#80. The Wages of Fear (1953)

- Director: Henri-Georges Clouzot

- Stacker score: 86

- Metascore: 85

- IMDb user rating: 8.1

- Runtime: 131 min

This French-Italian production is set in a fictional and remote Latin American town where villagers live in squalor, exploited by the American oil company based there. The film is famous for edge-of-your-seat suspense as truck drivers, hired for the dangerous mission, travel over rough terrain with loads of nitroglycerin. The film captures the futility of living under capitalism and provided the template for action films with a bomb-on-board plotline.

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