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A CIA agent goes on the run after a defector accuses her of being a Russian spy.

Release Year: 2010

Rating: 6.5/10 (104,152 voted)

Critic's Score: 65/100

Director: Phillip Noyce

Stars: Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber, Chiwetel Ejiofor

Evelyn Salt is a CIA agent and highly respected by all, including her boss, Ted Winter. Out of the blue, a Russian spy walks into their offices and offers a vital piece of information: the President of Russia will be assassinated during his forthcoming visit to New York City to attend the funeral of the recently deceased U.S. Vice President. The name of the assassin: Evelyn Salt. Concerned about the safety of her husband, who she cannot contact, she goes on the run. Winter refuses to accept that she is a mole or a double agent but her actions begin to raise doubts. Just who is Evelyn Salt and what is she planning?

Angelina Jolie - Evelyn Salt
Liev Schreiber - Ted Winter
Chiwetel Ejiofor - Peabody
Daniel Olbrychski - Vasily Orlov
August Diehl - Michael Krause
Daniel Pearce - Young Orlov
Hunt Block - President Howard Lewis
Andre Braugher - Secretary of Defense
Olek Krupa - President Boris Matveyev
Cassidy Hinkle - Natasha Chenkova
Corey Stoll - Shnaider
Vladislav Koulikov - Chenkov's Father
Olya Zueva - Chenkov's Mother
Kevin O'Donnell - Young CIA Officer
Gaius Charles - CIA Officer

Taglines: Salt Will Not Be Stopped


Official Website: Official site [Japan] | Sony Pictures [Canada] |

Release Date: 23 July 2010

Filming Locations: 1330 Maryland Ave SW, Washington, District of Columbia, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $110,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $36,011,243 (USA) (25 July 2010) (3612 Screens)

Gross: $293,503,304 (Worldwide) (13 February 2011)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | (director's cut)  | (unrated version)

Did You Know?

It's never stated explicitly beyond "present day," but the main action in this film takes place "in the near future" after the movie's release (summer of 2010). Evidence: In a scene shortly before the vice president's funeral, a long shot of a TV newscast shows his date of death as 2011.

Errors in geography: Before the action moves to NY, while still in Washington, DC, there is a scene which supposedly takes place in Washington, but is recognizable to me as Riverside Dr. near W. 156th St. in NY. Although in the distance, it can be seen that a wrapper has been placed over a NYC street sign, reading something like "C Street" or "G Street" to make it appear as Washington.

[first lines]
Evelyn Salt: [being dragged out and tied down] Please let me go home. Please, I'm not who you think I am. I'm really not who you think I am. Please. Please, I'm not a spy.
Interrogation Tech: You are a spy!
Evelyn Salt: I'm not a spy. Please let me go home.
Interrogation Tech: Try again.
Evelyn Salt: I am not a spy! I am a business woman. I work for Rink Petroleum and Gas. Please call them. I work for Rink Petroleum!
Interrogation Tech: You are here to sabotage our nuclear ambitions. Yes?
Evelyn Salt: [water tube being forced into her mouth] I am not a spy! I am not a spy!

User Review

Good Action Flick

Rating: 7/10

Many reviewers here have stated that this movie isn't realistic because 'Salt doesn't get bruised enough' or 'no one her size could...' Have these people ever been to an action movie before? NO ACTION MOVIE IS REALISTIC. They are all written to be over-the-top because that's what makes them entertaining. We suspend disbelief to enter the world of the action-hero (or heroine) and we go along for the thrilling ride that is sometimes so over-the-top it's ridiculous! But that's what makes it fun. If action movies were realistic, they would be slow and boring. This movie does not cross the line anymore than any other action movie.

Salt delivers exactly what is promised -- a solid 100 minutes of action. It keeps you watching, it keeps you guessing (even when it turns out you were right in some cases), and it entertains from start to finish. If you like the action movie genre, chances are you will enjoy this movie.

As for the reviewers who criticized the way Russians are portrayed, the action genre plays to comic book-like caricatures. The villains are no more realistic than the heroine! This isn't a documentary!

If you like action movies, give Salt a go. Angelina won't disappoint.

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