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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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Eleazar Garcia Jr. ...
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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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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 »

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: How, unless you drink as I do, can you hope to understand the beauty of an old indian woman playing dominoes with a chicken?
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Features Mad Love (1935) See more »

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It does something
16 January 1999 | by (Etten-Leur, The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

An ex-colleague of mine once recommended this movie to me. When it was released in the cinemas he watched it several times, and he said that if i really was a movie freak, this was something i had to see. So, when a few weeks ago this movie was shown on TV in The Netherlands, i did. When i watched it i didn't know where the story was going, but when it ended and a week after it, it didn't get out of my head. After that week when i was doubting about it was a good or an average movie i ended up with the idea that it really is something special. Albert Finney is really great in this picture as an alcoholic (better than Nicolas Cage in "Leaving Las Vegas") and i totally agree with my ex-colleague that he is one of his favourite actors. It is not a movie for the masses, but when you are a movie-fanatic it is a must.


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