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First film as a producer for Norma Heyman. Heyman had tried for years to get this movie made ever since she first read the novel back in the early 1970s. Heyman was turned down by the majority of Hollywood film studios. Proper development on the film began when, after a chance meeting with actor Richard Gere at a New York restaurant, Gere was sent the script, and showed interested in doing the film. See more »
Michael Caine befriends Richard Gere who beds his wife
"Beyond the Limit" is a film adaptation of Graham Greene's novel "The Honorary Consul", which was the movie's original title.
Graham Greene (1904-1991) was one of the best writers of the 20th century and maybe any century. His material is so strong that a movie based on his work becomes a question almost of doing no harm. And if it manages not to do any harm, then the Greene stamp will emerge and the movie will succeed. In this case, the movie comfortably brings us into Greene's world, giving us its inherent tensions, its quandaries, its love and lack of it, its frustrations, its regrets, its transgressions, and its all too limited human beings who nevertheless inch toward moral progress while learning the lessons of life.
Michael Caine is simply superb as the honorary British consul, an alcoholic in an out of the way city in northern Argentina, near Paraguay. Bob Hoskins is the calm and observant colonel who keeps order against rebels and communists with brutal methods. He is friendly with Richard Gere's character, who is a doctor of mixed blood, half English, half Paraguayan.
It is only as the story proceeds that we gather the insights into the moral characters of the two main characters, those of Caine and Gere. Two main events bring this out. Gere beds Caine's young wife (Clara), but his absence of real love for her appears when she gets pregnant and he raises the possibility of an abortion disguised as a miscarriage. She wants the child, however, and he coldly asks her "Why?" Asked whether he loved his father, he answers "Probably". The other event is that Gere is drawn into a kidnapping attempt by rebels in which Caine mistakenly is snatched.
Gere seduces Caine's wife, but surprisingly finds love may be awakening in himself. He even begins to feel pangs of conscience, despite his lack of strong belief in anything, for Caine, who regards him as a friend.
In Greene's world, there are no outright heroes or villains. Everyone, even the amateur rebels, have the capacity to learn and progress morally. It may be minimal progress. Events may cut their lives short. Numerous frustrations, snares and difficulties may emerge, but there are glimmers of light and movement. Still, this world is typically hot, humid, rainy, beset with political problems, and not easily molded if at all, into any kind of order. Think "The Third Man", written by Greene.
"Beyond the Limit" is far from being another "The Third Man", but it is a welcome film based on Greene's work.
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