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Under the Volcano (1984)

R | | Drama | 13 June 1984 (USA)
A day in the life of a self-destructive British consul in Mexico on the eve of World War II.

Director:

John Huston

Writers:

Malcolm Lowry (novel), Guy Gallo (screenplay)
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Albert Finney ... Geoffrey Firmin
Jacqueline Bisset ... Yvonne Firmin
Anthony Andrews ... Hugh Firmin
Ignacio López Tarso ... Dr. Vigil (as Ignacio Lopez Tarzo)
Katy Jurado ... Senora Gregoria
James Villiers ... Brit
Dawson Bray Dawson Bray ... Quincey
Carlos Riquelme ... Bustamante
Jim McCarthy Jim McCarthy ... Gringo
José René Ruiz José René Ruiz ... Dwarf (as Rene Ruiz 'Tun-Tun')
Eleazar Garcia Jr. ... Chief of Gardens
Salvador Sánchez ... Chief of Stockyards (as Salvador Sanchez)
Sergio Calderón ... Chief of Municipality (as Sergio Calderon)
Araceli Ladewuen Castelun Araceli Ladewuen Castelun ... Maria
Emilio Fernández ... Diosdado (as Emilio Fernandez)
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Storyline

Against a background of war breaking out in Europe and the Mexican fiesta Day of Death, we are taken through one day in the life of Geoffrey Firmin, a British consul living in alcoholic disrepair and obscurity in a small southern Mexican town in 1939. The Consul's self-destructive behaviour, perhaps a metaphor for a menaced civilization, is a source of perplexity and sadness to his nomadic, idealistic half-brother, Hugh, and his ex-wife, Yvonne, who has returned with hopes of healing Geoffrey and their broken marriage. Written by Eric Wees <eric_wees@ccmail.chin.doc.ca>

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Taglines:

No se puede vivir sin amar. (One cannot live without love.)

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Parents Guide:

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Trivia

John Huston initially wanted to cast Richard Burton as the British consul. Huston and Burton had had a great success with a previous movie about an alcoholic set in Mexico, The Night of the Iguana (1964). Much to his regret, Burton had to decline the offer, as he was appearing in a touring production of Noël Coward's "Private Lives" with Elizabeth Taylor. See more »

Goofs

The film, which is set in 1938, has many visual anachronisms. First, the green MG driven by the British expat is a 1950s model. Also, Albert Finney's sunglasses look very contemporary for the 1980s, when the film was shot, and do not resemble 1930s sunglasses at all. Many of the people in the crowd scenes also sport contemporary eyewear, makeup and hairstyles which didn't exist prior to WW II. See more »

Quotes

Geoffrey Firmin: The whole world will learn to laugh at the sight of stinking cadavers. Oh, ha! Ha! Ha! Bloody, ha! Ha! Ha!
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Connections

Referenced in Notes from Under the Volcano (1984) See more »

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A strong adaptation of an extremely complex novel.
10 June 1999 | by SdrawdeSee all my reviews

Under The Volcano was originally a complex novel written by real-life alcoholic Malcolm Lowry. Film director John Huston also had a passing acquaintanceship with the bottle and a sensibility for grasping the dark, mystical side of Mexican culture. This all adds up to potent cinematic symbolic imagery underlining terrific performances from Finney, Bissett and Andrews. 8 stars


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Country:

Mexico | USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

13 June 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Acapantzingo, Morelos, Mexico See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$31,000, 17 June 1984

Gross USA:

$2,556,800

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,556,800
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Conacite Uno, Ithaca See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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