Sorcerer ★★★★

I had really been wanting to see this for the longest time and had the hardest time finding it and then suddenly found it through a weird service online so I was able to catch it.

I have been fascinated by this ever since I saw the first ad for it on TV when it came out. I recall being at the Fox Theater in Spokane watching something wholesome and age-appropriate when I had to go to the bathroom and saw the current askew in the theater playing Sorcerer. The scene that was playing was the scene from the poster and I was transfixed and watched as much as I could before getting back to my movie.

I have never appreciated The Wages of Fear for the tense action in the way I always have for this one. I recall that as having better characterization and drama, but this has always frightened me, perhaps because of my early exposure. I would love to be able to go back and see the whole thing in the theater as a ten-year-old boy and find out how I would react to the whole thing.

This is between Firedkin's early Exorcist and his later Cruising, which really makes for a powerful trio of movies (interspersed with the less-powerful Brinks Job) across seven years between 1973 and 1980.

I always forget how very political this is in ways that particularly prefigure and foreshadow the Nicaraguan Revolution but also touch on many subtler themes at the same time.

This is a remarkable movie and I hope I can see it again soon.

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