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



, (as Richard Boyle)

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Talk Radio (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A rude, contemptuous talk show host becomes overwhelmed by the hatred that surrounds his program just before it goes national.

Director: Oliver Stone
Stars: Eric Bogosian, Ellen Greene, Leslie Hope
Action | Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The final movie in Oliver Stone's Vietnam trilogy follows the true story of a Vietnamese village girl who survives a life of suffering and hardship during and after the Vietnam war. As a ... See full summary »

Director: Oliver Stone
Stars: Hiep Thi Le, Tommy Lee Jones, Haing S. Ngor
Nixon (1995)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A biographical story of former U.S. president Richard Milhous Nixon, from his days as a young boy to his eventual presidency which ended in shame.

Director: Oliver Stone
Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Joan Allen, Powers Boothe
The Hand (1981)
Drama | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Jon Lansdale is a comic book artist who loses his right hand in a car accident. The hand was not found at the scene of the accident, but it soon returns by itself to follow Jon around, and ... See full summary »

Director: Oliver Stone
Stars: Michael Caine, Andrea Marcovicci, Annie McEnroe
U Turn (1997)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A man heading to Vegas to pay off his gambling debt before the Russian mafia kills him, is forced to stop in an Arizona town where everything that can go wrong, does go wrong.

Director: Oliver Stone
Stars: Sean Penn, Jennifer Lopez, Nick Nolte
Biography | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The biography of Ron Kovic. Paralyzed in the Vietnam war, he becomes an anti-war and pro-human rights political activist after feeling betrayed by the country he fought for.

Director: Oliver Stone
Stars: Tom Cruise, Raymond J. Barry, Caroline Kava
Seizure (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

Jonathan Frid portrays a horror novelist who has a recurring nightmare about three figures out of his book who terrorize him and his family and friends during a weekend of fun. Then the ... See full summary »

Director: Oliver Stone
Stars: Jonathan Frid, Martine Beswick, Joseph Sirola
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A road trip across five countries to explore the social and political movements as well as the mainstream media's misperception of South America while interviewing seven of its elected presidents.

Director: Oliver Stone
Stars: Tariq Ali, Raúl Castro, Hugo Chávez
The Doors (1991)
Biography | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The story of the famous and influential 1960s rock band The Doors and its lead singer and composer, Jim Morrison, from his days as a UCLA film student in Los Angeles, to his untimely death in Paris, France at age 27 in 1971.

Director: Oliver Stone
Stars: Val Kilmer, Meg Ryan, Kyle MacLachlan
JFK (1991)
Drama | History | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A New Orleans DA discovers there's more to the Kennedy assassination than the official story.

Director: Oliver Stone
Stars: Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, Jack Lemmon
W. I (2008)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A chronicle of the life and presidency of George W. Bush.

Director: Oliver Stone
Stars: Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Banks, Ioan Gruffudd
Comandante (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Documentary on the director's meeting with Castro.

Director: Oliver Stone
Stars: Fidel Castro, Oliver Stone, Juanita Vera


Cast overview, first billed only:
Doctor Rock (as James Belushi)
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 <>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


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


Drama | History | Thriller | War


R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:







Release Date:

23 April 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Outpost: Salvador  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$4,500,000 (estimated)

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


John Savage plays a fictional version of a real photographer John Hoglund or Olivier Rebbot in the movie. See more »


El Salvador doesn't have nearly as many cows as the film portrays. See more »


Cop in San Francisco: Mr. Boyle, your license has been revoked. You're driving without a license, registration, or insurance. You've got four outstanding speeding tickets, all gone to warrant. You've got forty-three unpaid parking tickets!
Richard Boyle: Jesus!
Cop in San Francisco: Nothing is legal about your car. Even your press card is out of date!
Richard Boyle: [surprised] My press card's out of date? Damned.
Cop in San Francisco: I'm taking you in.
Richard Boyle: [is getting arrested] Oh, uh, look, see I'm not that Richard Boyle, this, this happens all the time! There's another Richard Boyle...
See more »


Featured in Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004) See more »


Written & Performed by Yolocamba Ita
Courtesy of Pentagrama S.A.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

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.

26 of 35 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Movie similar to Salvador? jasonwhitt-1
TV on windshield FrmPeru
Stone's most underrated film SlipGun
only 7.5 Jefferies2006
Other salvador war film treebeard822
algun salvadoreño q la haya visto hace poco? the2ndranger
Discuss Salvador (1986) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: