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30 years ago, William Friedkin was one of Hollywood's top directors, an Oscar winner for The French Connection in 1971, which he followed with The Exorcist. But the film he made next, Sorcerer, was a box-office disappointment, and was cut by a whopping half-an hour by the time it opened in Australia. Now we have a chance to see the original, which is a re working of H.G. Clouzot's French classic, The Wages Of Fear. Sorcerer, the title doesn't make a lot of sense, but it's the name painted on one of the trucks that feature prominently in the film mostly shot on location in Mexico. Four men, fugitives from civilization, are barely surviving as they work for an oil company; their chance to get out comes when an oil fire must be put out by nitro glycerine - they're hired to drive the trucks to the fire. Sorcerer isn't a patch on Clouzot's film, but it has some amazingly impressive scenes all of them achieved without the digital effects available to today's filmmakers. The cast, headed by Roy Scheider, give gritty, tenacious performances, and the suspense builds to a tremendously effective climax. It's well worth catching this restored print on the big screen.