A burnt-out photojournalist becomes involved in a Central American revolution.

Director:

Oliver Stone
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Dateline: 1980 El Salvador - Correspondent: Richard Boyle, Photojournalist Guatemala, Iran, Vietnam, Chile, Belfast, Lebanon, Cambodia... [Salvador] See more »

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Drama | History | Thriller | War

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Richard Boyle is asked how Pol Pot and Castro are any better than the leaders in El Salvador. Director Oliver Stone would eventually film two documentaries interviewing Cuban leader Fidel Castro. See more »

Goofs

El Salvador doesn't have nearly as many cows as the film portrays. See more »

Quotes

Doctor Rock: [there is a letter on Boyle's door] What does it say?
Richard Boyle: 'Fuck you' in Italian.
Richard Boyle: [sees the room and crumples the letter] Shit, she's gone back to Italy to her parents. Goddamnit!
Doctor Rock: That's too bad, Richard. But at least she left the TV.
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Alternate Versions

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 »

Connections

References The Dawn Patrol (1938) See more »

Soundtracks

Away From You
Written by Jim Odum & Terry Brock
Performed by Network
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Heavy Stuff
1 February 2000 | by CharltonBoySee 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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Official Sites:

HBOMAX [United States]

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

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,500,000
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo (uncredited)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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