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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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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

Orion Pictures was initially to distribute the movie, but out of concern of the film's grim ending, the studio backed out and the producers at Hemdale Film Corporation released it themselves. An Orion executive admitted later that the decision was a mistake. See more »

Goofs

Archbishop Romero is killed at point-blank range by a handgun. However, the real Romero was shot by a sniper (though in the same circumstances). See more »

Quotes

María: I always dreamed of going to California.
Richard Boyle: It's a wacko joint. Not like El Salvador.
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Connections

Referenced in Resurrecting 'Alexander' (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Bahia De Jiquilisco
Written by Oscar Baltazar
Performed by Trios Hnos Carcamo
Courtesy of Discos Lando Records
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One Of Oliver Stone's Best Films To Re-Discover
11 February 2018 | by gogoschka-1See all my reviews

Compelling civil war drama by Oliver Stone with a great James Woods (as well as a great Jim Belushi). Stone's best films have always been his highly political ones, and this is no exception. Brutal, realistic portrayal of the conflict in El Salvador and America's implications. This is one to re-discover by film fans as it seems to have fallen a bit into obscurity over the years. Highly recommended: 8 stars out of 10.

In case you're interested in more underrated masterpieces, here's some of my favorites:

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