Under Fire
Under Fire (1983)

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.

Rated: R
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Release Date: September 4, 2001
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

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

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

Means well but it is fatally confused.

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Emanuel Levy

A timely political drama, well acted by Nick Nolte and Gene Hackman.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

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

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

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.

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Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

above-average battle movie

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

[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.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Presents a fascinating look at a journalist caught up in the tensions and violence in Nicaragua's civil war

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Flixster Audience Score: 69% Flixster User Reviews
jay nixon
Three outstanding performances highlight this gritty drama.
Michael S
Riveting little political thriller that seems to be all but forgotten!