Synopsis: A journalist, down on his luck in the US, drives to El Salvador to chronicle the events of the 1980 military dictatorship, including the assasination of Archbishop Oscar Romero. He forms an uneasy alliance with both guerillas in the countryside who want him to get pictures out to the US press, and the right-wing military, who want him to bring them photographs of the rebels. Meanwhile he has to find a way of protecting his Salvadorean girlfriend and getting her out of the country.
Director(s): Oliver Stone
Production: MGM Pictures, Inc.
  Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 7 nominations.
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122 min

ln the wake of the Nicaraguan RevoIution,

chaos has descended on EI SaIvador... CentraI America.

Today 1 8 peopIe were kiIIed

and 36 wounded in a fierce gun battIe...

..between antigovernment

demonstrators and the poIice.

It started when students, workers,

and peasants Iinked to the guerriIIas...

..occupied foreign embassies

and took over the cathedraI in the capitaI.

(knock at door)

In two months, more than

Government spokesmen attribute this

to Ieft-wing Marxist terrorists,...

..whiIe Ieft-wing spokesmen

point to right-wing death squads.

- (woman) You cannot walk in like this!

- (man) You got some money for me? No?

- l have no money!

- l want you outta here. You understand?

- No, we cannot move out.

- Lady, l put up with this sh*t every month.

l want you, your crumb-snatcher and your

war hero - or whatever the f*** he is -

..l want him outta here.

F*** your husband! You got no bucks.

Look, no bucks, no Buck Rogers, Boyle!

Just wait till l've had my coffee.

You're disturbing my kid.

- You gotta fix your b*tch, Boyle.

- Sh*t on your paper!



(BoyIe) Good morning.

l've had it!

l cannot live like this no more!

- Hey, Nancy, hi. lt's Richard. Listen...

- Richard who?

Boyle. Richard Boyle. Yeah. Listen, l think

it's gonna blow in El Salvador real soon.

lf you could get me a new press card and

two grand, l could get some good stuff.

- No way.

- OK. Well, how about a new press card?

- Forget it.

- Come on, Nancy. Please, man.

We've had it with you. We gave you $2500

on that Lebanon gig and you ended up...

l can't take Muslim nightlife, OK?

- Hey, Alice. How you doin'?

- You Iose tickets, passports.

You drink too much and you're

a generaI embarrassment, BoyIe.

l get you the piece. How about that thing

on the lRA tortured by the Brits in Belfast?

And how about Cambodia?

The last man out, you know.

Sidney Schanberg was having cocktails

at the Plaza. l was gettin' my ass kicked.

How about freezin' my f***in' nuts off

for you guys in the Khyber Pass?

l got giardia. l was staple-gunned

to the toilet for a week.

- How about EI SaIvador?

- How about El Salvador? How about it?

- Didn't l call that one?

- BoyIe...

- Hey, come on.

- Come on what? Get the f*** outta here.

Not you. Nancy? Nancy, l'm sorry.

Nancy? Nice work, you piece of...

Thanks for my camera,

but l need another favour.

I gotta be at the airport

in an hour for Beirut.

Look, this is serious.

l need one for old times' sake.

You gotta give me 500 bucks

to go to El Salvador. 400 if...

- They'II kiII you if you go back.

- l need the money, not a lecture.

OK. 300 bucks.

I'II meet you at Pan Am in 40 minutes.

Great! Here, take the quarter.

ln such a f***in' hurry.



Mr Boyle, your licence has been revoked.

You're driving without a licence,

registration or insurance.

You've got four outstanding

speeding tickets all gone to warrant.

- You've got 43 unpaid parking tickets.

- Jesus!

Nothing is legal about your car.

- And even your press card is out of date.

- Out of date? Goddamnit.

- l'm taking you in.

- No. l'm not that Richard Boyle.

This... happens all the time.

There's another Richard Boyle.

- Give me your other hand.

- Have some humanity, will you? l just...

- Doc, man, thanks for gettin' me out.

- Come on, get your car.

Look, man, they got Bagel. The Nazis

busted Bagel. He's in dog Dachau.

