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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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Dateline: 1980 El Salvador - Correspondent: Richard Boyle, Photojournalist Guatemala, Iran, Vietnam, Chile, Belfast, Lebanon, Cambodia... [Salvador] See more »


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23 April 1986 (USA)  »

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Outpost: Salvador  »

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$4,500,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The movie had an advisor who was killed in El Salvador during the production. See more »

Goofs

When the young man is executed while Belushi and Woods are in the armored personnel carrier, the gun is obviously pointed over the man's head. See more »

Quotes

María: I can't marry a divorced man!
Richard Boyle: God!
María: And you, Richard, are a bad Catholic in all ways.
Richard Boyle: How am I a bad Catholic?
María: You are living in sin. You drink!
Richard Boyle: Okay, yeah, once in a while...
María: You sleep with many women... Do you smoke marijuana?
Richard Boyle: No, that was Rock! He's a troublemaker!
María: And you lie. You scheming scum! What is good or decent about you? What redemption can you expect?
Richard Boyle: Well none I guess, but look... okay you got a point, I am a fucking weasel, there's no doubt about that. But think about this... If I...
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Connections

Referenced in The Redemption of Joel with John D'Aquino (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Bahia De Jiquilisco
Written by Oscar Baltazar
Performed by Trios Hnos Carcamo
Courtesy of Discos Lando Records
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Now watch the doc on the DVD!
6 April 2007 | by See all my reviews

This movie was overshadowed by Platoon. The connection being that both are from the genius Oliver Stone! And both being released in 1986! Salvador at least as engaging as Platoon, but looking and feeling a lot more raw.

You get the feeling it's a documentary. The camera is in your face! Which is exactly what Oliver Stone wanted you to feel! And who better to represent the audience than a journalist (James Woods)?

Although if you watch the document about making this movie, which is as exciting as the future film itself, you'll appreciate the film a lot more! You will love it a lot more! Watch the movie for it's gritty content and for the fact it's a no holds barred look at a war zone and the depiction of that situation through media and politics!


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