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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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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 ...
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Raul Picasso ...
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Oswaldo Doria ...
Boy Photographer
Fernando Elizondo ...
Businessman
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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Drama | War

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21 October 1983 (USA)  »

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Bajo fuego  »

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$9,500,000 (estimated)

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$5,700,000 (USA)
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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 »

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In the opening scene in Chad Asian elephants are used by the rebel troops (instead of African elephants living in that area, who are not especially known for their suitability for domestication) clearly identifiable by their smaller ears and the hair on their forehead. See more »

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Russell Price: Can I get a ride?
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Referenced in Tales from the Script (2009) See more »

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The Sandinista Hymn
Music by 'Carlos Mejia' (as Carlos Mejia Godoy)
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Outstanding writing and acting in a credible milieu.
2 April 2001 | by (Southern New Jersey, USA) – See all my reviews

"Under Fire" is a well-written, well-acted piece, showing photo-journalists operating in the milieu of insurrections in Chad, then Nicaragua. Watching Gene Hackman, Nick Nolte and Ed Harris perform together was a treat. And the writers gave them terrific lines. "This is a great war: good guys, bad guys, and lots of cheap shrimp." I especially liked when Hackman's character asked if Nolte's character had slept with Hackman's woman when their relationship hits the skids, and Nolte answers directly, "Hell no, Alex. We're friends." And you just know Nolte's character meant it, man to man. Great moment. Also appealing was the way third-world conflicts were portrayed as global brushfires; put out one here, while another flares up over there. Using the real civil war in Somoza's Nicaragua gives the film unexpected credibility. And probably in keeping with reality, Ed Harris has several memorable scenes as a pure mercenary, a globe-trotting soldier-for-hire, who shows up where the gun-battle action is. His last line is something like "See you in Laos". The beat goes on. -ejpede


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