Caustic, vivid, and without question the best major film about recent conflicts in Latin America. This often-overlooked Oliver Stone effort is in some ways better than his Oscar-winning Vietnam film PLATOON. Although there have been other major films dealing with conflict in Latin America
(Chile in MISSING; Nicaragua in UNDER FIRE), none has conveyed the chaos, tension, and fear within the region as convincingly as SALVADOR.
Based on the experiences of real-life journalist Richard Boyle, the film begins in 1980, as the unemployed veteran reporter (played brilliantly by James Woods) heads down to El Salvador with his buddy, Dr. Rock (James Belushi), an out-of-wo...