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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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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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En eksplosiv film af Oliver Stone, manden bag PLATOON... [Denmark] See more »

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$4,500,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Although Marlon Brando was Stone's first choice, he also offered the lead role to Paul Newman and Lee Marvin. Newman liked the project, but had so many other interests to take that he could not fit it into his schedule. Marvin also liked the script, but felt he was too old for the role and also did not want to travel as much as the film required. Marvin died the year after the picture was released. See more »

Goofs

The position of the gun in the red-shirted man's hand changes from lowered to 90 degrees with his body. See more »

Quotes

Richard Boyle: [furious at the sight of how rebels treat their prisoners] Is this your sense of justice?!
Rebel Woman: [In Spanish] It's necessary!
Richard Boyle: [Is pulled away by two rebels] You've become just like them! You've become just like them!
Rebel Youth: This is war! You don't have the stomach for it! Get out!
Richard Boyle: [Turns around one last time] YOU'VE BECOME JUST LIKE THEM!
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Featured in The 59th Annual Academy Awards (1987) See more »

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Gloria
Written & Performed by Yolocamba Ita
Courtesy of Pentagrama S.A.
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Salvador is one wild ride
11 December 2003 | by (Jakarta, Indonesia) – See all my reviews

In the beginning the viewer thinks he has stumbled upon a road-trip gone wrong movie; this initial impression is strengthened by the presence of James Belushi, in a fantastic comedic/dramatic role. However, Stone ratchets up the tension in this political thriller as events escalate and force the protagonists to make difficult choices and take sides... an incredible film and memorable performances by Belushi and James Woods, who plays the ultimate cynic. a must see film.


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