Under Fire

Under Fire

Director: Roger Spottiswoode

Cast: Nick Nolte, Gene Hackman, Joanna Cassidy

     
 
Roger Spottiswoode's political thriller Under Fire comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. English and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. Spanish and French subtitles are accessible, and the English soundtrack is closed-captioned. Supplemental materials include the

Overview

Roger Spottiswoode's political thriller Under Fire comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. English and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. Spanish and French subtitles are accessible, and the English soundtrack is closed-captioned. Supplemental materials include the original theatrical trailer. This is a fine release from MGM/UA that boasts excellent picture quality.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Costello
Nick Nolte stars as photojournalist Russell Price in Roger Spottiswoode's occasionally interesting but ultimately unsatisfying film on the Nicaraguan civil war of the early '80s. Like nearly every Hollywood film dealing with war, this one includes an obligatory romance, in this case a triangle, which like his later political film No Way Out (1987), also involves Gene Hackman. As admirable as the film may have been in criticizing American interests for aligning themselves with the corrupt regime of Anastasio Somoza, it never really spells out the full extent of his family's corruption or the brutality of his dictatorship. Still, it's at least willing to identify the nation's sequestered plutocrats as the source of its problems. In a film which consists mainly of Nolte and radio journalist Joanna Cassidy running from one battle to another, their characters are barely developed and their romance is little more than an afterthought. If it fails as drama though, it succeeds in a semi-documentary mode, as one of the very few features which have focused on the physical and moral hazards of the life of a combat photographer. Similarly, Ed Harris' mercenary offers an incisive thumbnail sketch of that profession's malleability. The excellent cast is as good as the mediocre script permits, and the highly underrated Cassidy shines.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/04/2001
UPC:
0027616865755
Original Release:
1983
Rating:
R
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, stereo]
Time:
2:08:00

Special Features

Original theatrical trailer; English: Stereo Surround; French: Stereo Surround; French & Spanish language subtitles

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Nick Nolte Russell Price
Gene Hackman Alex Grazier
Joanna Cassidy Claire Stryder
Jean-Louis Trintignant Marcel Jazy
Ed Harris Oates
Richard Masur Hub Kittle
Rene Enriquez Somoza
Alma Martinez Isela
Jenny Gago Miss Panama
Eloy Casados Pedro
Jorge Zepeda Rafael
Enrique Beraza Interrogating Officer
Elpidia Carrillo Actor
Michael Crowley Actor
Raul Garcia Waiter
Martin Lasalle Commandante Cinco
Enrique Lucero Prison Priest
Raul Picasso Bassist
Carlos Romano Priest
Andaluz Russell Young Journalist
Eric Valdez Time Stringer
Clay Wright Helicopter Pilot
Jonathan Zarzosa Pianist
Samuel Zarzosa Drummer
Hamilton Camp Regis Seydor
Oswaldo Doria Boy Photographer
Fernando Elizondo Businessman
Ella Laboriel Nightclub Singer
Holly Palance Journalist

Technical Credits
Roger Spottiswoode Director
John Alcott Cinematographer
Cynthia Bales Costumes/Costume Designer
John Bloom Editor
Gary Combs Stunts
Mark Conte Editor
Laurencio Cordero Special Effects
Jesus Duran Special Effects
Enrique Estevez Set Decoration/Design
Clay Frohman Original Story,Screenwriter
Jerry Goldsmith Score Composer
Warren Hamilton Sound Editor
Edouard Henriques Makeup
Pat Metheny Songwriter
Wallis Nicita Casting
Toby Carr Rafelson Production Designer
Ron Shelton Screenwriter
Jonathan Taplin Producer
Edward Teets Executive Producer
Agustin Ytuarte Art Director

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Main Title/Photo Op [:09]
2. "Nicaragua, 1979" [2:17]
3. Pressurized Press [7:05]
4. Businessman Or Spy? [2:56]
5. "Evacuation Of Leon" [4:04]
6. Pitching Grenades [6:12]
7. Love & War [:04]
8. "Señor Presidente" [5:28]
9. Matagalpa [1:39]
10. Dead Or Alive? [3:17]
11. Spreading The News [3:50]
12. Marked For Death [6:55]
13. Silencing The Truth [1:49]
14. A Narrow Escape [6:07]
15. Worth A 1000 Words [1:34]
16. The War's Over/Credits [6:14]

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