The Super 70 Podcast
The Super 70 Podcast
Dylan Davis
34 Sorcerer (1977)
2 hour 6 minutes Posted Oct 15, 2023 at 9:49 am.
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Hot off the success of the ninth highest grossing movie of all time, William Friedkin abandoned a film about the Bermuda Triangle to focus on a re-interpretation of the George Arnaud novel “The Wages of Fear.” Every possible thing went wrong during every stage of production. Stars dropped out. The budget ballooned. Friedkin fired needed personnel. The shoot stretched past 90 days. Largely ignored in the wake of the release of Star Wars a month earlier, Sorcerer has in the decades since been re-appraised as one of Friedkin’s best films. Ostensibly about four criminals in hiding delivering unstable dynamite to an oil well on fire, Friedkin uses the parable to convey how the different nations of the world have to join together to get the job done... or die in the process. Join me and Dave Anderson as we break down the rhyme and reason of the film that derailed “Hurricane Billy’s” career.
Works Cited
Friedkin, WIlliam. The Freidkin Connection: A Memoir. Harper 2013
Segaloff, Nat Hurricane Billy. William Morrow 1990