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
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Near the end of the film, there is a massive cavalry charge by the rebels. According to Jim Belushi (who played Doctor Rock in this film), director Oliver Stone forfeited his $25,000 paycheck to pay for the scene with the horses. See more »
At 28:10 one of the "dead" bodies in the landfill moves his head. See more »
I can't marry a divorced man!
And you, Richard, are a bad Catholic in all ways.
How am I a bad Catholic?
You are living in sin. You drink!
Okay, yeah, once in a while...
You sleep with many women... Do you smoke marijuana?
No, that was Rock! He's a troublemaker!
And you lie. You scheming scum! What is good or decent about you? What redemption can you expect?
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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According to the Oliver Stone biography "Stone: The Controversies, Excesses, and Exploits of a Radical Filmmaker" by James Riordan, the film was originally meant to be a two and a half hour release from a 150 page script, and much extra footage was cut due to box office concerns and by the original studio, Orion, who saw that a lot of the footage was too excessive or violent (one such scene described in the book was of an orgy scene with Rick Boyle and Dr. Rock and a bag of ears casually tossed on to a table). Stone regrets this decision as the film ended up, and was criticized for being, choppy in some of its editing. Some of this deleted footage is included on the Special Edition DVD. See more »
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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