“Sorcerer” opens in disorienting vogue with 4 globetrotting vignettes that introduce the principal characters. In Mexico, hitman Nilo (Francisco Rabal) calmly walks into an condominium and weapons down his goal. In Israel, a bunch of Palestinians engineer a terrorist assault in Jerusalem and are rounded up by the Israeli Defence Forces; solely Kassem (Amidou) manages to flee. Wealthy Parisian banker Victor Manzon (Bruno Cremer) faces monetary break and jail time when he’s charged with fraud, inflicting him to flee the nation and go away his cosmopolitan life-style and glamorous spouse behind. Lastly, Jackie Scanlon (Roy Scheider), a New Jersey criminal, is pressured to go on the lam from the mob after a theft goes disastrously mistaken.
Assuming faux identities and dwelling in self-exile from their house international locations, all 4 males discover themselves hiding out in a small village in Colombia. It’s a depressing and harmful existence, scraping a meager earnings and continuously wanting over their shoulder. They are trapped, too poor to afford a greater life anyplace else. In desperation, they take a hazardous job from a big American oil firm that’s integral to the area’s economic system. An oil properly has exploded and the one solution to comprise the hearth is to seal the breach with dynamite. The solely supply of explosives is a cachet of badly saved and dangerously unstable nitroglycerin held in a distant outpost over 200 miles away.
The firm wants 4 drivers ready to threat their lives transporting the lethal cargo in two heavy-duty vehicles, realizing full properly that the slightest vibration might trigger the sticks to blow up. The route forward is treacherous and fraught with potential catastrophe as they negotiate thick jungle, fallen timber, bandits, tropical storms, and a river crossing over a really previous rope bridge.