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
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
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.


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.



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.


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.


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


  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
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