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Beyond the Limit (1983)

The Honorary Consul (original title)
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During Dirty War, half-English doctor in Argentina befriends the police, the rebels and the alcoholic Honorary British Consul, whose Latino wife he seduces. When the consul is mistakenly kidnapped by the rebels, he must pick a side.

Director:

John Mackenzie

Writers:

Graham Greene (novel), Christopher Hampton (screenplay)
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Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Caine ... Charley Fortnum
Richard Gere ... Dr. Plarr
Bob Hoskins ... Colonel Perez
Elpidia Carrillo ... Clara
Joaquim de Almeida ... Leon (as Joaquim De Almeida)
A Martinez ... Aquino
Stephanie Cotsirilos Stephanie Cotsirilos ... Marta
Domingo Ambriz Domingo Ambriz ... Diego
Eric F. Valdez Eric F. Valdez ... Pablo (as Eric Valdez)
Nicolás Jasso Nicolás Jasso ... Miguel (as Nicolas Jasso)
Geoffrey Palmer ... British Ambassador
Leonard Maguire Leonard Maguire ... Dr. Humphries
Jorge Russek ... Senor Escobar
Erika Carlsson Erika Carlsson ... Senora Escobar (as Erika Carlsen)
Josefina Echánove ... Senora Sanchez (as Josefina Echanove)
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Storyline

During the rule of brutal right wing military juntas in Paraguay and Argentina, Dr. Eduardo Plarr, half-English and half-Paraguayan medical doctor, returns from Buenos Aires to work in the small town of Corrientes, Argentina, where he first arrived after his escape from Paraguay years earlier. He quickly begins to form new friendships such as the one with the alcoholic British Honorary Consul, Charley Fortnum, whose beautiful Argentinian wife, a former high-class prostitute named Clara, Eduardo seduces and they have a passionate affair. He also re-establishes old ones like the one with junta's Colonel Perez and Leon, a former priest turned rebel leader, who also happens to be Eduardo's childhood friend from Paraguay. All of this comes together to create a serious problem for Eduardo when he is asked to help the rebels kidnap the US ambassador, who's coming to visit Corrientes and whose kidnapping might force the US to force the Paraguayan junta to release several political prisoners, ... Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Against a background of treachery, intrigue and torture . . . the poignant story of the love of two men for the same woman. [Australia Theatrical] See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Mexico | UK

Language:

English | Spanish | Latin

Release Date:

30 September 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Beyond the Limit See more »

Filming Locations:

Mexico City, Mexico See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,208,976, 2 October 1983

Gross USA:

$5,997,566

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,997,566
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Prior to the start of principal photography, numerous constructed movie sets were blown down and damaged, or destroyed by hurricane force winds, from the tail-end of hurricanes which had formed and come in from the Atlantic Ocean. See more »

Quotes

Belfrage: British Ambassador: Well, I'm afraid the situation looks pretty bleak. The... Foreign Minister takes the view that it's a Paraguayan affair. The Paraguayans refuse to discuss the matter on the grounds that the President's on holiday, and Whitehall's position is that they won't be held to ransom by criminals.
Dr. Eduardo Plarr: Surely, the Americans could help.
Belfrage: British Ambassador: No, they are most unsympathetic, I'm afraid. Of course, if the ambassador hadn't taken against Fortnum so violently and insisted on driving himself, they'd have kindapped him,...
[...]
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Alternate Versions

NBC edited 6 minutes from this film for its 1987 network television premiere. See more »

Connections

Version of Honorární konzul (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Additional Music
Nuya Deya"
Composed & Played by Amazulu
By courtesy of Towerbell Records Ltd.
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The Competent Adaptation
10 June 2003 | by paul2001sw-1See all my reviews

Competent adaptation of a typical Graham Greene story, a tale of moral dilemma, forgiveness and redemption in a quasi-fascist South America. Direction and acting are ordinary, although Michael Caine and Richard Gere are at least well cast; Bob Hoskins (an Argentinian policeman!) less so. Not badly done, but slightly detached; Greene packs a bigger punch on the page.


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