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... See full summary »
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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
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The movie refers to "Cédulas". Also spelled as Cedulas, the term is short a form for "Cédula de Identidad" or "Cédula de Ciudadanía". They are also known as "Documento de Identidads" (DNI). Characters in the film explain them to be voting papers or birth certificates but a fuller definition of Cedulas explains them as being identity papers or national identity documents. Cedulas, which are by literal definition some form of an order or authorization, are used in quite a number of Latin, Central and South American countries such as El Salvador. Cedulas can also refer to an identity document's number. See more »
When the young man is executed while Belushi and Woods are in the armored personnel carrier, the gun is obviously pointed over the man's head. See more »
Major Maximiliano 'Max' Casanova:
[in the commercial]
As you well know, I stand for nationalism, law and order, and economic prosperity. More importantly, I stand for the church... and a peaceful Salvador!
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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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