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Salvador (1986)

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

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María (as Elpedia Carrillo)
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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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23 April 1986 (USA)  »

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Outpost: Salvador  »

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$4,500,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The infamous scene where Richard Boyle takes confession was entirely improvised, according to James Woods. Woods also believes that that scene is what garnered him his Oscar nomination. See more »

Goofs

When Richard Boyle is being attacked by the thugs, you can clearly see that the blows do not hit him, yet he reacts as if it were so. See more »

Quotes

María: I can't marry a divorced man!
Richard Boyle: God!
María: And you, Richard, are a bad Catholic in all ways.
Richard Boyle: How am I a bad Catholic?
María: You are living in sin. You drink!
Richard Boyle: Okay, yeah, once in a while...
María: You sleep with many women... Do you smoke marijuana?
Richard Boyle: No, that was Rock! He's a troublemaker!
María: And you lie. You scheming scum! What is good or decent about you? What redemption can you expect?
Richard Boyle: Well none I guess, but look... okay you got a point, I am a fucking weasel, there's no doubt about that. But think about this... If I...
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Connections

Referenced in Rewind This! (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Con Farabundo And Romero
Written by Luis Enrique Majia Godoy of Nicaragua
Performed by Yolocamba Ita
Courtesy of Discos Pentagrama S.A.
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Heavy Stuff
1 February 2000 | by (Bedfordshire, England) – See all my reviews

Before i watched this movie i knew nothing about the troubles in El Salvador.This opened my eyes to the rein of terror that went on there ( And still does as far as i know). Salvador is a very Graphic movie that does not shirk on showing the bloodshed and trauma suffered. It is a superb debut movie by Oliver Stone which only became a taster of things to come.I enjoyed this film even though the subject matter was fairly heavy not to mention politically complex. 7 out of 10


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