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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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$4,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,500,000, 31 December 1986
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

At minute 41:44, when Major Max is giving his speech at the dinner table, as he circles the table you can clearly see the camera and boom operator reflected in the black window behind him. See more »

Quotes

Major Maximiliano 'Max' Casanova: [in the commercial] As you well know, I stand for nationalism, law and order, and economic prosperity. More importantly, I stand for the church... and a peaceful Salvador!
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Referenced in Speaking Parts (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

Con Farabundo And Romero
Written by Luis Enrique Majia Godoy of Nicaragua
Performed by Yolocamba Ita
Courtesy of Discos Pentagrama S.A.
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Now watch the doc on the DVD!
6 April 2007 | by See all my reviews

This movie was overshadowed by Platoon. The connection being that both are from the genius Oliver Stone! And both being released in 1986! Salvador at least as engaging as Platoon, but looking and feeling a lot more raw.

You get the feeling it's a documentary. The camera is in your face! Which is exactly what Oliver Stone wanted you to feel! And who better to represent the audience than a journalist (James Woods)?

Although if you watch the document about making this movie, which is as exciting as the future film itself, you'll appreciate the film a lot more! You will love it a lot more! Watch the movie for it's gritty content and for the fact it's a no holds barred look at a war zone and the depiction of that situation through media and politics!


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