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It’s been a long time since Oliver Stone made anything with as much punchy political grit as Salvador. As the first of two films (the other being Platoon) produced by John Daly (and released mind-bogglingly within months of each other in the spring of 1986) that reckoned with war and all of its cultivated cruelty, its recklessness and the underlying romanticism being ravaged from within. Stone’s film took up the, at that time, still active El Salvadoran peasant revolution and the Us funded murder and suppression of such an uprising, as its volatile subject, all through the eyes of a true-to-life conniving Hunter S. Thompson-esque photo journalist named Richard Boyle, who co-wrote the screenplay along with Stone and who’s on the ground experiences served as inspiration for the film. An Academy Award nominee for Best Original Screenplay and Best Actor, raw in its depiction of the ugliness »
- Jordan M. Smith
Blu-ray Release Date: Sept. 9, 2014
Price: Blu-ray $29.95
Studio: Twilight Time
Salvador starring James Woods (Any Given Sunday), the 1986 war drama film directed and co-written by Oliver Stone (Savages) that established him as a take-no-prisoners, in-your-face left-leaning filmmaker, makes its Blu-ray debut courtesy of Twilight Time.
The film tells the story of a real-life American photo-journalist Richard Boyle (Woods) covering the Salvadoran Civil War who becomes entangled with both leftist guerrillas and the right-wing military. The film is sympathetic towards the left wing revolutionaries and strongly critical of the U.S.-supported death squads, focusing on the murder of four American churchwomen and the assassination of Archbishop Oscar Romero.
Also starring James Belushi, Michael Murphy, John Savage, Elpidia Carrillo and Cynthia Gibb the film was co-written by Boyle and was nominated for two Academy Awards—one for Woods as Best Actor and one for »
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