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(1983)

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WILHELM SCREAM: when a man is thrown off an elephant in the beginning of the film
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This film was part of a cycle of pictures made during the 1980s that featured journalists covering war. The movies include Salvador (1986), Under Fire (1983), Circle of Deceit [Circle of Deceit (1981)], Witness in the War Zone (1987), Cry Freedom (1987), The Killing Fields (1984) and The Year of Living Dangerously (1982).
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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.
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One of two mid 1980s movies featuring photo-journalists covering war in Latin America. The other film was Salvador (1986).
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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.
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Appearing in a role as a reporter was Holly Palance who was the spouse of the film's director Roger Spottiswoode.
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First American film of French actor Jean-Louis Trintignant.
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This film's opening prologue states: "Popular resistance to a series of unpopular dictators was growing in Nicaragua for over 50 years. By the Spring of 1979, Nicaraguans from all walks of life joined together in a final attempt to overthrow President Anastasio "Tacho" Somoza. As the fighting got worse in Central America, journalists throughout the world began to realize they could become a major international story".
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First produced screenplay as a writer for writer-producer-director Ron Shelton who later became a director.
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The movie is partially based on true events in Nicaragua. In 1979, the dictatorship of Anastasio Somoza Debayle was overthrown by Sandanista leftist rebels. Gene Hackman's character, Alex Grazier, is based on ABC News reporter Bill Stewart. On June 20, 1979, Stewart was traveling in a van that was stopped at a checkpoint in Managua, the capitol city of Nicaragua. Although he identified himself as an American journalist, Stewart was shot and killed by soldiers of the Nicaraguan National Guard, the main force behind Somoza's dictatorship. As depicted in the film, the murder was filmed by Stewart's cameraman, and was later broadcast repeatedly on U.S. TV news reports. Public outrage over the murder forced the U.S. Government to drop its military support of the Somoza regime. In July, 1979, Somoza resigned and fled to Paraguay, where he was later assassinated by Sandanista hit men in September, 1980.
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