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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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Dr. Vigil (as Ignacio Lopez Tarzo)
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Eleazar Garcia Jr. ...
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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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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 »

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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 »

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Geoffrey Firmin: No si puede vivir sin amar.
Yvonne Firmin: What?
Geoffrey Firmin: One cannot live without love.
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One Hell of a Shocking Finale
8 April 2003 | by (Washington DC) – See all my reviews

It is the finale of this film that redeems any possible weakness of the story one may entertain in one's mind as one views this film. The ending is so overwhelming, I had to watch it again at once. I then rewatched parts of the film just to luxuriate in the brilliant acting of Albert Finney. This is truly a masterpiece. There have been some criticisms of Ms. Bisset's acting etc, but this is small potatoes compared to the sheer genius of this story and its' realization. The music in the opening credits sets the tone and immediately draws you into the film. You know something profound will happen in the film and to you as you watch this film. Highly Recommended.


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