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Beyond the Limit (1983)

The Honorary Consul (original title)
A doctor moves to Latin America where he befriends people in high places, but an affair with the wrong woman could jeopardize everything.

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Leon (as Joaquim De Almeida)
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Aquino
Stephanie Cotsirilos ...
Marta
Domingo Ambriz ...
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Pablo (as Eric Valdez)
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Belfrage: British Ambassador
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Dr. Humphries
Jorge Russek ...
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Senora Sanchez (as Josefina Echanove)
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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 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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30 September 1983 (USA)  »

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Beyond the Limit  »

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$11,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,208,976, 2 October 1983, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$5,997,566
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One of a few films, where Richard Gere, during his male sex symbol period, between the late 1970s and mid 1980s. The pictures include Breathless (1983), No Mercy (1986), American Gigolo (1980), Beyond the Limit (1983), and Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977). See more »

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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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Amoral and Cold
25 December 2015 | by See all my reviews

In Argentina, Dr. Eduardo Plarr (Richard Gere) is a medical doctor with a Paraguayan deceased mother and an English revolutionary father that is imprisoned in Paraguay. He unsuccessfully tries to get news about his father with his acquaintance Colonel Perez (Bob Hoskins). One night, he is summoned to attend the alcoholic British Honorary Consul Charley Fortnum (Michael Caine) in a brothel where he sees a beautiful young prostitute but she goes with another man. When he returns to the Whitehouse, he learns that the prostitute Clara (Elpidia Carrillo) left the place. One day, Charley calls him to examine his wife, and when Eduard turns the light of the room on, he sees that Charley married Clara. Soon he meets her in a store and buys an expensive sunglass to her. Clara goes with him to his apartment and they begin a love affair. When Clara becomes pregnant, Charley believes that the baby is his. Meanwhile Eduardo's childhood friend Leon (Joaquim De Almeida) visits him in his office and tells that his father is alive in Paraguay. Further, he tells that he plans to abduct the American ambassador and exchange him per political prisoners in Paraguay including his father. However he needs inside information about the visit of the ambassador. What will Eduardo do?

"The Honorary Consul" is a dramatic thriller with romance that does not work well. Eduardo is an unethical doctor and amoral man. His relationship with Clara is cold and he betrays Charley with a great cynicism. The film does not work well and the conclusion is predictable. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "O Cônsul Honorário" ("The Honorary Consul")


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