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Salvador is a brutal and raw portrait of a country in despair, besieged by evil at a particular historical moment in time, but it is also a brutal and raw portrait of a real life character, the hard-drinking, whoring, lying and scheming, but also couragous and dedicated photo journalist on who's recollections the movie is based. Oliver Stone's deft hand at directing makes a small budget seem like a big studio production, and he is blessed with great actors that perform some of their most intense work here. James Woods rightly got nominated for an Academy Award for his intense, though still relateable and human, and highly ad-libbed performance with excellent support from the other actors. There is a certain documentary vibe to the picture and everything feels highly realistic. There is a loud and clear political message here, with an accusing blood-stained finger pointing at the Reagan-administration, which, from what I can gather, seems to be largely justified.
How did Stone manage to push out two great war movies in one year?
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This movie ranks #67 in Jennifer Eiss's 500 Essential Cult Movies
This movie ranks #68 in 101 War Movies You Must See Before You Die
This movie ranks #70 in Quentin Tarantino's Coolest Movies of All Time
This movie ranks #295 in Eureka!'s The Masters of Cinema Series
This movie ranks #751 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
This movie ranks #793 in Time Out's 1000 Films to Change Your Life