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Into the Valley of Death (2001)

A documentary that revisits the troubled filming of "Salvador", directed by Oliver Stone on locations in Mexico and in El Salvador during the civil war that killed hundreds of people. Stone... See full summary »

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A documentary that revisits the troubled filming of "Salvador", directed by Oliver Stone on locations in Mexico and in El Salvador during the civil war that killed hundreds of people. Stone along with main stars James Woods and James Belushi, and writer Richard Boyle share their experiences of making a film that not only was difficult to shoot but also difficult in dealing with a controversial topic. Written by Rodrigo Amaro

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The Charge of the Light Brigade
24 June 2009 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Written, produced, and directed by Charles Kiselyak, for inclusion as a special feature in the 2001 release of the film "Salvador" (1986) on DVD. A frequent Oliver Stone documenter, Mr. Kiselyak is sympathetic with Mr. Stone's political points. "In the Valley of Death" features interviews with director Stone, star James Woods, writer Rick Boyle, co-star James Belushi, and (then) Ambassador to El Salvador Robert White.

They provide insight in several areas - mainly, they reveal behavioral problems among the film's personnel, and delve deeper into the political view that the United States, during the first Ronald Reagan/George Bush "regime", encouraged brutality. The statements, by Reagan officials, suggesting that the American nuns somehow invited their gruesome rape and execution (an incident the film recreates) are particularly damaging.

**** Into the Valley of Death (6/5/01) Charles Kiselyak ~ Oliver Stone, James Woods, Rick Boyle


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