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Beyond the Limit (1983)

The Honorary Consul (original title)
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Dr. Eduardo Plarr, despite the name is an Anglo working in a Latin American country. His work is a return home after several years. He begins to form and re-establish friendships and begins... See full summary »



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Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Charley Fortnum, Consul
Leon (as Joaquim De Almeida)
Stephanie Cotsirilos ...
Domingo Ambriz ...
Eric F. Valdez ...
Pablo (as Eric Valdez)
Nicolás Jasso ...
Miguel (as Nicolas Jasso)
Leonard Maguire ...
Jorge Russek ...
Erika Carlsen ...
Josefina Echánove ...
Senora Sanchez (as Josefina Echanove)


Dr. Eduardo Plarr, despite the name is an Anglo working in a Latin American country. His work is a return home after several years. He begins to form and re-establish friendships and begins an affair. All of this comes together to create problems when he is asked to help revolutionaries kidnap a diplomat. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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First they betrayed him. Then they gambled with his life. [UK Theatrical] See more »


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Release Date:

30 September 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Beyond the Limit  »

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$11,800,000 (estimated)


$4,800,000 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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According to an article in the British Independent newspaper, "David Heyman: Man behind the magic", published on Saturday 2nd July 2011, the picture was the first time in history that a British woman produced an independent feature film entirely on her own. See more »


Colonel Perez: Is this why you've been lying to me?
Dr. Eduardo Plarr: An affair always involves a few lies.
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Version of Honorární konzul (1991) See more »

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One of the better Graham Greene adaptations
17 October 2004 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

The Honorary Consul/Beyond the Limit has an especially low reputation in the US, mainly because of the antipathy many feel to Richard Gere, but it's one of the best Graham Greene adaptations to date, and infinitely more successful than Philip Noyce's disappointing version of The Quiet American (which explores similar themes) with it's over-rated and rather lazily mechanical star-turn from Michael Caine. By contrast, Caine here is staggeringly good, totally inhabiting the character's flaws without 'giving a performance' - here he's inside the drunken Charlie Fortnum's skin completely and doesn't need to act. Gere certainly offers him better support than the disastrous Brendan Fraser, managing an acceptable English accent and capturing the character's emotional apathy. Bob Hoskins is also on top understated form as the local police chief, avoiding turning him into Senor Haroldo Shand and coming up with an amiably sympathetic but dangerous presence that owes nothing to his usual stock-in-trade characters.

The irony of timing of seeing a film about a fictional British hostage no-one wants back in the week after a real-life British hostage his government didn't want back was murdered in Iraq only occurred to me later. There are similarities (Caine's character even has a much-younger foreign wife while the Americans here also put pressure on the British government not to act), but being a Graham Greene story this is much more concerned with moral responsibility, lapsed Catholicism and, ultimately, an act of forgiveness that sees the film's nominally weakest and most compromised character emerge as it's strongest. Well directed by John Mackenzie with superb photography by Phil Meheux that compliment each other to give a convincing sense of everyday life in a military dictatorship, it's highly recommended despite the low IMDb rating.

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