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Salt (2010)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Crime, Mystery  |  23 July 2010 (USA)
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A CIA agent goes on the run after a defector accuses her of being a Russian spy.



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Evelyn Salt is a CIA agent and highly respected by all, including her boss, Ted Winter. Out of the blue, a Russian spy walks into their offices and offers a vital piece of information: the President of Russia will be assassinated during his forthcoming visit to New York City to attend the funeral of the recently deceased U.S. Vice President. The name of the assassin: Evelyn Salt. Concerned about the safety of her husband, who she cannot contact, she goes on the run. Winter refuses to accept that she is a mole or a double agent but her actions begin to raise doubts. Just who is Evelyn Salt and what is she planning? Written by garykmcd

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Don't Trust Salt. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

23 July 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Edwin A. Salt  »

Box Office


$110,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$36,011,243 (USA) (23 July 2010)


$118,311,368 (USA) (22 October 2010)

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Technical Specs


| (director's cut) | (unrated)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The compound that Salt makes in the interrogation room, just before the tactical team attempts to gas her while she's still in the CIA office building, is a mixture of ammonia and iodine. This makes ammonium triiodide, a very sensitive contact explosive, but only when the brown precipitate is completely dry. The mixture forms a brown paste that dries into crystalline form. Any pressure on the crystals will trigger them to explode, even a breath of air can set them off. See more »


In the beginning of the film when Evelyn Salt is being exchanged on the North Korean side of the bridge can be seen 2 armoured vehicles these are FV432's manufactured by GKN Sankey in 1962 for the British Army in use until the 1980's. See more »


[first lines]
Evelyn Salt: [being dragged out and tied down] Please let me go home. Please, I'm not who you think I am. I'm really not who you think I am. Please. Please, I'm not a spy.
North Korean Torturer: You are a spy!
Evelyn Salt: I'm not a spy. Please let me go home.
North Korean Torturer: Try again.
Evelyn Salt: I am not a spy! I am a business woman. I work for Rink Petroleum and Gas. Please call them. I work for Rink Petroleum!
North Korean Torturer: You are here to sabotage our nuclear ambitions. Yes?
Evelyn Salt: [water tube being forced into her mouth] I am not a spy! I am not a spy!
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Referenced in Hollywood's Top Ten: All About Politics (2011) See more »


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Good Action Flick
27 August 2010 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Many reviewers here have stated that this movie isn't realistic because 'Salt doesn't get bruised enough' or 'no one her size could...' Have these people ever been to an action movie before? NO ACTION MOVIE IS REALISTIC. They are all written to be over-the-top because that's what makes them entertaining. We suspend disbelief to enter the world of the action-hero (or heroine) and we go along for the thrilling ride that is sometimes so over-the-top it's ridiculous! But that's what makes it fun. If action movies were realistic, they would be slow and boring. This movie does not cross the line anymore than any other action movie.

Salt delivers exactly what is promised -- a solid 100 minutes of action. It keeps you watching, it keeps you guessing (even when it turns out you were right in some cases), and it entertains from start to finish. If you like the action movie genre, chances are you will enjoy this movie.

As for the reviewers who criticized the way Russians are portrayed, the action genre plays to comic book-like caricatures. The villains are no more realistic than the heroine! This isn't a documentary!

If you like action movies, give Salt a go. Angelina won't disappoint.

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