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Director:
Writers:
Graham Greene (novel)
Christopher Hampton (screenplay)
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Release Date:
30 September 1983 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
First they betrayed him. Then they gambled with his life. [UK Theatrical] See more »
Plot:
Dr. Eduardo Plarr, despite the name is an Anglo working in a Latin American country. His work is a return home after several years... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 1 nomination See more »
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(13 articles)
R.I.P. Bob Hoskins
 (From Dark Horizons. 30 April 2014, 7:11 AM, PDT)

Bob Hoskins, 'Roger Rabbit' Star, Dead at 71
 (From Rolling Stone. 30 April 2014, 6:49 AM, PDT)

Bob Hoskins dies aged 71
 (From ScreenDaily. 30 April 2014, 6:32 AM, PDT)

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Subtle approach to be appreciated See more (12 total) »

Cast

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Directed by
John Mackenzie 
 
Writing credits
Graham Greene (novel "The Honorary Consul")

Christopher Hampton (screenplay)

Produced by
Richard F. Dalton .... associate producer
Norma Heyman .... producer
 
Original Music by
Stanley Myers 
 
Cinematography by
Phil Meheux 
 
Film Editing by
Stuart Baird 
 
Casting by
Mary Selway 
Joy Todd 
 
Production Design by
Allan Cameron 
 
Art Direction by
Terry Pritchard 
 
Costume Design by
Barbara Lane 
 
Makeup Department
Nick Dudman .... makeup artist
Tony Lloyd .... makeup artist
Mike Lockey .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Anuar Badin .... production manager: Mexico
Graham Ford .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Simon Hinkly .... assistant director
Melvin Lind .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Paul Bradburn .... propman
Ricardo Gil .... property master: Mexico
Xavier Rodríguez .... art director: Mexico
Ian Whittaker .... set dresser
 
Sound Department
Alan Bell .... dubbing editor
John Chandler .... boom operator
David John .... sound recordist
Hugh Strain .... dubbing mixer
 
Special Effects by
Federico Farfán .... special effects: Mexico (as Frederico Farfan)
 
Stunts
Buddy Joe Hooker .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Adam Cooper .... clapper loader
Clive Coote .... still photographer
Jorge Covarrubias .... chief grip: Mexico
Frank Elliott .... focus puller
Luke Quigley .... chief grip
Jimmy Turrell .... camera operator
 
Casting Department
Claudia Becker .... casting: Mexico
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Alfonso Govea .... wardrobe man: Mexico
Juana Oliver .... wardrobe mistress: Mexico
 
Editorial Department
David de Wilde .... additional editor
Mark Gill .... second assistant editor
Carlos Puente .... assistant editor: Mexico
Russ Woolnough .... assistant editor
Tony Tromp .... trainee assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Amazulu .... additional musician: "Nuya Deya"
Michael Clifford .... music editor
Richard Harvey .... composer: additional music
John Williams .... musician: title song
 
Other crew
Sheala Daniell .... assistant accountant
Penny Eyles .... continuity
Alejandro Ferrer .... location manager: Mexico
Beryl Harvey .... production assistant
Alejandra Hernández .... production assistant: Mexico
Alex Richards .... production accountant
Mike Russell .... unit publicist (as Michael Russell)
Tom Todoroff .... dialogue coach (as Thomas C. Todoroff)
Annabelle Webb .... secretary to producer
 
Thanks
Neville C. Thompson .... special thanks
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Also Known As:
"The Honorary Consul" - UK (original title)
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Runtime:
104 min | West Germany:102 min
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Trivia:
About six hundred actresses were interviewed for the role of Clara. Mexican actress Elpidia Carrillo was cast in the movie after having recently appeared with Jack Nicholson in The Border (1982).See more »
Quotes:
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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Movie Connections:
Version of Honorární konzul (1991) (TV)See more »

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9 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Subtle approach to be appreciated, 4 October 1999
Author: James Christopher Wierzbicki (filmbuff-31) from Salida, California, U.S.A.

This is a mildly interesting picture for viewers who like a hint of subtlety to spice their viewing experience. The problem is that this film also contains quite a lot of uneven action and performances.

The action is based upon a book by Graham Greene, a morality tale in which Greene shows how a seemingly mild injustice leads to catastrophic consequences for an apparently innocent man. The movie details the relationship between Dr. Plarr and the British "Honorary Consul" and the consul's wife. The movie, true to the original author's intent, makes this relationship central to the plot development. Greene wants to show how this relationship reveals a tragic flaw in his protagonist. On this level the movie succeeds, but there are too many loose ends in the plot and some lackluster performances. In the final analysis, though it starts nobly, the movie does not accomplish what it set out to do: i.e., bring a faithful adap- tation of Graham Greene to the big screen. It does not do justice to the subtle, thoughtful perspective of Greene's novel.

Dr. Plarr, played by Richard Gere, certainly is the amoral character Greene intended him to be. But this role, as directed in this movie, appears to be a vehicle for Richard Gere. It is drawn in the mold of movies that Gere had worked on at that time. These include movies such as "American Gigolo" and "Breathless." To turn the character of Dr. Plarr into a showcase for Richard Gere represents a totally inappropriate intrusion of the director into the story's subject matter.

To make matters worse, Gere plays his role mechanically, without passion, almost as though he were reading his lines directly from the script or sleepwalking through them. He is emotionally uninvolved in his character.

The revolutionaries in the picture are similarly unengaging characters. One has a hard time seeing how anyone could support their cause. This is chiefly because the movie does not do a satisfactory job of explaining who or what the group is fighting against. As a result, it is not clear with any accuracy just what the group is fighting for. The movie resorts to cliches here. We are supposed to believe that a Latin American dictator has been committing atrocities, but what effective recourse the revolutionaries have against him is never fully explained. The action that follows becomes muddled and the the motivations of the characters confused.

The one character who is neither confused nor mechanical is the honorary consul, played by Michael Caine in an outstanding per- formance. Charley Fortnum first comes across as a boozing has-been, but in the end, he is the voice of reason and humanity in the face of an insane, inhuman mess. His is also the voice of mercy in the picture.

"Beyond the Limit" may not be as thoughtfully developed as it should be, but it is interesting to see the film's producers try to convey the important moral message of the original novel. I give it two stars.

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