- Get your car.

- l don't have it. l need 75 bucks to get it.

Sh*t! l just paid 1 25 to get you out.

- Stop whining.

- Here. This is all l got.

Now come on before they drop the pellet.

- lt's a f***in' dog.

- lt's my dog.

- Faster, Richie.

- l can't, man. l don't even have a licence.

They'll throw the key away.

How long's he been there?

l don't know. l left him with some friends.

Yeah, sh*t friends.

lt's not like they're gonna

gas the poor dog, OK?

Man, everything's turned to sh*t.

Miriam's thrown me out, man.

She says l'm too old to be

a rock'n'roll disc jockey.

She wants me to sell computers

in Silicon Valley. Can you believe it?

l can't take these yuppie women. With

the Walkmans and the running shoes...

..and the rather go to the aerobics jazz

class than f***. Forget about it.

- They got those p*ssy exercises, too.

- Latin women, they're different.

They're kind, understanding.

Look at Claudia. She's the greatest.

She doesn't give a sh*t what l do. Primo.

Best thing about Latin women

is they don't speak English.

Listen, can l crash at your place tonight?

l got no place to go, man. l'll sleep

in your shower. l need a home, man.

You better light up another joint, Doc,

cos l got some bad news for ya.

l don't got a place. We're evicted, man.

We were gonna stay with you and Bosco.

Bagel. You mean l gave you my last

That's great. Now what am l

supposed to do, man?

l'm in deep sh*t, you know that?

l should've just left you in jail.

- l'd have stayed in jail.

- Move over, move over!

- Another yuppie in a f***in' Oldsmobile.

- This town is full of goddamn yuppies!

Yuppie town!

Bagel? Bagel.

- Where's my dog?

- What's he look like?

- Oh. Yeah. l know this dog.

- Where is he?

- Bagel?

- Excuse me. Sir! Excuse me!

- Bagel, come here, boy.

- No, that's not your dog. Excuse me.

We had to put your dog to sleep.

We keep the dogs around 1 4 days.

- We kept him more than 1 4 days, but...

- You put him to sleep?

- Yeah.

- When's he gonna wake up?

- You killed him. You gassed him.

- No. We gave him an injection.

- lt's much more humane, so you don't...

- What kind of humanity is that?

You're a murderer, you know that?

l can't believe it.

That was my only relationship.

My best friend. Seven years.

My marriage only lasted five.

- lt's just not just!

- l'm really sorry.

Would you like some puppies?

We got a lot of puppies.

- My dog's leash.

- l'm sorry.

Doc, man, she can't do anything.

Come on. OK? All right?

- What's it say?

- ''F*** you'' in ltalian.

Sh*t! She's gone back to ltaly

to her parents. Goddamnit!

That's too bad, Richie.

Well, at least she left the TV.

lt was a marriage made in hell.

l'm sure gonna miss my boy.

Maybe she'll be back.

Sure. Who could leave all this(?)

- (Doc ) Where are we goin' now?

- (BoyIe) Guatemala.

- Why?

- Why not?

No cops, no laws, sun.

lt's cheap. No yuppies.

Great dope.

(BoyIe) Look at you. You are like

a walking museum of the '60s.

- What the f*** are you?

- l am a forward-thinking human being.

l know about life. l explore things.

ln journalism, you're in touch with reality.

You come off with this journalist bullshit

all the goddamn time. You know that?

l haven't seen one goddamn article

that you've written.

- l wrote a book. FIower of the Dragon.

- That was ten years ago, Boyle!

- Expose. lt was a big expose.

- Ten years ago.

- What have you written since?

- l've written articles.

- What articles?

- One in a newspaper in El Salvador.

The one in El Salvador? Oh, yeah,

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Oliver Stone

William Oliver Stone (born September 15, 1946) is an American film director, screenwriter, and producer. Stone came to public prominence between the mid-1980s and the early 1990s for writing and directing a series of films about the Vietnam War, in which he had participated as an infantry soldier. Many of Stone's films primarily focus on controversial American political issues during the late 20th century, and as such that they were considered contentious at the times of their releases. more…

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