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Under the Volcano (1984)

The last 24 hours in the life of Geoffrey Firmin, a lonely, depressed English consul who retreats to alcohol for solace.

Director:

John Huston

Writers:

Malcolm Lowry (novel), Guy Gallo (screenplay)
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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 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. 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:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Mr Bongo Films

Country:

Mexico | USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

13 June 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Under the Volcano See more »

Filming Locations:

Acapantzingo, Morelos, Mexico See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$31,000, 17 June 1984, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$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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Trivia

Star Jack Nicholson was sometimes on the set while Under the Volcano (1984) was being filmed. Director John Huston had acted alongside Nicholson in Roman Polanski's Chinatown (1974) and then later soon directed him the following year in Prizzi's Honor (1985). See more »

Goofs

The story takes place in 1939, but the car driven by James Villiers that almost hits Albert Finney as he is lying in the road is an MG-TF, which was manufactured between 1953 and 1956. 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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Referenced in Notes from Under the Volcano (1984) See more »

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fantastic portrayal of alcoholic depression
17 April 2005 | by raegan_butcherSee all my reviews

I saw this film several times in the late 1980's and always thought that Albert Finney's performance was great but now, watching it all these years later in the very city in which it was set and shot I am convinced that Finney's performance is one of the greatest depictions of alcoholism EVER! Only Nicolas Cage in Leaving Las Vegas has done as well of a job of capturing the emotionalism and physical mannerisms of a drunk. I haven't read the novel (yet) but I think John Huston (no stranger to the effects of massive alcohol consumption himself) was probably the right choice to direct this tale of an alcoholic British consul drinking himself senseless in Mexico on the eve of WW2. Anyone interested in top-notch acting should see this film. Albert Finney was nominated for an Oscar, and in my opinion, he should have won! BRAVO, Mr Finney!


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