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Beyond the Limit (1983)

The Honorary Consul (original title)
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During Dirty War, half-English doctor in Argentina befriends the police, the rebels and the alcoholic Honorary British Consul, whose Latino wife he seduces. When the consul is mistakenly kidnapped by the rebels, he must pick a side.

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Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Consul Charley Fortnum
... Dr. Eduardo Plarr
... Colonel Perez
... Clara
... Leon (as Joaquim De Almeida)
... Aquino
Stephanie Cotsirilos ... Marta
Domingo Ambriz ... Diego
Eric F. Valdez ... Pablo (as Eric Valdez)
Nicolás Jasso ... Miguel (as Nicolas Jasso)
... British Ambassador Sir Henry Belfrage
Leonard Maguire ... Dr. Humphries
Jorge Russek ... Senor Escobar
Erika Carlsen ... Senora Escobar
... Senora Sanchez (as Josefina Echanove)
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During the rule of brutal right wing military juntas in Paraguay and Argentina, Dr. Eduardo Plarr, half-English and half-Paraguayan medical doctor, returns from Buenos Aires to work in the small town of Corrientes, Argentina, where he first arrived after his escape from Paraguay years earlier. He quickly begins to form new friendships such as the one with the alcoholic British Honorary Consul, Charley Fortnum, whose beautiful Argentinian wife, a former high-class prostitute named Clara, Eduardo seduces and they have a passionate affair. He also re-establishes old ones like the one with junta's Colonel Perez and Leon, a former priest turned rebel leader, who also happens to be Eduardo's childhood friend from Paraguay. All of this comes together to create a serious problem for Eduardo when he is asked to help the rebels kidnap the US ambassador, who's coming to visit Corrientes and whose kidnapping might force the US to force the Paraguayan junta to release several political prisoners, ... Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Based on GRAHAM GREENE's famous novel [Australia home video] See more »


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30 September 1983 (USA)  »

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Beyond the Limit  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,208,976, 2 October 1983, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$5,997,566
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1.85 : 1
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One of two mid-1980s political thrillers, involving terrorism, featuring a lead character, who is named or nicknamed "Charlie"/"Charley". The films are Beyond the Limit (1983), starring Michael Caine as Honorary Consul Charles "Charley" Fortnum, and The Little Drummer Girl (1984), starring Diane Keaton as "Charlie". See more »

Quotes

Colonel Perez: Who is in here?
Dr. Eduardo Plarr: Signora Fortnum.
Colonel Perez: Oh, I see... Is this why you've been lying to me?
Dr. Eduardo Plarr: An affair always involves a few lies.
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Version of Honorární konzul (1991) See more »

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Nuya Deya
Composed & played by Amazulu
By courtesy of Towerbell Records Ltd.
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My brief review of the film
25 July 2005 | by See all my reviews

Intriguing music and lighting choices with some good camera movement and angles keep this film relatively interesting on an audio and visual level. However, they do not compensate for the film having quite a limited story of just a lightly developed romance during political unrest. There are political themes and morality issues in it, however they are not too well explained. It is also far too slowly paced, dragging between the story action. It is not a bad film though, and it is arguably interesting to watch… however it misses the mark for greatness. Despite Caine and Hoskins receiving BAFTA nominations for their roles, it is Gere who delivers the most effectively.


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