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Under Fire (1983)

R | | Drama, War | 21 October 1983 (USA)
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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Journalist
Ella Laboriel ...
Nightclub Singer
Samuel Zarzosa ...
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Jonathan Zarzosa ...
Jazz Combo: piano
Raul Picasso ...
Jazz Combo: bass
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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Jerry Goldsmith's entire end title music for this film is used to score a sequence in Django Unchained. See more »

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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 »

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[first lines]
Russell Price: Can I get a ride?
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Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most
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Lyrics by Fran Landesman
Music by Tommy Wolf
Sung by Gene Hackman with jazz combo
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Fantastic, yet slightly fictionalized account
3 October 2001 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

As a Nicaraguan-American who lived there during the opening thunderclaps of the full scale Sandinista revolt, I must say I was extremely impressed with this movie as a whole. Although it takes a slight turn to the political left, it manages to keep the story on an even keel and not embelish so.

It is interesting that by far the truest insight is delivered by the cynical French opportunist. Tyranny and oppression lay on both sides of the political fence. If the right hand doesn't get you, the left one will. When the FSLN took power in 1979, they immediately announced their communist regime much to the chagrin of the populace (personally, I believe in this crazy little thing called "freedom").

The people who were just liberated from 40 years of right wing (US supported) tyranny, now had it from the (Soviet supported) left, and then some. Proof of this was the mass exodus of Nicas to other places, and the (US backed, of course) "Contra" rebels, made up of former Sandinistas who immediately took up arms against their former comrades, and fought for a proper democracy, which was finally achieved when the USSR folded its cards in the late 80s.

Nicaragua was then free.


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