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While Salvador wasn't Oliver Stone's first film (a pair of offbeat horror stories preceded it), it defined his style of fiercely dramatic, politically oriented filmmaking, staked out his territory as one of the major directors of the 1980s and 1990s, and remains one of his strongest works to date. Veteran photojournalist Richard Boyle (James Woods) has been taking his camera to the world's trouble spots for over 20 years; while he does good work, Boyle's fondness for booze and drugs, and his colossal arrogance, have given him a reputation that's left him practically unemployable. Broke and with no immediate prospects, Boyle and his buddy Doctor Rock (Jim Belushi), an out-of-work disc jockey, head to El Salvador, where Boyle is convinced that he can scare up some lucrative freelance work amidst the nation's political turmoil. However, when Boyle and Rock witness the execution of a student by government troops just as they enter the country, it becomes clear that this war is more serious than they were expecting. Increasingly convinced that El Salvador is a disaster starting to happen, Boyle eventually decides that it's time to get out; but he has fallen in love with a woman named Maria (Elpidia Carrillo), and he doesn't want to leave her behind. James Woods gives one of his best performances as Boyle; and the passion of Stone's message, aided by the power of its truth (the film is based on actual events), propels the film forward. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:September 15, 2006

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Oliver Stone Best Original Screenplay 1986 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Oliver Stone Best Director 1986 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Oliver Stone Best Screenplay 1986 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards James Woods Best Actor 1986 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences James Woods Best Actor 1986 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Robert Richardson Best Cinematography 1986 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Richard Boyle Best Original Screenplay 1986 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Richard Boyle Best Screenplay 1986 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Elpidia Carrillo Best Actress 1986 Nominee

Cast

James Woods
as Richard Boyle
James Belushi
as Dr. Rock
Michael Murphy
as Ambassador Thomas Kelly
John Savage
as John Cassady
Elpidia Carrillo
as Maria
Cynthia Gibb
as Cathy Moore
Colby Chester
as Jack Morgan
Tony Plana
as Maj. Max
Will MacMillian
as Col. Hyde
Valerie Wildman
as Pauline Axelrod
José Carlos Ruiz
as Archbishop Romero
Jorge Luke
as Col. Julio Figueroa
Juan Fernandez
as Army Lieutenant
Mario Arevalo
as Road Block Thug
Arturo Bonilla
as Romero Assassin
Erika Carlson
as Sister Wagner
Queta Carrasco
as Bruja
Arturo Rodriguez Doring
as Young Student Killed
Miguel Ehrenberg
as Capt. Marti
Humberto Elizondo
Gary Farr
as Australian Reporter
Martin Fuentes
as Maria's Brother
Josh Gallegos
as Immigration Officer on Bus
Sigridur Gudmunds
as Sister Burkit
Claudia Hernandez
as Maria's Daughter
Bill Hoag
as 2nd Immigration Officer
Nicholas Jasso
as Death Squad
Tyrone Jones
as Landlord San Francisco
Israel Leon
as Carlos' Friend
John MacDevitt
as GI in Salvador
Mauricio Martinez
as Executed Lieutenant
Ramon Menendez
as Maj. Max's Assistant
Gilles Milinaire
as French Reporter
Bob Morones
as Customs Officer
Daria Okugawa
as Dog Attendant
Rene Pereyra
as Rapist
Jorge Pol
Gerardo Quiroz
Jorge Reynoso
as Jefe at Customs Shed
Maria Rubell
as Boyle's Baby
Bruno Rubeo
Salvador Sanchez
as Human Rights Leader
Cesar Sobrevals
Roberto Sosa
as Rebel Youth
Sean Stone
as Boyle's Baby
Hector Tellez
as Mayor at Nun's Burial
Jose Chavez Trowe
as Jail Guard
Leticia Valenzuela
as Woman Rebel
Angel Vargas
as Tic Tac Monster in Cafe
Rosario Zuniga
as His Assistant
Kara Glover
as Kelly
Danna Hansen
as Sister Stan
John Doe
as Roberto, Restaurant Owner
Leticia Valenzuela
as Woman Rebel
Maria Rubell
as Boyle's Baby
Danna Hansen
as Sister Stan
Bob Morones
as Customs Officer
Josh Gallegos
as Immigration Officer on Bus
Erika Carlson
as Sister Wagner
Israel Leon
as Carlos' Friend
Gary Farr
as Australian Reporter
Mauricio Martinez
as Executed Lieutenant
Tyrone Jones
as Landlord San Francisco
Ramon Menendez
as Maj. Max's Assistant
Martin Fuentes
as Maria's Brother
Rene Pereyra
as Rapist
John MacDevitt
as GI in Salvador
Kara Glover
as Kelly
Gilles Milinaire
as French Reporter
Queta Carrasco
as Bruja
Nicholas Jasso
as Death Squad
Miguel Ehrenberg
as Capt. Marti
Roberto Sosa
as Rebel Youth
Sigridur Gudmunds
as Sister Burkit
Sean Stone
as Boyle's Baby
Rosario Zuniga
as His Assistant
Mario Arevalo
as Road Block Thug
Arturo Bonilla
as Romero Assassin
Hector Tellez
as Mayor at Nun's Burial
Daria Okugawa
as Dog Attendant
Arturo Rodriguez Doring
as Young Student Killed
Claudia Hernandez
as Maria's Daughter
Bill Hoag
as 2nd Immigration Officer
Angel Vargas
as Tic Tac Monster in Cafe
Jose Chavez Trowe
as Jail Guard
Salvador Sanchez
as Human Rights Leader
Jorge Reynoso
as Jefe at Customs Shed

Crew

Oliver Stone
Director
John Daly
Producer
Oliver Stone
Producer
Derek Gibson
Producer
Gerald Green
Producer
Richard Boyle
Screenwriter
Oliver Stone
Screenwriter
Robert Richardson
Cinematographer
Georges Delerue
Composer (Music Score)
Claire Simpson
Editor
Bruno Rubeo
Production Designer
Melo Hinojosa
Art Director
Kathryn Morrison
Costume Designer
Yves de Bono
Special Effects
Ramon Menendez
First Assistant Director
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