Character: Evelyn Salt
Original Release: July 19, 2010 (US)
Directed by: Phillip Noyce
Written by: Kurt Wimmer
Produced by: Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Sunil Perkash
Running Time: 100 minutes (Theatrical Version)
Box Office: $293,503,304 (Worldwide)

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?

Cast & Characters

Liev Schreiber (Ted Winter), Chiwetel Ejiofor (Peabody), Daniel Olbrychski (Orlov), August Diehl (Mike Krause), Daniel Pearce (Young Orlov), Hunt Block (U.S. President Lewis), Andre Braugher (Secretary of Defense), Olek Krupa (Russian President Matveyev), Cassidy Hinkle (12-Year-Old Chenkov), Corey Stoll (Shnaider)

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Filming Dates: March 3, 2009 - June 2009 and additional filming in December 2009.
Filming Locations: (view all)
  • Albany, New York, USA
  • Hudson River, New York, USA
  • 1330 Maryland Ave SW, Washington, District of Columbia, USA
  • Oyster Bay, Long Island, New York, USA
  • Merrick, New York, USA
  • Angelina and director Phillip Noyce worked together on The Bone Collector (1999) as well.
  • The movie was originally written with Salt as a male (Edwin A. Salt), and Tom Cruise was approached to play him. Ultimately, he backed out and the script was rewritten with a female lead and Angelina Jolie was cast.
  • The character of Salt is named for the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (S.A.L.T.). The talks, in 1969 and 1979, were between USA and Soviet Union during the Cold War.
  • When the police first burst into Salt's apartment, Peabody stops and examines a matryoshka doll he finds on a shelf. The doll was meant to be a symbolic foreshadowing of the rest of the movie - the unraveling mystery of who Salt is and what her part might be in the assassination conspiracy.
  • Reportedly, Angelina Jolie did most of her own stunts.
  • Terry George, Michael Mann and Peter Berg all came close to directing at one point or another.
  • Liev Schreiber accidentally gave away the twist ending while he was promoting the film on "The Daily Show". During the interview Jon Stewart referred to a "hot Russian spy" to which Schrieber replied, "Are you talking about me or Angelina?" Realizing his slip Schrieber quickly added, "She's the hot Russian spy. I'm the good- I'm her boss. Sorry. Whoa."
  • Returned to work 8 months after giving birth to twins Vivienne and Knox in order to begin filming.

Different Versions
  1. Theatrical Version - 100 minutes.
  2. Director's Cut - 104 minutes.
    Changes to existing scenes.
  3. Extended Cut - 101 minutes.
    Including the removal of some scenes and a different ending.

UK theatrical version was cut for violence to achieve a '12A' rating with edits to the opening torture scene and some blows and chain throttling during fight scenes. These cuts persisted into the US theatrical version, although the UK DVD was raised to a 15 due to the inclusion of the Extended and Director's Cut versions (which are unrated on the US DVD).

Read more detailed information about the versions here.

Memorable Quotes

Evelyn Salt: 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.
North Korean Torturer: You are a spy!
Evelyn Salt: I'm not a spy. Please let me go home.
North Korean Torturer: 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!
North Korean Torturer: You are here to sabotage our nuclear ambitions. Yes?
Evelyn Salt: I am not a spy! I am not a spy!

Evelyn Salt: What is your name?
Vassily Orlov: My name is Vassily Orlov. Today, a Russian agent will travel to New York city to kill the President. This agent is KA-12.
Evelyn Salt: The KA program is a myth.
Vassily Orlov: Don't you want to know the name?
Evelyn Salt: You're good. You can tell the rest of your story to one of my colleagues.
Vassily Orlov: Salt.
Evelyn Salt: Yes?
Vassily Orlov: The name of the agent is Evelyn Salt.
Evelyn Salt: My name is Evelyn Salt.
Vassily Orlov: Then you are a Russian spy.

Peabody: Hey. Why'd you kill him?
Evelyn Salt: Because somebody had to.
Peabody: What?
Evelyn Salt: By this, I take it you think everybody is who they say they are.

Evelyn Salt: But you needed somebody to take the blame. I'm the patsy.

Peabody: How many more like you are there?
Evelyn Salt: Like me? None. Like him? More than you or I can handle alone.

Evelyn Salt: Do you have homework?
Salt's Young Neighbor: Algebra.
Evelyn Salt: I hate math.

Ted Winter: Look, Ev, try to stay calm.
Evelyn Salt: I'm not a goddamn Russian spy.
Ted Winter: I didn't say you were. Let's go to my office, we can sort this out.
Peabody: No, no. We gotta go to a secure location. Now.
Ted Winter: All right. Doesn't get any more secure than this. Ev? Five minutes.
Evelyn Salt: Call Protective Services, find Mike.
Ted Winter: I will.
Evelyn Salt: This is bullshit.

Ted Winter: "Sir"? Do I look like a "sir" to you?
Evelyn Salt: From head to toe. I'm surprised he didn't call you "Your Majesty".
Ted Winter: I like the ring of that. I think I'd prefer "Your Majesty".

Peabody: If I did believed you, and I'm not saying for a second that I do. But if I did, nobody else would.
Evelyn Salt: Well, maybe you can think of a way around that.

Quotes from Cast & Crew

"Angelina has had a lot of experience with action films, she has matured in the way she approaches stunts and action and by matured I mean she has become more foolhardy in a sense, less fearing. Because she has become more trusting because she has done so many things that she knows the strength of a cable that can support her above an 11 storey building. She knows that with the right team she can make incredible leaps from speeding cars on freeways and jump 60 or 80 feet into the air for real, because she has the support of a team and the technology she can trust. So by maturity, I mean more experienced and more trusting."
- Phillip Noyce

"You look at the film and see the things that Angelina does and there’s an extra thrill you get when you realise that no, it’s not a trick, it’s really her doing it. You feel that reality and danger. It comes from having a certain daredevil attitude and enjoying the danger but it also comes from wanting to please the audience:"
- Phillip Noyce

"That dates back to 2001 when we made Tomb Raider, the first film we did together. She was basically doing bungee ballet on that and wearing a harness – which is very uncomfortable – for the best part of two months. I told her then, 'If you want to make it look good, you’re going to have to suffer.' She’s great and she’s a perfectionist. She has no fear of heights at all. She really wants to train and isn’t happy with just letting something go, she wants to make it look right because she knows that there’s no substitute when it comes to getting the best shot.'
- Simon Crane, stunt coordinator, on how Angelina jokes about that he likes to make her suffer

Awards & Nominations

Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films - Best Action/Adventure Film
Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films - Best Actress - Angelina Jolie
Best DVD Special Edition - For the "Deluxe Unrated Edition" release.
Alliance of Women Film Journalists - Best Female Action Star - Angelina Jolie
ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards - Top Box Office Films
People's Choice Awards - Favorite Action Movie
Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards - Best Stunts
Rembrandt Awards - Best International Actress - Angelina Jolie
Scream Awards - Best Thriller
Teen Choice Awards - Choice Summer Movie Star: Female - Angelina Jolie
Teen Choice Awards - Choice Summer Movie