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Under Fire (1983)

R | | Drama, War | 21 October 1983 (USA)
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.

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Alex Grazier
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Claire
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Isela (as Alma Martínez)
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Journalist
Ella Laboriel ...
Nightclub Singer
Samuel Zarzosa ...
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Jonathan Zarzosa ...
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Raul Picasso ...
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Oswaldo Doria ...
Boy Photographer
Fernando Elizondo ...
Businessman
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Regis Seydor
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Marcel Jazy
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Hub Kittle
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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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Dateline: Central America. The First Casualty of War is the Truth. See more »

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Drama | War

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21 October 1983 (USA)  »

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Bajo fuego  »

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Budget:

$9,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,837,768 (USA) (23 October 1983)

Gross:

$5,696,391 (USA)
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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 »

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In the opening scene in Chad Asian elephants are used by the rebel troops (instead of African elephants living in that area, who are not especially known for their suitability for domestication) clearly identifiable by their smaller ears and the hair on their forehead. See more »

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[first lines]
Russell Price: Can I get a ride?
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Referenced in Aquarius (2016) See more »

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1979
Composed and Performed by Pat Metheny
Published by Pat-Meth Music Co. BMI
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War reporter must choose between his heart and his head
19 July 2001 | by (Berkeley, CA) – See all my reviews

This movie really hits the mark in many ways. It's the best movie of its genre. In the opening scene in some unspecified African civil war Nick Nolte, war journalist, discovers Ed Harris, mercenary, riding in the wrong truck surrounded by his enemies. Harris hasn't realized that after the confusion of the battle he climbed in a truck of soldiers from the opposite side. They in turn haven't realized that Harris isn't their mercenary. Harris says, `I guess they'd really be p***ed if they knew.' This scene sets the theme for the movie perfectly. Not only doesn't the mercenary care which side he is on, but it is implied that the sides are pretty much interchangeable and it doesn't much matter who's truck we climb in. This is pretty much Nolte's attitude as he travels from one war to another. We begin to suspect he isn't that different from Harris. But affairs in Nicaragua make his neutrality seem immoral and he is forced to choose between his journalistic ethics and his humanitarian ones.

Great writing is matched by great acting from Hackman, Harris and Nolte and Johanna Cassidy.


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