Under Fire (1983)




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Movie Info

Under Fire is an intense political thriller about three journalists (Gene Hackman, Nick Nolte, Joanna Cassidy) in Managua, Nicaragua, who take sides in the country's civil war in the late '70s.

Rating: R (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Ron Shelton, Clayton Frohman, Clay Frohman
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 4, 2001
Vestron Video



as Russell Price

as Alex Grazier

as Oates

as Kittle

as Seydor

as Journalist

as Nightclub Singer

as Boy Photographer

as Businessman

as Guerrilla Leader

as Guerrilla Woman

as Time Stringer

as Young Journalist

as Bassist

as Arresting Officer

as Prison Priest

as Interrogating Office...

as Miss Panama

as Sandinista

as Sandinista

as Sandinista

as TV Camera Crew

as Commandante Cinco

as Commandante

as Squadron Commander

as Hotel Clerk

as Doctor

as Helicopter Pilot

as Helicopter Gunner

as Helicopter Gunner
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Critic Reviews for Under Fire

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (4)

Director Roger Spottiswode, after a couple of earlier actioners, has great potential.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

A thrilling film, with a head, a heart, and muscle.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

This is the kind of movie that almost always feels phony, but "Under Fire" feels real.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Means well but it is fatally confused.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Anyone who (like me) is a sucker for 80s political thrillers set in troubled foreign lands will find this a must-watch, in the same class as The Killing Fields, Missing, Salvador and The Year of Living Dangerously.

Full Review… | March 11, 2015
Creative Loafing

[Spottiswoode] succeeds brilliantly in creating the chaotic last days of Somoza's government while at the same time incisively evaluating the moral dilemma faced by war correspondents.

Full Review… | January 3, 2012
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Audience Reviews for Under Fire


Three outstanding performances highlight this gritty drama.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer


Riveting little political thriller that seems to be all but forgotten!

Michael S

Super Reviewer

I like how the peppering of Spanish throughout the film is not subtitled. Haunting docudrama about the Nicaraguan civil war.


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