Under Fire (1983)


Director:  Roger Spottiswoode

Starring:  Nick Nolte (Russell Price), Ed Harris (Oates), Gene Hackman (Alex Grazier), Joanna Cassidy (Claire), Alma Martnez (Isela), Holly Palance (Journalist), Ella Laboriel (Nightclub Singer), Samuel Zarzosa (Jazz Combo: drums), Jonathan Zarzosa (Jazz Combo: piano), Raul Picasso (Jazz Combo: bass), Oswaldo Doria (Boy Photographer), Fernando Elizondo (Businessman), Hamilton Camp (Regis), Jean-Louis Trintignant (Marcel Jazy), Richard Masur (Hub Kittle)



Photographer Russell Price (Nick Nolte) covers the war in Chad, Africa.  He is there with his friends, the couple Alex Grazier (Gene Hackman) and Claire (Joanna Cassidy).  When the couple separate, Russell begins a relationship with Claire. 

Russell and Claire head out to Nicaragua when the political situation there becomes very intense.  The rebels are trying to overthrow the Somoza regime and the photographers want to catch it on film. 

They say journalists are supposed to be neutral and Claire and Russell believe in that, at least theoretically.  But when they witness a great many disturbing activities of the Somoza regime, they seriously consider a proposition from the rebels to take staged pictures of the deceased rebel leader Rafael to to make the Somoza regime and their fellows rebels believe their leader is still alive.  Will the two journalists abandon not only their objectivity but their journalistic integrity for the sake of helping the rebel cause? 

Patrick Louis Cooney, Ph. D.


Historical Background:


See Carla's Song (1997).



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