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Under the Volcano (1984)

R | | Drama | 13 June 1984 (USA)
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 ... 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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Trivia

Second movie in a year set in a Latin American country with a central character who was an alcoholic British consul. In this film it was Albert Finney as the dipsomaniac diplomat Geoffrey Firmin, in the other movie, it was Michael Caine as the drunken diplomat Charley Fortnum, in Beyond the Limit (1983). 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: No si puede vivir sin amar.
Yvonne Firmin: What?
Geoffrey Firmin: One cannot live without love.
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Connections

Referenced in Life Itself (2014) See more »

User Reviews

I am hoping that this film will be re-released on DVD.
29 August 1999 | by KR-5See all my reviews

I completely agree with Doc's review above, but I'll venture to suggest that the primary reason that the public has avoided this film is due solely to the film's very strong dose of basic human reality. Its one of my favorite films and I'm sad that its public "sales status" will prevent it from being re-released on DVD.


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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

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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