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Salvador (1986)

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

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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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Dateline: 1980 El Salvador - Correspondent: Richard Boyle, Photojournalist Guatemala, Iran, Vietnam, Chile, Belfast, Lebanon, Cambodia... [Salvador] See more »

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23 April 1986 (USA)  »

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$4,500,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Oliver Stone's first choice for the role of Richard Boyle was Marlon Brando, who had become notoriously reclusive by the time this project got underway. See more »

Goofs

In the middle of the film, during Christmas, Cathy Moore says to Richard Boyle "you're 42 years-old." At the end of the film the border officer reports his birth date as being "2-26-43". As the story takes place during 1980-1981, Boyle would be 37 or 38 years-old during that time period. See more »

Quotes

Doctor Rock: [about Ronald Reagan] Can you believe that a straight man to a chimpanzee is going to be the next President of the United States? I mean, doesn't that depress you?
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Connections

Featured in The 100 Greatest War Films (2005) See more »

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Los Vientos De Octubre
Instrumental Written & Performed Yolocamba Ita
Courtesy of Discos Pentagrama S.A.
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Incredible movie ... but a bit preachy
15 July 2004 | by See all my reviews

Salvador is a revelation. incredible movie about the horrors of US intervention in the third world.

however, stone would have been better off simply showing the situation instead of subjecting the viewer to long drawn out monologues. i think most viewers groaned when michael douglas launched into his "So Bud, do you think we're living in a democracy" speech in WALLSTREET, and there are a few such sermons here.

stone should watch THREE KINGS to see how it's done. let the viewer make his own conclusions instead of pounding him over the head with pre-fab ones.

for those who think the interventions in salvador, Vietnam, cambodia, laos, philippines, etc were justified, they probably have not been to any of these places. granted it was the cold war... which is the excuse that is generally used... but the cold war is over and US policy has not changed in the slightest. the US is always at war, the cold war, the war on drugs, the war on terror, it goes on and on.

anyone with a conscience should see SALVADOR, the world's first (and last?) political roadtrip movie. this is belushi's and woods' finest hour.


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