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Under the Volcano (1984)

R | | Drama | 13 June 1984 (USA)
The last 24 hours in the life of Geoffrey Firmin, a lonely, depressed English consul who retreats to alcohol for solace.

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Dr. Vigil (as Ignacio Lopez Tarzo)
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Senora Gregoria
James Villiers ...
Brit
Dawson Bray ...
Quincey
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Bustamante
Jim McCarthy ...
Gringo
José René Ruiz ...
Dwarf (as Rene Ruiz 'Tun-Tun')
Eleazar Garcia Jr. ...
Chief of Gardens
Salvador Sánchez ...
Chief of Stockyards (as Salvador Sanchez)
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Chief of Municipality (as Sergio Calderon)
Araceli Ladewuen Castelun ...
Maria
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Diosdado (as Emilio Fernandez)
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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 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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Bajo el volcán  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$31,000, 17 June 1984, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,556,800
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Two documentaries have been made about the making of this film. They are Observations Under the Volcano (1984) directed by Christian Blackwood and Notes from Under the Volcano (1984) directed by Gary Conklin. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Geoffrey Firmin: The whole world will learn to laugh at the sight of stinking cadavers. Oh, ha! Ha! Ha! Bloody, ha! Ha! Ha!
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Referenced in Baja (1995) See more »

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One man's ruin
30 March 2006 | by See all my reviews

Albert Finney's performance of alcoholism is shattering and spot on. This movie should be required as adjunctive therapy in the field of alcoholism recovery. The feeling of hopelessness that permeates this movie makes it an experience the viewer should be advised about.

This movie packs a punch and Finney's performance is as exact and nuanced as is possible. His posture, his mental states, emotions, facial expressions, use of language, clothing, physicality are completely consistent with those of an alcoholic in an advanced stage of the disease.

Although it's a one-man movie, the other main players act exactly as real people do when dealing with alcoholics and portray the emotions and feelings that surround alcoholic situations.

This movie is definitely not a walk in the park.


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