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Under Fire (1983)

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

Director:

Roger Spottiswoode

Writers:

Clayton Frohman (screenplay), Clayton Frohman (story) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nick Nolte ... Russell Price
Ed Harris ... Oates
Gene Hackman ... Alex Grazier
Joanna Cassidy ... Claire
Alma Martinez ... Isela (as Alma Martínez)
Holly Palance ... Journalist
Ella Laboriel Ella Laboriel ... Nightclub Singer
Samuel Zarzosa Samuel Zarzosa ... Jazz Combo: drums
Jonathan Zarzosa Jonathan Zarzosa ... Jazz Combo: piano
Raul Picasso Raul Picasso ... Jazz Combo: bass
Oswaldo Doria Oswaldo Doria ... Boy Photographer
Fernando Elizondo Fernando Elizondo ... Businessman
Hamilton Camp ... Regis Seydor
Jean-Louis Trintignant ... Marcel Jazy
Richard Masur ... Hub Kittle
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Storyline

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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This wasn't their war but it was their story...and they wouldn't let it go! See more »

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA | Mexico

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 October 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bajo fuego See more »

Filming Locations:

Chiapas, Mexico See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,837,768, 23 October 1983, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$5,696,391
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This film was part of a cycle of pictures made during the 1980s that featured journalists covering war. The movies include Salvador (1986), Under Fire (1983), Circle of Deceit [Circle of Deceit (1981)], Witness in the War Zone (1987), Cry Freedom (1987), The Killing Fields (1984) and The Year of Living Dangerously (1982). See more »

Goofs

In the dark room of the guerrilla base the rays of sunlight are cast in two different directions, probably to form an appropriate atmosphere, however it is not possible in natural conditions. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Russell Price: Can I get a ride?
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Referenced in Videoclub (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

1979
Composed and Performed by Pat Metheny
Published by Pat-Meth Music Co. BMI
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Not a documentary
5 January 2001 | by frank.vandenblockSee all my reviews

If you want a documentary about the Sandinista's, go watch a documentary. If you want a thrilling love-story set around a fast-paced, intelligent script about people who want to do the best they can under difficult circumstances, then this is the film for you. Good acting, superb music, a good use of locations and atmospheres. This must be one of Nolte's best performances. Of course Rafael did not exist, but this is a movie, not a portrayal of real facts. The story works perfectly in this movie, and that is what's important. If you're looking for a flick that entertains, touches you without being too sentimental, and you like some action, then Under Fire is certainly worth seeing.


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