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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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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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23 April 1986 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$4,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,500,000, 31 December 1986
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Hemdale is the name of the production company that financed Salvador (1986). It also financed director Oliver Stone's other film, Platoon (1986), that same year. See more »

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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

Richard Boyle: Is that why you're here, Colonel? Some kind of post-Vietnam experience like you need a rerun or something? You pour a hundred twenty million bucks into this place, you turn it into a military zone, so what, so you can have chopper parades in the sky?
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Featured in The Directors: The Films of Oliver Stone (2000) See more »

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Running On Empty
Written & Performed by Jackson Browne
Swallow Music (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Elektra-Asylum Records
by arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Heavy Stuff
1 February 2000 | by See all my reviews

Before i watched this movie i knew nothing about the troubles in El Salvador.This opened my eyes to the rein of terror that went on there ( And still does as far as i know). Salvador is a very Graphic movie that does not shirk on showing the bloodshed and trauma suffered. It is a superb debut movie by Oliver Stone which only became a taster of things to come.I enjoyed this film even though the subject matter was fairly heavy not to mention politically complex. 7 out of 10


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