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Savior (1998)

R | | Drama, War | 20 November 1998 (USA)
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A hardened mercenary in the Foreign Legion begins to find his own humanity when confronted with atrocities during the fighting in Bosnia.

Director:

Predrag Antonijevic (as Peter Antonijevic)

Writer:

Robert Orr
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nastassja Kinski ... Maria Rose
Pascal Rollin Pascal Rollin ... Paris Priest
Catlin Foster Catlin Foster ... Christian Rose
Dennis Quaid ... Joshua Rose / Guy
Stellan Skarsgård ... Peter Dominic (as Stellan Skarsgard)
John Maclaren ... Colonel
Irfan Mensur Irfan Mensur ... Drill Sergeant
Sergej Trifunovic ... Goran
Kosta Andrejevic Kosta Andrejevic ... Boy on Bridge
Ljiljana Krstic Ljiljana Krstic ... Old Lady
Sanja Zogovic Sanja Zogovic ... Girl on Bridge
Veljko Otasevic Veljko Otasevic ... Orthodox Priest
Marina Bukvicki Marina Bukvicki ... Muslim Girl (as Marina Bukvic)
Dusan Perkovic Dusan Perkovic ... Uncle Ratko
Natasa Ninkovic Natasa Ninkovic ... Vera
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Storyline

It's sometime in the recent past. After his wife Maria and adolescent son Christian are killed in a Muslim fundamentalist terror attack at a civilian target that many officials frequent in Paris, Joshua Rose, working in the US foreign service, takes decisive measures to avenge their deaths. The most broad of those measures is joining the Foreign Legion under the given name Guy - he completing his training in 1987 - and assigning himself to fight in Bosnia in 1993 in the Balkan War, acting as a sniper for the Serb forces in an excuse to shoot to kill Muslims almost at will. He seems unmoved not only by anyone he kills, not knowing if they were just in the wrong place at the wrong time or truly Muslim warriors, but also by the brutal acts of murder committed by others around him. Things begin to change when he encounters Vera, a pregnant young woman who is trying to make her way home in what was the most recent prisoner swap between the Serbs and Muslim Bosniaks. All he knows about her ... Written by Huggo

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He's fighting a war he doesn't believe in, hoping to find something he does. See more »

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Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence including brutal war atrocities, and for language | See all certifications »

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The (rather gross) contents of the baby's nappy was actually peach marmalade. See more »

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The opening scene is set in the 1980s, but the army soldiers are wearing Persian Gulf War ribbons on their uniforms and the Gulf War had not occurred yet. See more »

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Guy: Sorry about your family.
Vera: It's war.
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Zajdi, Zajdi
Composed by Aleksander Sarievski
Performed by Branka Vasic
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1942 or 1992 a word of warning on the human condition
11 October 2003 | by grunselSee all my reviews

At first on hearing Dennis Quaid I thought this would be usual "Hollywood Hero saves the world" offering from the Hollywood Studios. How wrong I was,Dennis Quaid gives a stunning performance of a good man struggling to understand a world of brutality and inhumanity. Against all odds he does what he thinks his right and realizes the baby represents the only hope he and the human race have? There will probably be critics from those who were involved the conflict who will say this is an inaccurate "Hollywood Version" of events.This may or may not be true, but what Quaid has done here is made a bridge from the world depicted here and the rest of the world not involved in the conflict, enabling us to understand it more.

This film is not mainstream enough to have become a blockbuster,with lots of honours, but I would like to think Quaid and Kinski will remain justifiably proud of their involvement in this film for all time.


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Country:

USA

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English | Serbian | French

Release Date:

20 November 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A megmentő See more »

Filming Locations:

Montenegro See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,898, 22 November 1998

Gross USA:

$14,328

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,328
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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