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Salvador (1986)

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 due to his health problems. Marvin died the year after the picture was released. See more »

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

Quotes

Jack Morgan - State Department Analyst: Do you want to go down in the history books as the man who lost El Salvador?
Ambassador Thomas Kelly: That's hardly the issue here! We're talking about human lives here! We're not playing some computer game! Jesus, history books? God!
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Featured in The 100 Greatest War Films (2005) See more »

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Running On Empty
Written & Performed by Jackson Browne
Swallow Music (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Elektra-Asylum Records
by arrangement with Warner Special Products
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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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