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The Honorary Consul (1983)

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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 ... Consul Charley Fortnum
Richard Gere ... Dr. Eduardo 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 Sir Henry Belfrage
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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Against a background of treachery, intrigue and torture . . . the poignant story of the love of two men for the same woman. [Australia Theatrical] See more »


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Details

Country:

UK | Mexico

Language:

English

Release Date:

December 1983 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

O Cônsul Honorário 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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$5,997,566
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

John Mackenzie was also trying to team Michael Caine with Sir Sean Connery for the hitman thriller "Travelling Men", which was to be produced by Handmade Films around this time, but the financing kept falling through. In the end, Caine and Mackenzie ended up making The Honorary Consul (1983). See more »

Quotes

Colonel Perez: The general will never release any prisoners, you know.
Dr. Eduardo Plarr: Depends on American aid. If the Americans told him to release...
Colonel Perez: The Americans don't give a damn! He's anticommunist. That's what they're paying for... Are you a communist, Eduardo?
Dr. Eduardo Plarr: I've always found Marx unreadable.
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Alternate Versions

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

Connections

Version of Honorární konzul (1991) See more »

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Main Theme
Composed by Paul McCartney
Performed by Paul McCartney & John Williams
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The competent adaptation
14 June 2003 | by paul2001sw-1See all my reviews

Competent adaptation of a typical Graham Greene story, a tale of dilemma, forgiveness and redemption in a quasi-fascist South America. Direction and acting are both ordinary, though Michael Caine and Richard Gere are at least well cast; Bob Hoskins (an Argentinian policeman!) less so. Always interesting, but strangely subdued: Greene packs a greater moral punch on the page.


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