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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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The first time he saw her, she was a prostitute. The second time, she was his best friend's wife. The third time she was his. [USA theatrical] [as Beyond The Limit] 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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The source novel, "The Honorary Consul" (1973) by Graham Greene, was one of the author's favorite, of his own books. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Eduardo Plarr: You say he was shot trying to escape.
Colonel Perez: Yes. It's quite straightforward, isn't it?
Dr. Eduardo Plarr: Oh, yes... Just I can not understand why he was trying to escape backwards.
Colonel Perez: You really needn't worry about this one. If there was any question of his being innocent, he wouldn't be here.
Dr. Eduardo Plarr: What do you mean?
Dr. Eduardo Plarr: He would have been disappeared... In the river, probably.
Dr. Eduardo Plarr: You've got him.
Colonel Perez: I've, um... been asked if you'd be prepared to help out occasionally at the prison with resistencia.
Dr. Eduardo Plarr: In what capacity?
Colonel Perez: Dr. Barabanto has ...
[...]
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Alternate Versions

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

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Version of Honorární konzul (1991) See more »

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Nuya Deya"
Composed & Played by Amazulu
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Amoral and Cold
25 December 2015 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In Argentina, Dr. Eduardo Plarr (Richard Gere) is a medical doctor with a Paraguayan deceased mother and an English revolutionary father that is imprisoned in Paraguay. He unsuccessfully tries to get news about his father with his acquaintance Colonel Perez (Bob Hoskins). One night, he is summoned to attend the alcoholic British Honorary Consul Charley Fortnum (Michael Caine) in a brothel where he sees a beautiful young prostitute but she goes with another man. When he returns to the Whitehouse, he learns that the prostitute Clara (Elpidia Carrillo) left the place. One day, Charley calls him to examine his wife, and when Eduard turns the light of the room on, he sees that Charley married Clara. Soon he meets her in a store and buys an expensive sunglass to her. Clara goes with him to his apartment and they begin a love affair. When Clara becomes pregnant, Charley believes that the baby is his. Meanwhile Eduardo's childhood friend Leon (Joaquim De Almeida) visits him in his office and tells that his father is alive in Paraguay. Further, he tells that he plans to abduct the American ambassador and exchange him per political prisoners in Paraguay including his father. However he needs inside information about the visit of the ambassador. What will Eduardo do?

"The Honorary Consul" is a dramatic thriller with romance that does not work well. Eduardo is an unethical doctor and amoral man. His relationship with Clara is cold and he betrays Charley with a great cynicism. The film does not work well and the conclusion is predictable. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "O Cônsul Honorário" ("The Honorary Consul")


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