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Under Fire (1983)

R | | Drama, War | 21 October 1983 (USA)
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Three journalists in a romantic triangle are involved in political intrigue during the last days of the corrupt Somozoa regime in Nicaragua before it falls to a popular revolution in 1979.

Director:

Roger Spottiswoode

Writers:

Clayton Frohman (screenplay), Clayton Frohman (story) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nick Nolte ... Russell Price
Gene Hackman ... Alex Grazier
Joanna Cassidy ... Claire
Jean-Louis Trintignant ... Marcel Jazy
Richard Masur ... Hub Kittle
Ed Harris ... Oates
René Enríquez ... President Anastasio Somoza
Hamilton Camp ... Regis Seydor
Alma Martinez ... Isela (as Alma Martínez)
Jenny Gago ... Miss Panama
Eloy Casados ... Pedro (as Eloy Phil Casados)
Enrique Lucero ... Prison Priest
Monica Miguel ... Doctor
Holly Palance ... Journalist
Ella Laboriel Ella Laboriel ... Nightclub Singer
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Storyline

Nicaragua 1979: Star photographer Russel Price covers the civil war against president Somoza. Facing the cruel fighting - people versus army - it's often hard for him to stay neutral. When the Guerillas have him take a picture of the leader Rafael, who's believed to be dead, he gets drawn into the happenings. Together with his reporter friends Claire and Alex he has to hide from the army. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Taglines:

This wasn't their war but it was their story...and they wouldn't let it go! See more »

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Trivia

First American film of French actor Jean-Louis Trintignant. See more »

Goofs

In the opening scene in Chad Asian elephants are used by the rebel troops (instead of African elephants living in that area, who are not especially known for their suitability for domestication) clearly identifiable by their smaller ears and the hair on their forehead. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Russell Price: Can I get a ride?
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1979
Composed and Performed by Pat Metheny
Published by Pat-Meth Music Co. BMI
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Outstanding writing and acting in a credible milieu.
2 April 2001 | by ejpedeSee all my reviews

"Under Fire" is a well-written, well-acted piece, showing photo-journalists operating in the milieu of insurrections in Chad, then Nicaragua. Watching Gene Hackman, Nick Nolte and Ed Harris perform together was a treat. And the writers gave them terrific lines. "This is a great war: good guys, bad guys, and lots of cheap shrimp." I especially liked when Hackman's character asked if Nolte's character had slept with Hackman's woman when their relationship hits the skids, and Nolte answers directly, "Hell no, Alex. We're friends." And you just know Nolte's character meant it, man to man. Great moment. Also appealing was the way third-world conflicts were portrayed as global brushfires; put out one here, while another flares up over there. Using the real civil war in Somoza's Nicaragua gives the film unexpected credibility. And probably in keeping with reality, Ed Harris has several memorable scenes as a pure mercenary, a globe-trotting soldier-for-hire, who shows up where the gun-battle action is. His last line is something like "See you in Laos". The beat goes on. -ejpede


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Country:

USA | Mexico

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 October 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Chiapas, Mexico See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,837,768, 23 October 1983

Gross USA:

$5,696,391

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,696,391
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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