MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 28,071 this week

Beyond All Limits (1959)
"Flor de mayo" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  9 July 1959 (Mexico)
6.9
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.9/10 from 51 users  
Reviews: 2 user

In the Mexican fishing village of Topolobampo, a man has his pride and a woman has her reputation. Pepe, a hothead jailed once for violence, is tested when a drunken sailor's chance remark ... See full summary »

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Picks: August

IMDb's editors share the movies and TV shows they recommend for August 2014.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 103 titles
created 11 months ago
 
a list of 6727 titles
created 7 months ago
 
a list of 14 titles
created 4 months ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Beyond All Limits (1959)

Beyond All Limits (1959) on IMDb 6.9/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Beyond All Limits.
1 nomination. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

War | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The true life's story of Juana Gallo. A woman who rose to become one of the leaders of the Mexican revolution.

Director: Miguel Zacarías
Stars: María Félix, Jorge Mistral, Luis Aguilar
Kill a Dragon (1967)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

Chinese villagers hire a mercenary and his team of karate experts to help rid them of a gangster and his henchman who are threatening their island.

Director: Michael D. Moore
Stars: Jack Palance, Fernando Lamas, Aldo Ray
Sudden Fear (1952)
Film-Noir | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

After an ambitious actor insinuates himself into the life of a wealthy middle-aged playwright and marries her, he plots with his mistress to murder her.

Director: David Miller
Stars: Joan Crawford, Jack Palance, Gloria Grahame
The Big Knife (1955)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Charles Castle is a successful Hollywood actor who has opted for screen success over art. He must make critical decisions regarding his career, his marriage, his art & morality. In this ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Aldrich
Stars: Jack Palance, Ida Lupino, Wendell Corey
Adventure | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A bookkeeper for a jeweler steals a priceless jewel and flees across Europe. A detective tracking her across the continent soon discovers that he's not the only one looking for her and ... See full summary »

Director: John Gilling
Stars: Jack Palance, Anita Ekberg, Nigel Patrick
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Aging gunslinger Jacob Wade hopes to settle down with his estranged son, but his old enemies have other plans for him.

Director: Henry Levin
Stars: Jack Palance, Anthony Perkins, Neville Brand
Doña Macabra (1972)
Thriller | Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Director: Roberto Gavaldón
Stars: Marga López, Héctor Suárez, Carmen Montejo
Romance | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Director: Emilio Fernández
Stars: Dolores del Rio, Pedro Armendáriz, Alberto Galán
War | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

In German-occupied Italy during World War II, an American paratrooper on a mission to blow up a bridge enlists the help of five Italians just released from a military prison, and a sexy Italian girl who joined up with them along the road.

Director: Leopoldo Savona
Stars: Jack Palance, Giovanna Ralli, Serge Reggiani
Contempt (1963)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Screenwriter Paul Javal's marriage to his wife Camille disintegrates during movie production as she spends time with the producer. Layered conflicts between art and business ensue.

Director: Jean-Luc Godard
Stars: Brigitte Bardot, Jack Palance, Michel Piccoli
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Arnie Judlow, an inmate at San Quentin prison serving a life sentence for murder, devises a daring plan with his wife and his brother Bill to help him escape, part of which involves Bill ... See full summary »

Director: Russell Rouse
Stars: Jack Palance, Harold J. Stone, Edward Platt
Musical | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Tongolele is the name of an exotic dancer who is the main attraction at a club in Mexico City. She plans to marry a newspaperman. The club owner is upset about this since he doesn't want to... See full summary »

Director: Roberto Gavaldón
Stars: Yolanda Montes, David Silva, Manuel Arvide
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
María Félix ...
Magdalena Gamboa
...
Jim Gatsby
...
Pepe Gamboa
Juan Múzquiz ...
Pepito (as Juanito Múzquiz)
Carlos Montalbán ...
Nacho
...
Pendergrest
Jorge Martínez de Hoyos ...
Rafael Ortega
Emma Roldán ...
Carmela
Domingo Soler ...
Sacerdote
Humberto Almazán
Agustín Fernández
Enrique Lucero
Pedro Galván
Alberto Pedret
José Torvay
Edit

Storyline

In the Mexican fishing village of Topolobampo, a man has his pride and a woman has her reputation. Pepe, a hothead jailed once for violence, is tested when a drunken sailor's chance remark gets him doubting that his wife Magdalena's child is his. After a six-year absence, gringo Jim Gatsby is in town with a scheme to make a lot of money using a depth reader to locate schools of shrimp: he'll wait outside the limits of Mexican waters and shrimpers will bring him their catch. It's illegal, but should be foolproof. The fishing scheme goes awry as Pepe's jealousy consumes him. If adults think only of themselves, can a child's innocence save anyone? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

A startling story of one moment of Burning Ecstacy! See more »

Genres:

Drama

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

9 July 1959 (Mexico)  »

Also Known As:

Beyond All Limits  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

|

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A visual and emotional stunner
18 February 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Favorite: Flor de Mayo (1959) (Cozumel Films, Ventura Distr.)

I found this recent DVD which apparently is widely AVAILABLE now. It is in Spanish but with my high school and post school Spanish I thoroughly enjoyed this stunning movie filmed in Topolobampo, Sinaloa.

Cinematography is by the legendary Gabriel Figueroa (John Ford's The Fugitive, 1947) . This is also a chance to see the great María Félix (at age ~44) and Pedro Armendáriz along with Paul Stewart (Citizen Kane).

Jack was ~ 39 at the time of filming but Félix and Palance seem much younger. It is quite an artsy film effort and a somewhat different kind of role for Palance. He does refer to himself as a lesser pirate (una pirata menor) when young Pepito asks him if he really is a pirate. The movie has a terrific close (you might cry).

People will probably ask for and search the English version which came out about 1960 under the title Beyond All Limits. The scenes may be different and it might be worth it if there is additional magnificent footage from Gabriel Figueroa. Being a life scientist/student of the Sea of Cortez I was looking for a surrealistic scene of Jack running thru a forest of giant columnar cardón cacti which I recall from some movie that saw many years ago (1960s on a b/w TV in Tucson when I was a student). Maybe, my memory is faulty.

The film was totally different from what I expected and I do not understand why it is not mentioned more. I understand that Jack speaks 6 languages including Spanish, Italian, French along with Ukrainian and Russian and English. He speaks great Spanish and the movie is considered by some as one of the better Mexican movies of the 1950s.

I am going to look for other Gabriel Figueroa works (Night of the Iguana, La Perla, others) as I realize now that movies are really a visual thing....


5 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Beyond All Limits (1959) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?