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A CIA agent goes on the run after a defector accuses her of being a Russian spy.

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Phillip Noyce

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Kurt Wimmer
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Angelina Jolie ... Evelyn Salt
Liev Schreiber ... Ted Winter
Chiwetel Ejiofor ... Peabody
Daniel Olbrychski ... Orlov
August Diehl ... Mike Krause
Daniel Pearce ... Young Orlov
Hunt Block ... U.S. President Lewis
Andre Braugher ... Secretary of Defense
Olek Krupa ... Russian President Matveyev
Cassidy Hinkle ... 12-Year-Old Chenkov
Corey Stoll ... Shnaider
Vladislav Koulikov Vladislav Koulikov ... Chenkov's Father
Olya Zueva ... Chenkov's Mother
Kevin O'Donnell ... Young CIA Officer
Gaius Charles ... CIA Officer
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Storyline

Evelyn Salt is a CIA agent and highly respected by all, including her boss, Ted Winter. Out of the blue, a Russian spy walks into their offices and offers a vital piece of information: the President of Russia will be assassinated during his forthcoming visit to New York City to attend the funeral of the recently deceased U.S. Vice President. The name of the assassin: Evelyn Salt. Concerned about the safety of her husband, who she cannot contact, she goes on the run. Winter refuses to accept that she is a mole or a double agent but her actions begin to raise doubts. Just who is Evelyn Salt and what is she planning? Written by garykmcd

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Don't Trust Salt. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian | Korean

Release Date:

23 July 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Edwin A. Salt See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$110,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$36,011,243, 25 July 2010, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$118,311,368, 24 October 2010

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$293,503,304, 13 February 2011
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Runtime:

| (director's cut) | (unrated)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The screenplay for this film was featured in the 2007 Blacklist; a list of the "most liked" unmade scripts of the year. See more »

Goofs

Orlov states his name as Oleg Vasilievich Orlov in the beginning of the movie. When the CIA officer looks him up in the next shot, the name is incorrectly listed on the computer screen as Oleg Vasiliy Orlov. In Russian, a patronymic (name derived from the father's name) is used as a middle name (commonly given with the first name as a compound name). "Vasilievich" is the patronymic meaning "son of Vasily." See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Evelyn Salt: [being dragged out and tied down] Please let me go home. Please, I'm not who you think I am. I'm really not who you think I am. Please. Please, I'm not a spy.
North Korean Torturer: You are a spy!
Evelyn Salt: I'm not a spy. Please let me go home.
North Korean Torturer: Try again.
Evelyn Salt: I am not a spy! I am a business woman. I work for Rink Petroleum and Gas. Please call them. I work for Rink Petroleum!
North Korean Torturer: You are here to sabotage our nuclear ambitions. Yes?
Evelyn Salt: [gasoline funnel being forced into her mouth] I am not a spy! I am not a spy!
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References From Russia with Love (1963) See more »

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Arranged by Irina Mikhailova
Performed by Irina Mikhailova and Hans Christian
Courtesy of Well-Tempered Productions
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Entertaining Action Thriller But Die Hard Becomes Die Never; Also the Plot Development Gets a Little Unbelievable
12 September 2010 | by classicalsteveSee all my reviews

When Bruce Willis makes crash landings in the original "Die Hard" movie, at least he winces in pain and it takes him a few moments to regain composure. In "Salt", when Angelina Jolie jumps consecutively onto six moving trucks on the freeway, she's flying right up and instantly running at Olympic record pace, sort of like the original Terminator except sporting lipstick. Throughout the movie, she decks secret service agents faster than they can graduate out of combat training if she's not pushing out of moving vehicles going 70 mph while wearing handcuffs, although the officers forgot to put the cuffs on behind her. They put them on in front of her leaving her with a slight chance to get away. I guess the point of this movie: don't try this at home.

The essential plot I think is quite compelling, and I don't want to give too much away but only to say that nothing is at it seems until the very end. But I think I would have liked more of the mystery behind the story than all the long action sequences which I felt undermined a potentially complex idea. These days in filmmaking, it seems that the longer action sequences displace story development. There are flashbacks to a greater story but a lot of it was more confusing than insightful.

After a brief prelude in which Jolie is interrogated and tortured by North Korean military agents, the movie begins, presumably about a year later, with a Russian requesting asylum with the United States via the CIA. Agent Evelyn Salt (Jolie) interrogates the defector who tells a strange story about how the Russians infiltrate the United States with moles programmed and brainwashed during childhood. Only seconds after the interview is over, the defector is killing CIA agents and escaping the headquarters. And so is Salt. In fact, the agency is more determined to get Salt than the defector, which is one of the many little glaring plot problems that occur during this movie. The non-stop action begins here, fueled by several plots and subplots.

I think Salt is a decent film but not a great one. At least what it does successfully is keep you guessing. You're not sure what Salt is doing, where she's going, or even whose side she's on which keeps you at the edge of your seat. By movies end, I still had a lot of unanswered questions that were not explained through the action sequences. I also realized at one point, Jolie doesn't say much after the initial interview until the very end. It's hard not to like Jolie but I think she should have requested a bit of a better script with a little bit less chasing, gunning and blowing things up. Jolie can also act, not just chase.


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