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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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$4,500,000 (estimated)
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According to director Oliver Stone, there was a dinner where James Woods (Richard Boyle) and Jim Belushi (Doctor Rock) met their real life counterparts. In Stone's words, Belushi stormed out of the dinner in a rage, while Woods did not get along with the real Boyle. See more »

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In the beginning of the movie, the main character (Woods) complains to his friend (Belushi) that San Francisco has become a "yuppie" town. The word "yuppie" is used frequently. However, the movie is set in 1980-81, and the term "yuppie" didn't become popular until 1983-84. An early, obscure use of the word from 1980 exists, but a syndicated 1983 magazine article is commonly viewed as the introduction of the term. See more »

Quotes

Doctor Rock: [waves a beer bottle at the gangsters] Okay, cocksuckers, how do you like these odds, huh?
[attempts to break the end of the bottle, but it doesn't break]
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Featured in The Directors: The Films of Oliver Stone (2000) See more »

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En San Salvador
Written by Culberto Garcia Medina
Performed by Trio Azteca
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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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