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Roger Spottiswoode's film solves the problem of creating an ideological drama as Hollywood has always solved it: by dropping a love triangle in front of a war. Nick Nolte, Joanna Cassidy, and Gene Hackman are the American journalists who change partners while covering the Sandinista revolt in Nicaragua; though the discovery of true love is meant to parallel Nolte's transition from cynical objectivity to passionate political commitment, in fact it alibis and overtakes it. The war is evidently a wonderful thing, because it brings lovers together and eliminates all the awkward complications, with President Somoza playing a happy cupid. With Jean-Louis Trintignant, Ed Harris, and Richard Masur (1983).

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