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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 & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nick Nolte ... Russell Price
Ed Harris ... Oates
Gene Hackman ... Alex Grazier
Joanna Cassidy ... Claire
Alma Martinez ... Isela (as Alma Martínez)
Holly Palance ... Journalist
Ella Laboriel Ella Laboriel ... Nightclub Singer
Samuel Zarzosa Samuel Zarzosa ... Jazz Combo: drums
Jonathan Zarzosa Jonathan Zarzosa ... Jazz Combo: piano
Raul Picasso Raul Picasso ... Jazz Combo: bass
Oswaldo Doria Oswaldo Doria ... Boy Photographer
Fernando Elizondo Fernando Elizondo ... Businessman
Hamilton Camp ... Regis Seydor
Jean-Louis Trintignant ... Marcel Jazy
Richard Masur ... Hub Kittle
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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:

Dateline: Central America. The First Casualty of War is the Truth. See more »

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA | Mexico

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 October 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bajo fuego See more »

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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$5,696,391
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This movie was made and released about four years after the events of the Nicaraguan revolution depicted in the film occurred in 1979. American reporter Bill Stewart was killed by Nicaraguan soldiers at that time. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning, when Price is given a lift from the soldiers (Oates is among them), the shadow of the whole crew is cast on the scene. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Russell Price: Can I get a ride?
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Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #22.42 (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Moonlight in Vermont
(uncredited)
Lyrics by John Blackburn
Music by Karl Suessdorf
Sung by Ella Laboriel with jazz combo
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A sophisticated film
20 December 2001 | by tim_o_callaghanSee all my reviews

A sophisticated film with more than one level, while its sympathies obviously tend to lie with the Sandinistas, it also has the message that in war there are no moral absolutes, and raises some interesting dilemmas. Its portrayal of violence is brutally convincing without being gratuitously gory. One possible flaw in Nolte's character is that it's hard to believe that a man apparently given to fairly regular reckless behaviour would have lasted so long hanging around in war zones.


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