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Under the Volcano (1984)

R | | Drama | 13 June 1984 (USA)
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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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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John Huston never knew Malcolm Lowry, the author of the novel Under the Volcano. However, John Huston said that he read a biography about Malcolm Lowry to which he read some names of people who were friends with him and Malcolm Lowry. See more »

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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

Yvonne Firmin: They look so serene.
Geoffrey Firmin: Our ever present guardian angels.
Yvonne Firmin: Popocatépetl and his sleeping lady. We should pay them a visit.
Geoffrey Firmin: Now, that's the spirit. After the bulls, we'll pop up old Popo and look into the hot heart of the volcano.
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Referenced in Wanderlust (2006) See more »

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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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