (Scheider, American; Cremer, French; Rabal, Spanish; Amidou, Arab) who turn up in a seedy South American town where they are offered $10,000 by an American oil company representative to transport highly explosive nitroglycerine over 200 miles of rough terrain in two old trucks. Though not a patch on the Clouzot movie, it is still rather gripping, the photography is superb, there is an excellent use of sound and an eerie electronic score by Tangerine Dream.
The film cost over $22 million and flopped badly.
Horror, mystery and suspense stake its claim on the weekend. A new season of Saturday Night Shocks comes to Film4.
A documentary account of Edwyn Collins' recovery from a cerebral haemorrhage with the help of his wife, Grace Maxwell
BIFA-nominated films including the Film4-backed 45 Years, The Lobster, Macbeth, Amy and Ex Machina will be available in cinemas nationwide from 23 November in a special public screenings event. The
Film4 has received a total of 41 nominations for the films it has backed at this year¿s British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs), with the nomination lists for the Best British Film and Best Director a
A summary of the critics and film professionals who voted for the top 50 Horror films of the 21st Century
As voted for by a panel of horror experts and friends of Film4 & FrightFest