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Overall Rating
4.15

Awesome53.85%
Worth A Look: 15.38%
Average: 23.08%
Pretty Bad: 7.69%
Total Crap: 0%

1 review, 7 user ratings



Salvador
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by Rob Gonsalves

"James Woods fans don't have any business missing this."
5 stars

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

As real-life photojournalist Richard Boyle, a scroungy fuck-up who bullshits his way around El Salvador during the ‘80-’81 turmoil, Woods sets a new standard for sheer scumminess — but also forces us to sympathize with Boyle from the very first shot. James Belushi (in his best performance) is Dr. Rock, a slob druggie who accompanies Boyle to Salvador and spends the whole movie wanting to get the hell out.

Worthy of the Hunter S. Thompson book it most resembles (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas), the movie is scrappy, undisciplined gonzo journalism; Stone tosses in a few facts (the rape-murder of the nuns, the assassination of Archbishop Romero) and stirs them up in a hot stew of sensationalism. Like most Stone films, Salvador tells you what to think and is fairly shameless (so is Georges Delerue’s awful score), but it’s compulsively, convulsively watchable and unforgettable, with a classic confessional-booth scene that’s required viewing for all Woods fans.

Many think this was Stone’s directorial debut. It wasn’t; he’d previously made 'Seizure' (1974) and 'The Hand' (1981), two bizarre and not especially successful horror movies.

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User Comments

2/28/10 PAUL SHORTT RAW, UNEVEN DRAMA DESPITE A GOOD STAR PERFORMANCE 2 stars
4/01/09 Jeff Wilder Stone's most underrated film 4 stars
5/12/07 cristina garcia i was just irritated by the spanglish. 3 stars
9/09/06 Sepi53 James Woods is sensationally great, super etc. 5 stars
10/20/05 tatum Makes it's point early, like most Stone films, then beats you over the head with it 3 stars
10/20/05 R.W.Welch Probably Woods' best perf and Stone's best pic. Moves right along. 4 stars
10/19/05 Jack Sommersby Meandering but compelling. Woods' sensational performance is the real draw here. 3 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  23-Apr-1986 (R)
  DVD: 05-Jun-2001

UK
  N/A (18)

Australia
  N/A (MA)


Directed by
  Oliver Stone

Written by
  Oliver Stone
  Rick Boyle

Cast
  James Woods
  James Belushi
  Michael Murphy
  John Savage
  Elpidia Carrillo
  Tony Plana



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