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Under Fire (1983)

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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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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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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

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

Goofs

In the dark room of the guerrilla base the rays of sunlight are cast in two different directions, probably to form an appropriate atmosphere, however it is not possible in natural conditions. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Russell Price: Can I get a ride?
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Soundtracks

Moonlight in Vermont
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Lyrics by John Blackburn
Music by Karl Suessdorf
Sung by Ella Laboriel with jazz combo
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War reporter must choose between his heart and his head
19 July 2001 | by marc4ucbSee all my reviews

This movie really hits the mark in many ways. It's the best movie of its genre. In the opening scene in some unspecified African civil war Nick Nolte, war journalist, discovers Ed Harris, mercenary, riding in the wrong truck surrounded by his enemies. Harris hasn't realized that after the confusion of the battle he climbed in a truck of soldiers from the opposite side. They in turn haven't realized that Harris isn't their mercenary. Harris says, `I guess they'd really be p***ed if they knew.' This scene sets the theme for the movie perfectly. Not only doesn't the mercenary care which side he is on, but it is implied that the sides are pretty much interchangeable and it doesn't much matter who's truck we climb in. This is pretty much Nolte's attitude as he travels from one war to another. We begin to suspect he isn't that different from Harris. But affairs in Nicaragua make his neutrality seem immoral and he is forced to choose between his journalistic ethics and his humanitarian ones.

Great writing is matched by great acting from Hackman, Harris and Nolte and Johanna Cassidy.


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