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Salvador (1986)

An American photojournalist gets caught in a political struggle at El Salvador in 1980.

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Oliver Stone
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Woods ... Richard Boyle
Jim Belushi ... Dr. Rock (as James Belushi)
Michael Murphy ... Ambassador Thomas Kelly
John Savage ... John Cassady
Elpidia Carrillo ... María (as Elpedia Carrillo)
Tony Plana ... Major Max
Colby Chester ... Jack Morgan
Cynthia Gibb ... Cathy Moore (as Cindy Gibb)
Will MacMillan ... Col. Hyde
Valerie Wildman ... Pauline Axelrod
José Carlos Ruiz ... Archbishop Romero (as Jose Carlos Ruiz)
Jorge Luke ... Col. Julio Figueroa
Juan Fernández ... Army Lieutenant
Salvador Sánchez ... Human Rights Leader
Rosario Zúñiga ... HIS Assistant (as Rosario Zuniga)
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Storyline

A journalist, down on his luck in the US, drives to El Salvador to chronicle the events of the 1980 military dictatorship, including the assasination of Archbishop Oscar Romero. He forms an uneasy alliance with both guerillas in the countryside who want him to get pictures out to the US press, and the right-wing military, who want him to bring them photographs of the rebels. Meanwhile he has to find a way of protecting his Salvadorean girlfriend and getting her out of the country. Written by Tony Bowden <t.bowden@qub.ac.uk>

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Taglines:

Løgnen... Sandheden... Historien... [Denmark] See more »

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Drama | History | Thriller | War

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

UK | USA | Mexico

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

23 April 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Outpost: Salvador See more »

Filming Locations:

Alameda County, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,500,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,500,000
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Richard Boyle is asked how Pol Pot and Castro are any better than the leaders in El Salvador. Director Oliver Stone would eventually film two documentaries interviewing Cuban leader Fidel Castro. See more »

Goofs

El Salvador doesn't have nearly as many cows as the film portrays. See more »

Quotes

John Cassady: You know what made photographers like Robert Cappa great, Rich? They weren't after money, they captured the nobility of human suffering!
Richard Boyle: That was a great shot in Spain. The one flying through the air.
John Cassady: Yeah but it was more than just bodies, Rich. He got... why they died.
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Alternate Versions

According to the Oliver Stone biography "Stone: The Controversies, Excesses, and Exploits of a Radical Filmmaker" by James Riordan, the film was originally meant to be a two and a half hour release from a 150 page script, and much extra footage was cut due to box office concerns and by the original studio, Orion, who saw that a lot of the footage was too excessive or violent (one such scene described in the book was of an orgy scene with Rick Boyle and Dr. Rock and a bag of ears casually tossed on to a table). Stone regrets this decision as the film ended up, and was criticized for being, choppy in some of its editing. Some of this deleted footage is included on the Special Edition DVD. See more »

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Soundtracks

El Campecino
Written by R. De De A.
Performed by Trios Hermanos Carcamo
Courtesy of Discos Lando Records
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A political war movie with heart, where for some, it requires a strong stomach

After seeing Salvador, here's one more place I don't want to visit. Screen writing great Stone, who makes reads so interesting, has made that abundantly. Although it has a crammed feel of story, one can't shy their away from the intensity this movies brings. The only reason I didn't see this at the cinema, was I had seen The Killing Fields a year before, where I thought like that excellent film, this was gonna be just like it,, but there's a lot of nice little things here, that make it different from that. I actually like this movie better than Platoon. James Woods is at his acting best, as a womanizing loser, once famous journalist Richard Boyle, who cons and weasels his way through life (the dangling coin on the string inserted in into the payphone slot I loved). He's a reckless sort with outstanding fines, and a much due rent. Now his Italian girlfriend's taken off back to her home town. His best friend has just bailed him out. He's in the doghouse too. Where do they head: El Salvador. Director Stone doesn't hold back on frank images, some moments will truly disturb viewers, two I won't mention, another one involves the rape and murder of some missionary girls, which I do say touched the gulliver. Boyle rekindling an old relationship, with a young Salvadorian girl marries her and tries to get her out of the country, where her fate lies in the end of the movie, I guess. All actors deliver top floor performances, Belushi as Dr Rock, the always wonderful John Savage as a budding award winning photographer John Cassidy, Tony Plana as the discreetly and corrupt Major Max, though I really didn't think Michael Murphy was that good as the ambassador, putting too little into his performance, where too Juan Fernandez was hauntingly scary as Smiling death. Salvador had some terrifying moments, a lot as Wood's fate was concerned. It's a scary place, and one place to stay well clear of. Opening soundtrack by Giorgio Moroder.


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