The Honorary Consul (film)
|The Honorary Consul|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||John Mackenzie|
|Produced by||Norma Heyman|
|Screenplay by||Christopher Hampton|
|Based on||The Honorary Consul
by Graham Greene
Joaquim de Almeida
|Music by||Paul McCartney|
|Edited by||Stuart Baird|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
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. 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.
- Michael Caine as Charley Fortnum, Consul
- Richard Gere as Eduardo Plarr
- Bob Hoskins as Colonel Perez
- Elpidia Carrillo as Clara Fortnum
- Joaquim de Almeida as Leon
- Geoffrey Palmer as British Ambassador
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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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