DVD - 2001
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In 1980, Richard Boyle, a veteran war photographer whose career needs a boost, heads for El Salvador to cover the civil war there. He forms an uneasy alliance with both guerrillas 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. After the murder of Archbishop Romero, the rape and murder of an American nurse and three nuns, and the death of a fellow journalist, Boyle attempts to escape El Salvador with his Salvadorean girlfriend Maria and her family.
Publisher: Santa Monica, Calif. : MGM Home Entertainment, c2001
Edition: Special ed
ISBN: 9780792849025
Branch Call Number: DVD DRAMA SAL
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (123 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Oct 01, 2014

As a movie, it's fine.
As a movie about photojournalists, it's good and accurate in many technical respects. As to the character of the photographer, it's seems overly fictional and perhaps Oliver Stone is obsessive and compulsive about violence and profanity and profane language himself, and therefore that is transcended into the roundness of his characters and , and I find it very hard to believe that there are working and responsible photographers who cuss and swear so much, it almost as though the photographer is portrayed as a junkie drug addict, and then the CIA do not get a pleasant portrayal either, and perhaps it is more realistic and accurate in potraying the CIA for who they actually are and how they are.


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Jan 08, 2010

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Jan 08, 2010

Nominated for two Oscars, this gripping semi-biographical account of photojournalist Richard Boyle's tumultuous experiences in war-torn El Salvador has a power you can feel. James Woods gives his fullest, most humane, most emotional performance to date in this gritty, harrowing and bold thriller.
It's 1980. Young men, women and children are being brutally killed in a bloody civil war in El Salvador. It's a horrific setting...but a perfect one for Richard Boyle, a sleazy war photojournalist whose career needs a jumpstart. Armed with his camera, Boyle joins the front lines in an attempt to capture atrocious-but-valuable images of the pain and horror. But with each picture he takes, he catches a tragic side of humanity that ignites his long-buried compassion. And he unexpectedly discovers something that will change him forever: his soul.


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