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Salvador (1986)

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

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Cathy Moore (as Cindy Gibb)
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Archbishop Romero (as Jose Carlos Ruiz)
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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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When James Woods discovered that there was a blank cartridge in the rifle which could have damaged his head, he refused to continue with the scene, resulting in another of the many fierce arguments between cast and crew. See more »

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When the colonel approaches Boyle, he is sprayed with mace. Less than half a minute later, he has completely recovered. See more »

Quotes

Richard Boyle: [his last lines] You don't know what it's like in El Salvador! You have no idea! Maria! *Maria!*
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Bill Murray/Percy Sledge (1987) See more »

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Queen Of Hearts
Written by Hank DeVito
Performed by Juice Newton
Drunk Monkey Music (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Capital Records
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One of Oliver Stone's two masterpieces
15 September 2005 | by (Mountains of Madness) – See all my reviews

The cinematic equivalent of being busted in the chops over and over again until you can only fall, this, along with his TALK RADIO, is Oliver Stone's masterpiece.

It is one of the most driven dramas I have ever witnessed, a work propelled by anger, a burning sense of justice and fiery humanism. It depicts a corrupt, murdering regime with savage focus and makes no dramatic concessions to the incendiary material.

Financed slightly outside the Hollywood system, it boasts a dozen extraordinary performances and a brand of camera-work (by Stone regular Robert Richardson) that expertly marries documentary-style coverage to classic composition.

SALVADOR has so much to say, but it concludes having not said it all because it hasn't the time.

It's quite incredible.


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