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This gripping, emotional story of a roving photographer's transformation from a neutral artist with a camera to an involved human rights activist with a camera begins in Chad, travels to Nicaragua in the early 1980s, and ends when the Nicaraguan dictator Somoza takes off for the palm trees and beaches of Florida. Nick Nolte brilliantly interprets his role as the photographer Russell Price, and Joanna Cassidy is Claire, the radio journalist he meets while in Chad, along with her lover, Time Magazine reporter Alex (Gene Hackman), who ends up opting for a plush job as a TV anchorman and a… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Director Roger Spottiswode, after a couple of earlier actioners, has great potential."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Means well but it is fatally confused."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"above-average battle movie"
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"A thrilling film, with a head, a heart, and muscle."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"[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."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Presents a fascinating look at a journalist caught up in the tensions and violence in Nicaragua's civil war"
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"This is the kind of movie that almost always feels phony, but "Under Fire" feels real."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"A timely political drama, well acted by Nick Nolte and Gene Hackman."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Spottiswoode captures the random terror of the war zone, the press corps's acute journalistic instinct for story and survival, and the appalling moral dilemmas that reporters must confront."
‑ , Film4
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