Salvador (1986)

R  |   |  Drama, History, Thriller  |  23 April 1986 (USA)
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An American photojournalist gets caught in a political struggle at El Salvador in 1980.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
María (as Elpedia Carrillo)
Cathy Moore (as Cindy Gibb)
Will MacMillan ...
José Carlos Ruiz ...
Jorge Luke ...
Colonel Julio Figueroa
Army Lieutenant
Salvador Sánchez ...
Human Rights Leader
Rosario Zúñiga ...
Human Rights Assistant


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 <>

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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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Outpost: Salvador  »

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$4,500,000 (estimated)

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


At minute 41:44, when Major Max is giving his speech at the dinner table, as he circles the table you can clearly see the camera and boom operator reflected in the black window behind him. See more »


Richard Boyle: [he and his friend are being searched by troops] Whatever you do,okay, don't get on the ground.
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References The Last House on the Left (1972) See more »


En San Salvador
Written by Culberto Garcia Medina
Performed by Trio Azteca
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Oliver Stone's best movie
24 October 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Salvador is Oliver's Stone's best movie. This was a low budget movie and the last one Stone made before Platoon. This is a guerilla movie in the true sense of the work. A movie made about a guerilla revolt in El Salvador and one American journalist's story during that revolution; and made on in a guerilla style with a lot of hand-helded shots and local Mexican atmosphere and actors. James Wood and Jim Belushi are excellent. Except for the politics and an acid trip scene, this film is very gritty and real. Now it does have a frat boy road trip aspect, but that only adds a comic touch that is almost endearing at times. Set against the brutality of the civil war of El Salvador, the comedy helps keep the movie from being overly harsh and pedantic, which Mr. Stone tends to want to lean towards in portraying the politics of the time and place. Thankfully Mr. Stone is more interesting in entertaining then preaching in this movie, and with the excellent acting accomplishes this goal.

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