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Under Fire
Under Fire
Actors: Nick Nolte, Ed Harris, Gene Hackman, Joanna Cassidy, Alma Martinez
Director: Roger Spottiswoode
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Military & War
R     2001     2hr 8min

Under Fire is a savvy political thriller of journalists in war-torn Nicaragua circa 1979. Clayton Frohman and Ron Shelton's (Bull Durham) script follows ace photojournalist Russell Price (Nick Nolte, in a key marquee perf...  more »


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Actors: Nick Nolte, Ed Harris, Gene Hackman, Joanna Cassidy, Alma Martinez
Director: Roger Spottiswoode
Creators: John Alcott, Mark Conte, Anna Roth, Edward Teets, Jonathan T. Taplin, Clayton Frohman, Ron Shelton
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Military & War
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Military & War
Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic - Closed-captioned,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 09/04/2001
Original Release Date: 10/21/1983
Theatrical Release Date: 10/21/1983
Release Year: 2001
Run Time: 2hr 8min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 4
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: Spanish, French

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Movie Reviews

Thought-provoking look at war
Jon L. | Kelseyville, CA United States | 02/18/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This flick should have won a lot of oscars - for screenplay, direction, acting, cinematography and music. Nick Nolte, Joanna Cassidy and Gene Hackman are riveting as war zone journalists; Ed Harris plays a mercenary soldier just right, with hedonistic aplomb.One interesting aspect that runs through the film is how multi-national corporations profit no matter who wins at war; they'll always be there reaping profits. Another long thread running through the film is how American foreign policy is designed to broaden and protect OUR interests without taking into wider consideration the impact we have on the citizens of other countries, particularly the developing countries or those nations governed by unpopular dictatorships.I saw this flick 20 years ago and it's stayed with me ever since, the mark of a good movie. This film is what propelled me to earn degrees in international relations and journalism. Most films these days are for teenagers, but not this one. It's complex and thought-provoking and entertaining throughout. I want my wife to see it."
Taking sides
Trevor Willsmer | London, England | 10/29/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Under Fire is one of the few mainstream American `political' movies to emerge from the studio system, but along with Missing it's probably the best. On one level it grafts a traditional romantic triangle onto its story of American war correspondents in Nicaragua gradually finding themselves drawn to taking sides instead of taking pictures, but at least it's a convincingly grown-up relationship that allows Nick Nolte, Gene Hackman and a never better Joanna Cassidy to really shine. It's a shame that Cassidy never got more opportunities like this: a last-minute replacement for Julie Christie, she's extraordinarily good here. The film also boasts an impressive supporting cast, with a star-making turn from Ed Harris as an amiable but deadly mercenary a standout, although Jean-Louis Tritignant's deceptively unsubtle CIA man gives him a run for his money (not so much for his performance - his English was non-existent and it's obvious he's learned his lines phonetically - but because he has most of the film's best dialog). Extremely well directed by Roger Spottiswoode with a promise he never really fulfilled, it's an impressive albeit partisan portrait of a country decaying in the last stages of revolution and also boasts what is possibly Jerry Goldsmith's finest score (which is saying quite something). Impressive stuff, but it's a shame that so little effort has gone into the DVD - the film is more than worthy of a special edition."
Underrated, underviewed, Under Fire | memphis, Tn | 04/30/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Can't believe there isn't a single user review of Under Fire, one of the best ever combos of political intrigue, action, thought, and sensuality. Amazing performances--Nolte fans should consider this a must see. And Joanna Cassiday is on fire, brilliant, incredibly sexy...sad that she has done so little since then. The setting and theme remain all too topical as we continue to get ourselves involved in countries whose cultures we understand not one whit. Do see this movie, please."