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Under the Volcano ()


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

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Geoffrey Firmin
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Yvonne Firmin
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Hugh Firmin
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Dr. Vigil (as Ignacio Lopez Tarzo)
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Senora Gregoria
James Villiers ...
Brit
Dawson Bray ...
Quincey
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Bustamante
Jim McCarthy ...
Gringo
José René Ruiz ...
Dwarf (as Rene Ruiz 'Tun-Tun')
Eleazar Garcia Jr. ...
Chief of Gardens
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Chief of Stockyards (as Salvador Sanchez)
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Chief of Municipality (as Sergio Calderon)
Araceli Ladewuen Castelun ...
Maria
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Diosdado (as Emilio Fernandez)
Arturo Sarabia ...
Cervantes
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Few Fleas (as Roberto Martinez Sosa)
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Sinarquista
Ugo Moctezuma ...
Latin Consul
Isabel Vázquez 'La Chichimeca' ...
Chicken Lady
Gustavo Fernandez 'Xochitl' ...
Transvestite
Irene Díaz de Dávila ...
Concepta (as Irene Diaz deDavila)
Alberto Olvera ...
Matador
Eduardo Borbolla ...
Don Juan Tenorio
Alejandra Suarez ...
Doña Ines
Rodolfo De Alexandre ...
Bus Driver (as Rodolfo De Alejandre)
Juan Ángel Martínez Ramos ...
Passenger (as Juan Angel Martinez Ramos)
Martín Palomares Carrión ...
Dead Indian (as Martín Palomares Carrion)
Mario Arévalo ...
Horseman (as Mario Arevalo)
Ramiro Ramírez ...
Second Horseman (as Ramiro Ramirez Ramirez)
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Herr Krausberg - the German Attaché (uncredited)
Alfonso Castro Valle ...
(uncredited)

Directed by

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John Huston

Written by

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

Produced by

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Moritz Borman ... producer
Michael Fitzgerald ... executive producer
Arnold Gefsky ... associate producer
Héctor López ... associate producer (as Hector López Lechuga)
Wieland Schulz-Keil ... producer

Music by

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Alex North

Cinematography by

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Gabriel Figueroa

Film Editing by

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Roberto Silvi

Editorial Department

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Elvio Sordoni ... assistant editor

Production Design by

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Gunther Gerszo ... (as Gunther Gerzso)

Art Direction by

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José Rodríguez Granada ... (as José Rodriguez Granada)

Set Decoration by

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Martín Cardenas
Theresa Wachter

Costume Design by

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Angela Dodson

Makeup Department

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Fernando García Gonzalez ... hair stylist / makeup artist
Keis Maes ... hair stylist: Miss Jacqueline Bisset / makeup artist: Miss Jacqueline Bisset
Teresa Sánchez ... hair stylist / makeup artist

Production Management

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Pedro Escobedo ... head of production: Conacine Production
Jorge Jiménez ... production manager: Conacine Production (as Jorge Jimenez B.)
Mauricio Rojas ... production supervisor: Conacine Production
Tom Shaw ... production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Manuel Muñoz ... first assistant director
Dennis Shaw ... second assistant director

Art Department

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Rafael Delong ... construction coordinator (as Rafael DeLong)
Stephanie Riggs Stelly ... plant decorator
Elsa Wachter ... set designer

Sound Department

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Chris Carpenter ... re-recording mixer
Colin Charles ... sound mixer
Fernando Cámara ... boom operator (as Fernando Camara)
Daniel J. Johnson ... assistant sound editor (as Dan Johnson)
Marvin I. Kosberg ... dialogue editor (as Marvin Kosberg)
Mel Metcalfe ... re-recording mixer
Anthony Palk ... supervising sound editor
Terry Porter ... re-recording mixer

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Jesus G. Duran ... special effects (as Chucho Duran)

Stunts

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Karen Price ... stunt woman

Camera and Electrical Department

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Fernando Acerdo ... chief electrician
Fernando Calvillo ... gaffer
François Duhamel ... still photographer (as Francois Duhamel)
Gerardo Flores ... assistant camera
Manuel González ... camera operator (as Manuel Gonzalez)
Randy Nolen ... panaglide operator
Pablo Ríos ... assistant camera

Casting Department

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Joaquín Garrido ... extras casting

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Antonia Córtez ... wardrobe (as Antonia Cortéz)
Antonieta Esquivel ... wardrobe assistant
Abel Melo ... wardrobe assistant
Víctor Ramírez ... wardrobe assistant

Music Department

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Else Blangsted ... music editor (as Elsa Blangsted)
Lennie Niehaus ... orchestrator
Albert Woodbury ... orchestrator (as Al Woodbury)
John Beal ... composer: additional source music (uncredited)
Curt Sobel ... music editor (uncredited)
Dan Wallin ... score mixer (uncredited)

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Javier Aguilar ... production assistant: Conacine Production
Joan Blake ... secretary: John Huston
Luciana Cabarga ... production coordinator: Mexico
Júlio Cervántes ... delegate: actors union (as Julio Cervantes)
Ximena Cuevas ... production assistant
Kathy Fitzgerald ... presenter
Michael Fitzgerald ... presenter
John Franco ... script supervisor
Rogelio Gonzalez C. ... production assistant: Conacine Production
Tom Gray ... unit publicist
Danny Huston ... director: main title sequence
Alejandro Leal ... production assistant: Conacine Production
Felipe Marino ... production assistant: Conacine Production
Martín Montes ... production assistant: Conacine Production
Anne Shaw ... production coordinator
Michael Toshiyuki Uno ... intern: AFI (as Michael Uno)
Jim McCarthy ... production accountant (uncredited)

Thanks

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Lauro Ortega ... special debt of gratitude (as Prof. Lauro Ortega)
Moisés Ortíz ... special debt of gratitude (as Prof. Moisés Ortíz)
Crew believed to be complete

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines No se puede vivir sin amar. (One cannot live without love.) See more »
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Also Known As
  • Bajo el volcán (Mexico)
  • Au-dessous du volcan (France)
  • Bajo el volcán (Spain)
  • Under vulkanen (Sweden)
  • Sub vulcan (Romania)
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Runtime
  • 112 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia On lead actor Albert Finney in this "Under the Volcano" film, director John Huston said: "I think it's the finest performance I have ever witnessed, let alone directed". 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Conan the Destroyer/Top Secret!/Under the Volcano (1984). See more »
Quotes Geoffrey Firmin: How, unless you drink as I do, can you hope to understand the beauty of an old indian woman playing dominoes with a chicken?
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