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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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First they betrayed him. Then they gambled with his life. [UK Theatrical] See more »


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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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Sir Michael Caine was offered the lead in the earlier Graham Greene filmed adaptation The Human Factor (1979), but he turned it down. He later starred in two theatrical movie adaptations of Graham Greene novels: this movie and The Quiet American (2002). See more »

Quotes

Colonel Perez: I have to take every possibility into account, doctor. Even a crime of passion.
Dr. Eduardo Plarr: Passion? I'm an Englishman.
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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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Gere passer may pass or waste your time
19 February 2013 | by PeterMitchell-506-564364See all my reviews

Believe this, I have watched this so many times, but in part. I could spout off lines in Christopher Hampton's script, at the click of a finger. I love the settings for this movie in which Gere, an English spoken doctor, falls for a newly married young woman, Clara (Elpidia Carrillo) who is earlier seen as the whore working at this seedy bar that doubles as a cat house. She's married to the honorary Consul (Caine) unaware of the affair that has sparked between friend and wife. At the start, Gere, just arriving in town, helps another guy escort a drunk Caine from one bar to infamous cat house one. It's here he sets eyes on Clara. The sex scenes are quite hot as passions run high, but Gere has trouble from the other side, involving his past, where two old friends, (one a much younger Joquian Almedia) approach him, with a kidnapping plot to snatch a consul, in return for their fellow South American prisoners to be released. Only problem is, they snatch Caine instead, not a real consul, an honorary consul. Gere, maddened by the idiocy of the mates, remains loyal. Gere's father too, is one of those prisoners, as Gere is innocently led to believe. Caine's actor mate, Bob Hoskins, plays a cop, trying to help Gere track down his old man. One scene has Gere going off at him, when they arrest 250 mentally unsound people under his care and put them temporarily in prison, but Hoskins mellows him. Gere's fate at the end of the this, where the strong arm of the law closes in, was tragic, I must say. His not so badly portrayed doctor, is a sympathetic, goodhearted and likable character. But the heavyweights are Caine, who plays drunk so good and being funny too about it, where no nonsense Hoskins is solid. Elpidia is just pretty scenery really. But really there's something too brief about whole affair of the story here, despite it's good screenplay, and really it's just a passable, but involving drama + those couple of sex scenes. And near it's end too, some of the scenes are quite dark, they disjoint the action. But Gere too is a bit of a bastard in the bedroom, paying the now married Clara cash for her services as if she was still working. Also when going up to Gere's apartment, is her first tome, riding in an elevator. I liked the way Gere wore his jealousy well too, really at the sheer fact, Caine loves her. There's a lot of good scenes to find in the movie and Paul's McCartney's Brazilian intro theme was just beautiful and melodic, as it was soothing. For Gere fans, do put this different and quite enjoyable one one on your list.


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