Under the Volcano 1984

Under the Volcano

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Geoffrey Firmin (Albert Finney) is a heavy-drinking British diplomat living in a Mexican town. As the local Day of the Dead celebration gets underway, Geoffrey drowns himself in the bottle, having cut himself off from his family, friends and job. When Geoffrey goes missing, his wife Yvonne (Jacqueline Bisset) convinces his half-brother Hugh (Anthony Andrews) to conduct a last-ditch search for the drunk, hoping that Hugh might be able to rescue her self-destructing husband.

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Albert Finney
Geoffrey Firmin
Ignacio López Tarso
Dr. Vigil
Katy Jurado
Senora Gregoria
Weiland Schulz-Keil
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Critic Reviews for Under the Volcano

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  • Although this voyage into self-destruction won't be to the taste of many, there will be few unmoved by Finney's towering performance as the tragic Britisher.

    October 23, 2007 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

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  • Not for the purists, maybe, but the last half-hour, as Firmin plunges ever deeper into his self-created hell, leaves one shell-shocked.

    June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
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  • The movie belongs to Finney, but mention must be made of Jacqueline Bisset as his wife and Anthony Andrews as his half-brother.

    October 23, 2004 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • Daring as it is to have brought Under the Volcano to the screen in this faithful but incomplete form, Mr. Huston has done so without making compromises in the process.

    May 20, 2003 | Rating: 4/5
  • As the tortured consul, Albert Finney has moments of technical brilliance, but Huston's direction gives him no inner life.

    January 1, 2000 | Full Review…
  • There are nips of beauty and terror, but the movie starts small and then shrinks.

    January 30, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Under the Volcano

  • May 16, 2014
    A bitter portrayal by Albert Finney of a man on the road to destruction. It is off the wall and bends reality sufficiently to off put many a viewer.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 26, 2012
    while this is often compared to 'night of the iguana' i found it a much more fulfilling experience. huston was 78 when he made this and proves he still had it in him for a project he cared about. one of the few films that gets mexico right. a decent adaptation of a so-called unfilmable novel, a showcase for albert finney as a last stage alcoholic, and one of jacqueline bissett's best performances too. bravo!
    Stella D Super Reviewer
  • Oct 19, 2010
    Director John Huston's fascinating character study of a self-destructive alcoholic former British diplomat named Geoffery Firmin, played by Albert Finney in a devastating tour-de-force performance that deservedly earn him an Oscar nomination. The story unfolds in a small Mexican village during the Day of the Dead festivities in the late 1930s, it concerns the last 24-hours of the tortured Firmin's life, who is drinking himself to death. He is so guilt ridden over the past and his lost relationship with his lovely estranged wife, wonderfully played by the beautiful Jacqueline Bisset, who he still yearns for. She has returned in the hopes of healing their broken marriage, but he cannot forgive her for her affair with his half-brother nicely played by Anthony Andrew. This is a Intelligent, but downbeat film that rely's entirely on Finney's amazing portrayal of the late stages of alcoholism, which by itself is staggering, he captures the physical mannerisms and emotionalism of a hopeless drunk, his depiction of this is truly unforgettable. Impressively directed by the late great John Huston, with superlative photography by Gariel Figueroa, based on the famous novel by Malcolm Lowry. Highly Recommended.
    Danny R Super Reviewer
  • May 16, 2009
    "That's the way to contend with the grim reaper, offering him a drink and a dance..." Finney, what a performance.
    Pierluigi P Super Reviewer

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