Salvador (1986)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: April 23, 1986
DVD Release Date: June 5, 2001
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: 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.

Derek Adams
Time Out

The polemic may seem obvious and at times laboured, but the action sequences are brilliant, and the film does achieve a brutal, often very moving, power.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Salvador is long and disjointed and tries to tell too many stories...But the heart of the movie is fascinating.

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Rob Gonsalves

One of Oliver Stone's best films, and absolutely James Woods' best performance.

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Variety Staff

The tale of American photojournalist Richard Boyle's adventures in strife-torn Central America, Salvador is as raw, difficult, compelling, unreasonable, reckless and vivid as its protagonist.

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Fernando F. Croce

Borgesian critique, or exotic backdrop for a scoundrel's Hollywood redemption?

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Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide

Lean, Mean and On Point. Stone's best film.

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Walter Goodman
New York Times

One look at the youthful, idealistic guerrillas, accompanied everywhere by folk music, and you know where Mr. Stone's heart lies.

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Emanuel Levy

Though structurally messy and with uneven dialogue, Stone's independent movie captures vividly the cool, rush, and hysteria of jaded leftist American journos in the political chaos of El Slavaodr in 1980-81; James Woods Oscar-nominated turn is brilliant

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Still Oliver Stone's best film.

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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
familiar stranger
"..... remains one of his strongest works to date." Maybe so, but I found it quite dated.
Jim Hunter
This is how a political drama is done, and it should be no surprise that Oliver Stone is the one to do it. I find it fitting that I watch this immediately… More
Chris Weber
Not Oliver Stone's first film, but definitely the first to really show the direction his career would be taking (politically charged, hauntingly dramatic,… More
xGary Xx
Has-been gonzo journalist James Woods sees the civil unrest in El Salvador as a opportunity to make some money but when his Salvadoran girlfriend and her family… More
Randy Tippy
Off-beat actor meets eccentric director meets gritty material.
Ken Stachnik
My favorite Oliver Stone film. Powerhouse performances from Woods and Belushi.