The Honorary Consul (film)

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The Honorary Consul
Honorary consul - poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJohn Mackenzie
Produced byNorma Heyman[1]
Screenplay byChristopher Hampton
Based onThe Honorary Consul
by Graham Greene
Starring
Music byStanley Myers
CinematographyPhil Méheux
Edited byStuart Baird
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • 30 September 1983 (1983-09-30)
Running time
103 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
Mexico
LanguageEnglish
Budget$8 million
Box office$5,997,566[2]

The Honorary Consul, also known as Beyond the Limit, is a 1983 British-Mexican drama film directed by John Mackenzie and starring Michael Caine, Richard Gere, Bob Hoskins and Elpidia Carrillo. It is based on the novel The Honorary Consul by Graham Greene.[3][4] The title is a reference to the diplomatic position known as an honorary consul.

Synopsis[edit]

Set in a small politically unstable Latin American country,[a] the story follows the half English and half Latino Eduardo Plarr (Richard Gere), who left his home to find a better life. Along the way he meets an array of people, including British Consul Charley Fortnum (Michael Caine), a representative in Latin America who is trying to keep a Revolution from occurring, and is also a remorseful alcoholic. Another person the doctor meets is Clara (Elpidia Carrillo), whom he immediately desires, but there is a problem: Clara is Charley's wife.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

The film was produced by Norma Heyman, marking the first time that a British woman entirely produced an independent feature film in history.[1]

The movie was filmed on location in Veracruz, Mexico, Mexico City, and at the Shepperton Studios in Surrey, England.

Response[edit]

The film was successful in Europe, and particularly in the UK as it was a British production. In the United States, it only earned about $6 million in box office receipts and was not well received by critics.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ In Greene's novel the setting is northern Argentina

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b MacNab, Geoffrey (2011-07-02). "David Heyman: Man behind the magic". The Independent. Retrieved 2012-10-29.
  2. ^ The Honorary Consul at Box Office Mojo
  3. ^ The Honorary Consul on IMDb
  4. ^ http://ftvdb.bfi.org.uk/sift/title/235999

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