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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 & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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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:

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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Trivia

This film's opening prologue states: "Popular resistance to a series of unpopular dictators was growing in Nicaragua for over 50 years. By the Spring of 1979, Nicaraguans from all walks of life joined together in a final attempt to overthrow President Anastasio "Tacho" Somoza. As the fighting got worse in Central America, journalists throughout the world began to realize they could become a major international story". See more »

Goofs

When Russell and Claire pose for a photo while Alex is on stage at the club after they all first arrive in Nicaragua, the physical picture is from the wrong perspective and distance as it's a freeze frame of the scene taken from the actual movie. See more »

Quotes

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

Referenced in Django Unchained (2012) See more »

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Our Love May Never See Tomorrow
Written by Peggy Turner
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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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Country:

USA | Mexico

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 October 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Under Fire 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

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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