Under Fire


Under Fire Information

Under Fire is a 1983 political film set during the last days of the Nicaraguan revolution that ended the Somoza regime in 1979 Nicaragua. It stars Nick Nolte, Gene Hackman and Joanna Cassidy. The musical score by Jerry Goldsmith, which featured well-known jazz guitarist Pat Metheny, was nominated for an Academy Award. The editing by Mark Conte and John Bloom was nominated for a BAFTA Award for Best Editing.

Cast

  • Nick Nolte as Russell Price
  • Gene Hackman as Alex Grazier
  • Joanna Cassidy as Claire
  • Ed Harris as Oates
  • Jean-Louis Trintignant as Marcel Jazy
  • Richard Masur as Hub Kittle
  • René Enríquez as President Anastasio Somoza
  • Hamilton Camp as Regis
  • Alma Martínez as Isela
  • Eloy Casados as Pedro
  • Jenny Gago as Miss Panama
  • Jorge Zepeda as Rafael

Historical basis

Though the film is largely fictional, it was inspired by the murder of ABC reporter Bill Stewart and his translator Juan Espinoza by National Guard forces on June 20, 1979. ABC cameraman Jack Clark was shooting "incidental" footage, and caught the entire episode on tape. The footage was shown on national television in the United States and became a major international incident, undermining what remained of President Somoza's support. The incident was the final straw for the Carter Administration's relationship with Somoza, whose regime fell on July 19.

Cultural reference

For the 2012 film Django Unchained, director Quentin Tarantino used the musical cue "Nicaragua" from Jerry Goldsmith's score during the arrival scene at the Candie Plantation known as Candyland.




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