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Under Fire (1983)

R | | 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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alex Grazier
Isela (as Alma Martínez)
Ella Laboriel ...
Nightclub Singer
Samuel Zarzosa ...
Jazz Combo: drums
Jonathan Zarzosa ...
Jazz Combo: piano
Raul Picasso ...
Jazz Combo: bass
Oswaldo Doria ...
Boy Photographer
Fernando Elizondo ...
Hamilton Camp ...
Regis Seydor
Marcel Jazy
Hub Kittle


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 »


Drama | War


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Release Date:

21 October 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bajo fuego  »

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Box Office


$9,500,000 (estimated)


$5,700,000 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


This movie was made and released about four years after the events of the Nicaraguan revolution depicted in the film occurred in 1979. American reporter Bill Stewart was killed by Nicaraguan soldiers at that time. See more »


In the dark room of the guerrilla base the rays of sunlight are cast in two different directions, probably to form an appropriate atmosphere, however it is not possible in natural conditions. See more »


[first lines]
Russell Price: Can I get a ride?
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Referenced in Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream (2005) See more »


Our Love May Never See Tomorrow
Written by Peggy Turner
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A sophisticated film
20 December 2001 | by (Norwich,UK) – See all my reviews

A sophisticated film with more than one level, while its sympathies obviously tend to lie with the Sandinistas, it also has the message that in war there are no moral absolutes, and raises some interesting dilemmas. Its portrayal of violence is brutally convincing without being gratuitously gory. One possible flaw in Nolte's character is that it's hard to believe that a man apparently given to fairly regular reckless behaviour would have lasted so long hanging around in war zones.

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