Fire Down Below

Synopsis: Tony and Felix own a tramp boat, and sail around the Caribbean doing odd jobs and drinking a lot. They agree to ferry the beautiful but passportless Irena to another island. They both fall for her, leading to betrayal and a break-up of their partnership. Tony takes a job on a cargo ship. After a collision he finds himself trapped below deck with time running out (the ship is aflame), and only Felix, whom he hates and has sworn to kill, left to save him.
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Director(s): Robert Parrish
Production: Sony Pictures Entertainment
116 min

Hey, Tony?

- A friendly word?

- What?

If youd been more flexible

with that lady...

...shed have kept on hiring this boat

at 100 bucks a day tI'll next Christmas.

- StI'll not too late, you know.

- No.

- All I said was 'fflexible. "'

- I'mm not in that line of business.

I have to be cursed

with a fastidious partner?

Youll keep me a poor man

all my life.

If youre so anxious, why don't you

do something about it yourself.

Dont think I wouldn't

if I thought it would work, man.

The lady just aint interested.

Whats she gonna do with a beat-up

old bum like me?

Shes blond, she's pretty,

comes from a good family...

...and shes got a rich husband.

She wants only the best.

Tall, blue-eyed, straight-limbed boys

with curly hair and pearly teeth.

If you played your cards right, we

could have had a new cabin cruiser...

- ... by the time she left.

- Stop dreaming.

But youre driving us

to a life of crime.

Okay, lets not waste

any time about it.

That lady sure was icy.

Yeah, but just not icy enough,

Jimmy Jean. Not icy enough.

Well, on to crime.

Next time we smuggle anything onto

this island, we ought to wear tuxedos.

What wI'll it be?

- Brandy.

- Beer.

Theres Miguel.

You have to walk right up to the bar?

Make yourselves conspicuous

like two elephants in a ballroom?

Do you find it impossible

to wear jackets?

Miguel, be polite to your colleagues.

- Its all delivered?

- All delivered.

A friend left this note for you.

Our friend didnt have

much to say, did he?

- What do you mean by that?

- I mean, he wasnt very generous.

There are many expenses,

you know that as well as I do.

Palms to be greased and

people paid to turn the other way.

Tell our friend if he cant be more

communicative, this is the last trip.

- Come on, Tony...

- Please take your money.

This drinks on the house.

- My heart is softened.

- Listen...

...I can put a little easy money

your way.

- How easy?

- Without so many questions.

Do you or dont you want

to make some money?


I'll talk to you, you'rre reasonable.

Your friend is a barbarian.

Youll sit here and hear your friend

called a barbarian?

Miguel, I forbid you to call

this barbarian a barbarian.

Youre a true friend.

Once again, I'll disregard the jokes.

I'mm talking of a small act of kindness.

All you have to do is take a passenger

from here to Santa Nada.

The American line runs a good boat.

Tell him to try the American line.

Youre so clever and so rich.

It isn't a him.

- Her.

- A woman on a little boat like ours?

You dont think she'd find it

a trifle restrictive?

She cant afford to worry

whether it's restrictive.

- Police?

- I know nothing of police.

Im trying to compose myself.

Theres a rich American patron

making inquiries for her...

...and with infinite generosity,

I thought of you.

And Im rewarded with contempt.

- Yeah, how rich an American?

- I have not asked to see his tax return.

Lets get out of here.

I don't like the smell of this.

- Money doesnt smell.

- How much?

- Five hundred dollars.

- And for you?

Me, I merely seek to oblige a friend.

Yeah, but how many dollars do you

seek to oblige yourself, 1000?

Thats enough. You demean me.

Leave my bar.

Five hundred has a nice, wholesome

ring to it, doesnt it, 500?

Yeah, 700 rings even better.

Its too risky.

A couple of cases of brandy

or cigarettes, thats one thing...

...but an I'llegal dame...

If they catch us, theyll take the boat,

lock us up and throw the key away.

They wont catch us.

Ive got a hunch.

I don't feel so lucky.

I feel lucky. Well use my luck.

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Irwin Shaw

Irwin Shaw (February 27, 1913 – May 16, 1984) was an American playwright, screenwriter, novelist, and short-story author whose written works have sold more than 14 million copies. He is best known for two of his novels: The Young Lions (1948), about the fate of three soldiers during World War II, made into a film of the same name starring Marlon Brando and Montgomery Clift, and Rich Man, Poor Man (1970), about the fate of two siblings after World War II. In 1976, a popular miniseries was made into a highly popular miniseries starring Peter Strauss, Nick Nolte, and Susan Blakely. more…

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