Under the Volcano (1984)

R  |   |  Drama  |  13 June 1984 (USA)
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Against a background of war breaking out in Europe and the Mexican fiesta Day of Death, we are taken through one day in the life of Geoffrey Firmin, a British consul living in alcoholic ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Vigil (as Ignacio Lopez Tarzo)
James Villiers ...
Dawson Bray ...
Carlos Riquelme ...
Jim McCarthy ...
José René Ruiz ...
Dwarf (as Rene Ruiz 'Tun-Tun')
Eleazar Garcia Jr. ...
Chief of Gardens
Salvador Sánchez ...
Chief of Stockyards (as Salvador Sanchez)
Chief of Municipality (as Sergio Calderon)
Araceli Ladewuen Castelun ...
Diosdado (as Emilio Fernandez)


Against a background of war breaking out in Europe and the Mexican fiesta Day of Death, we are taken through one day in the life of Geoffrey Firmin, a British consul living in alcoholic disrepair and obscurity in a small southern Mexican town in 1939. The Consul's self-destructive behaviour, perhaps a metaphor for a menaced civilization, is a source of perplexity and sadness to his nomadic, idealistic half-brother, Hugh, and his ex-wife, Yvonne, who has returned with hopes of healing Geoffrey and their broken marriage. Written by Eric Wees <eric_wees@ccmail.chin.doc.ca>

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No se puede vivir sin amar. (One cannot live without love.)




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This film was made and released about 37 years afters its source semi-autobiographical novel by Malcolm Lowry was first published in 1947. The book was often said to have been unadaptable and unfilmable. Still, the novel was adapted to radio by Studio One in 1947. The first draft of the book was written in 1936, the second in 1939, the latter being rejected by four publishers. The third draft was written around 1941 and was rejected by twelve publishers. With a complete revision, a fourth draft was written in 1946 and the novel first published in 1947. Reportedly though, there was a version of the novel written in 1940 and this was first published in 1994 under the slightly different title of "The 1940 Under the Volcano". See more »


The story takes place in 1939, but the car driven by James Villiers that almost hits Albert Finney as he is lying in the road is an MG-TF, which was manufactured between 1953 and 1956. See more »


Geoffrey Firmin: There is nothing more real than magic.
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fantastic portrayal of alcoholic depression
17 April 2005 | by (Rain City, Pacific Northwest) – See all my reviews

I saw this film several times in the late 1980's and always thought that Albert Finney's performance was great but now, watching it all these years later in the very city in which it was set and shot I am convinced that Finney's performance is one of the greatest depictions of alcoholism EVER! Only Nicolas Cage in Leaving Las Vegas has done as well of a job of capturing the emotionalism and physical mannerisms of a drunk. I haven't read the novel (yet) but I think John Huston (no stranger to the effects of massive alcohol consumption himself) was probably the right choice to direct this tale of an alcoholic British consul drinking himself senseless in Mexico on the eve of WW2. Anyone interested in top-notch acting should see this film. Albert Finney was nominated for an Oscar, and in my opinion, he should have won! BRAVO, Mr Finney!

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