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Salvador

1986, Drama, 1h 57m

29 Reviews 5,000+ Ratings

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Despite its somewhat disjointed narrative, Oliver Stone's Salvador is a vivid and powerful political drama that sets an early tone for the director's similarly provocative future projects. Read critic reviews

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Unable to find work in America because of his penchant for booze and drugs, photojournalist Richard Boyle (James Woods) heads to El Salvador with his DJ friend Doctor Rock (James Belushi) to see if he can get a gig covering the country's ongoing civil war. Boyle decides it's time to flee the country when the violence escalates to a level that even he is uncomfortable with, but his relationship with an El Salvadorian woman (Elpidia Carrillo) complicates matters.

Cast & Crew

James Woods
Richard Boyle
Jim Belushi
Doctor Rock
Michael Murphy
Ambassador Thomas Kelly
John Savage
John Cassady ('Newsweek' reporter, photographer)
Tony Plana
Maj. Maximiliano 'Major Max' Casanova (presdential candidate)
Colby Chester
Jack Morgan (U.S. State Dept. Analyst [CIA])
Cynthia Gibb
Cathy Moore (Catholic lay worker)
Will MacMillan
Col. Bentley Hyde Sr. (Officer, MILGROUP)
Valerie Wildman
Pauline Axelrod (reporter, ANS News)
José Carlos Ruiz
Archbishop Romero
Jorge Luke
Col. Julio Figueroa
Juan Fernandez
Army lieutenant
Salvador Sanchez
Human rights leader
Rosario Zuniga
Human rights assistant
John Daly
Executive Producer
Derek Gibson
Executive Producer
Georges Delerue
Original Music
Robert Richardson
Cinematographer
Claire Simpson
Film Editing
Bruno Rubeo
Production Design
Ramón Menéndez
First Assistant Director
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Critic Reviews for Salvador

Audience Reviews for Salvador

  • Aug 13, 2015
    There's plenty of substance, the problem is Stone's insistence on filming it like a documentary which leaves the tone floundering.
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  • Jul 09, 2014
    "..... remains one of his strongest works to date." Maybe so, but I found it quite dated.
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  • Mar 07, 2014
    With great regret, Salvador doesn't get the air play that it should. This chronicle of the turmoil in El Salvador is powerful and gives honour to those lost in the conflict.
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  • Mar 15, 2013
    Its definitely one of the better films about American journalists embedded in a foreign country. The politics are understandably angry and James Woods' scrappy performance is just great.
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