The Honorary Consul (film)

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The Honorary Consul
Honorary consul - poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by John Mackenzie
Produced by Norma Heyman[1]
Screenplay by Christopher Hampton
Based on The Honorary Consul 
by Graham Greene
Starring Michael Caine
Richard Gere
Bob Hoskins
Elpidia Carrillo
Joaquim de Almeida
Geoffrey Palmer
Music by Paul McCartney
Cinematography Phil Méheux
Edited by Stuart Baird
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates
  • 30 September 1983 (1983-09-30)
Running time
103 min.
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Budget $8 million
Box office $5,997,566

The Honorary Consul is a 1983 British 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.[2][3] It was also released under the title Beyond the Limit.


Set in a small politically unstable Latin American country (in Greene's novel the setting is northern Argentina), the story follows the half English and half Latino Dr. 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 Revolution from occurring. He is also a remorseful alcoholic. Another person the doctor meets is Clara (Elpidia Carrillo), whom he immediately falls in love with, 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 did good business in Europe, and particularly in England 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.


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