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Under the Volcano

6.5
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Original title
Under the Volcano
Year
Running time
109 min.
Country
United States United States
Director
Screenwriter
Guy Gallo (Novel: Malcolm Lowry)
Music
Alex North
Cinematography
Gabriel Figueroa
Cast
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Producer
Universal Pictures
Genre
Drama | Alcoholism. 1930s
Synopsis / Plot
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 (Albert Finney), 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.
Awards
1984: 2 Nominations for Oscar: Best Actor (Albert Finney), Original Soundtrack
1984: Golden Globes: Nom. Best Actor Drama (Finney) & Supp. Actress (Bisset)
1984: New York Film Critics Circle: Nominated for Best Actor (Finney)
1984: Cannes Film Festival: Nominated for Palme d'Or (Best Film)
Critics' reviews
  • "'Under the Volcano' is poetic, powerful and richly rewarding."
  • "'Under the Volcano' is intelligent... beautifully acted and directed... it's a beautiful movie. Albert Finney's performance is truly astonishing"
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