Salvador is a 1986 war drama film directed by Oliver Stone from a screenplay co-written by Stone and journalist Richard Boyle. James Woods stars as Boyle, an American journalist covering the Salvadoran Civil War (1979-1992) who becomes entangled with both leftist guerrillas and the right wing military. The film is highly sympathetic towards the left wing revolutionaries and strongly critical of the U.S.-supported military, focusing on the murder of four American churchwomen and the assassination of Archbishop Óscar Romero by Salvadoran government death squads. While the movie is set in the country of Salvador, it is interesting to note that it was actually shot entirely in Mexico so many of the actors and extras were Mexicans. The military equipment used in the film was also provided by Mexican film studios as well as the regional police and armed forces, despite the somewhat critical view of the film towards the U.S., which was actually an ally of Mexico during the Cold War. The cast includes James Belushi and Michael Murphy, with John Savage, Elpidia Carrillo, and Cynthia Gibb in supporting roles.
The following weapons were used in the film Salvador:
Colt M1911A1 (Nickel)
A government officer is armed with a nickel M1911A1.
Smith & Wesson Model 10 Revolver
The Smith & Wesson Model 10 is used by government officers as well as border guards.
Colt 1903 Hammerless Pistol
What appears to be a Colt Model 1903 pistol is used in an assassination.
Some government troops are armed with the IMI Galil.
Heckler & Koch HK91
The Heckler & Koch HK91 is primarily used by government troops.
M1895 Chilean Mausers is primarily used by rebel forces, but some are used by government troops.
Some rebels are seen with M16A1 rifles.
A government soldier in civilian clothes uses an M1917 Enfield to murder four American churchwomen doing humanitarian work in Salvador.
The MAS AA-52 GPMG is seen mounted on government tanks.
An M60 is seen mounted on a government helicopter gunship.
FN MAG machine guns are mounted on government tanks.
The Uzi is carried by rebels, government troops and men guarding the US Ambassador.
Many rebels are armed with the Spitfire Carbine, a low cost clone of the Thompson. As the film was shot in Mexico during the eighties, these were probably provided by the Mexican police which used the weapon at the time.
Double Barreled Shotgun
The 12 Gauge Double Barreled Shotgun is carried throughout the film.
Used throughout the film is the Ithaca 37 Featherlight fitted with a pistol grip.