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Under Fire (1983)

 -  Drama | War  -  21 October 1983 (USA)
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Three journalists in a romantic triangle are involved in political intrigue during the last days of the corrupt Somozoa regime in Nicaragua before it falls to a popular revolution in 1979.

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Oates
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Alex Grazier
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Claire
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Isela (as Alma Martínez)
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Ella Laboriel ...
Nightclub Singer
Samuel Zarzosa ...
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Jonathan Zarzosa ...
Jazz Combo: piano
Raul Picasso ...
Jazz Combo: bass
Oswaldo Doria ...
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Fernando Elizondo ...
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Hamilton Camp ...
Regis Seydor
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Marcel Jazy
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Hub Kittle
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Nicaragua 1979: Star photographer Russel Price covers the civil war against president Somoza. Facing the cruel fighting - people versus army - it's often hard for him to stay neutral. When the Guerillas have him take a picture of the leader Rafael, who's believed to be dead, he gets drawn into the happenings. Together with his reporter friends Claire and Alex he has to hide from the army. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Dateline: Central America. The First Casualty of War is the Truth. See more »

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21 October 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bajo fuego  »

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$5,700,000 (USA)
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First American film of French actor Jean-Louis Trintignant. See more »

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Russell Price: Can I get a ride?
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Still very watchable movie
2 October 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I have revisited this film after many years, primarily to see the Gene Hackman that is and has always been and the Nick Nolte that was. The love triangle (Hackman/Cassidy/Nolte) is awkward and unnecessary but the pace of the events depicted are satisfyingly fast-moving and expertly set up. This particularly applies to the rooftop skirmishes early in the Nicaraguan scenes and especially the finale, when Nolte's photographer is hounded around town. The confrontation between Hackman's TV star and Somozas military is one of those "DID YOU SEE THAT" moments which are frightening because they are oh so believable. Hackman, Nolte and Cassidy apart, there are very very watchable performances from Ed Harris as an amoral globe-trotting mercenary and Jean Louis Trintignant as a deeply devious master manipulator. Like the other South American political classic "Salvador" this very good movie has impressively stood the test of time.


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