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

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Oliver Stone
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Woods ... Richard Boyle
Jim Belushi ... Dr. Rock (as James Belushi)
Michael Murphy ... Ambassador Thomas Kelly
John Savage ... John Cassady
Elpidia Carrillo ... María (as Elpedia Carrillo)
Tony Plana ... Major Max
Colby Chester ... Jack Morgan
Cynthia Gibb ... Cathy Moore (as Cindy Gibb)
Will MacMillan ... Col. Hyde
Valerie Wildman ... Pauline Axelrod
José Carlos Ruiz ... Archbishop Romero (as Jose Carlos Ruiz)
Jorge Luke ... Col. Julio Figueroa
Juan Fernández ... Army Lieutenant
Salvador Sánchez ... Human Rights Leader
Rosario Zúñiga ... HIS Assistant (as Rosario Zuniga)
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Storyline

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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Løgnen... Sandheden... Historien... [Denmark] See more »

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Drama | History | Thriller | War

Certificate:

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Country:

UK | USA | Mexico

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

23 April 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Outpost: Salvador See more »

Filming Locations:

Alameda County, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,500,000, 31 December 1986
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film's opening prologue states, "This film is based on events that occurred in 1980-1981. Characters have been fictionalized." See more »

Goofs

When Richard Boyle is being attacked by the thugs, you can clearly see that the blows do not hit him, yet he reacts as if it were so. 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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Soundtracks

El Casorio De Los Compas
Written & Performed by Yolocamba Ita
Courtesy of Pentagrama S.A.
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Incredible movie ... but a bit preachy
15 July 2004 | by withnail-1See 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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