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Salvador (1986)

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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Richard Boyle
... Dr. Rock (as James Belushi)
... Ambassador Thomas Kelly
... John Cassady
... María (as Elpedia Carrillo)
... Major Max
... Jack Morgan
... Cathy Moore (as Cindy Gibb)
... Col. Hyde
... Pauline Axelrod
... Archbishop Romero (as Jose Carlos Ruiz)
... Col. Julio Figueroa
... Army Lieutenant
Salvador Sánchez ... Human Rights Leader
... HIS Assistant (as Rosario Zuniga)
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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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Drama | History | Thriller | War

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23 April 1986 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$4,500,000 (estimated)

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$1,500,000, 31 December 1986
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According to Jim Belushi (Doctor Rock), there were no trailers or make-up during production. Belushi admitted that he ended up using his own clothes in certain parts of the film. See more »

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In the middle of the film, during Christmas, Cathy Moore says to Richard Boyle "you're 42 years-old." At the end of the film the border officer reports his birth date as being "2-26-43". As the story takes place during 1980-1981, Boyle would be 37 or 38 years-old during that time period. See more »

Quotes

Richard Boyle: [about his girlfriend] I mean they could come tonight, take her away and they could kill her too!
Ambassador Thomas Kelly: Richard, Richard... that doesn't have anything to do with us. And you know the laws of this country. She's gonna have to go back to her home town.
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Connections

Featured in The 59th Annual Academy Awards (1987) See more »

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En San Salvador
Written by Culberto Garcia Medina
Performed by Trio Azteca
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Incredible movie ... but a bit preachy
15 July 2004 | by See all my reviews

Salvador is a revelation. incredible movie about the horrors of US intervention in the third world.

however, stone would have been better off simply showing the situation instead of subjecting the viewer to long drawn out monologues. i think most viewers groaned when michael douglas launched into his "So Bud, do you think we're living in a democracy" speech in WALLSTREET, and there are a few such sermons here.

stone should watch THREE KINGS to see how it's done. let the viewer make his own conclusions instead of pounding him over the head with pre-fab ones.

for those who think the interventions in salvador, Vietnam, cambodia, laos, philippines, etc were justified, they probably have not been to any of these places. granted it was the cold war... which is the excuse that is generally used... but the cold war is over and US policy has not changed in the slightest. the US is always at war, the cold war, the war on drugs, the war on terror, it goes on and on.

anyone with a conscience should see SALVADOR, the world's first (and last?) political roadtrip movie. this is belushi's and woods' finest hour.


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