- Cast: Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Zoe Lister Jones, Gaius Charles, Yara Shahidi, Corey Stoll, Cassidy Hinkle, Kevin O'Donnell, Gary Wilmes, Ivo Velon, James Cronin, Marion McCorry, James Schram, Victor Slezak, Daniel Olbrychski, Tobias Campbell, Ethan Ladd, Jewel Elizabeth, Cecilia Foss, Xavier Rafael, Nicole Signore, Brian Distance, William Henderson White
- Director: Phil Noyce
- Writers: Kurt Wimmer, Brian Helgeland
- Producers: Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Sunil Perkash
- Associate Producer: William M. Connor
- Executive Producers: Ric Kidney, Mark Vahradian
- Art Direction: Teresa Carriker-Thayer
- Casting: Avy Kaufman
- Costume Design: Sarah Edwards
- D.O.P.: Robert Elswit
- Editors: Stuart Baird, John Gilroy
- Makeup: John Caglione Jr.
- Music: James Newton Howard
- Production Design: Scott Chambliss
- Set Decoration: Leslie E. Rollins
As a CIA officer, Evelyn Salt swore an oath to duty, honor and country. Her loyalty will be tested when a defector accuses her of being a Russian spy. Salt goes on the run, using all her skills and years of experience as a covert operative to elude capture. Salt's efforts to prove her innocence only serve to cast doubt on her motives, as the hunt to uncover the truth behind her identity continues and the question remains: "Who is Salt?"
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Filming Locations: New York City, USA; Washington DC, USA
- Production Companies: Columbia Pictures, Di Bonaventura Pictures
- Production Schedule: 3 March 2009 - June 2009
2010 Guide Analysis: "Originally pegged as a Tom Cruise film, the script was rewritten for Jolie who remains one of the few household name actresses than can credibly pull off the action hero routine. The reason to get excited though is due to the involvement of Aussie helmer Phillip Noyce, his re-teaming with Jolie ten years on from their work together on "The Bone Collector", and his first film since 2006's under-rated "Catch a Fire".
Even if they haven't always proven a hit with audiences, Noyce's critically acclaimed thrillers from "Dead Calm" and "Patriot Games" to "Clear and Present Danger" and "The Quiet American" generally rely on smart scripts and compelling characters over gimmicks, high concepts or flashy visuals/editing. Kurt Wimmer penned the original "Salt" script which Brian Helgeland later polished, and it is said to have had quite a good reputation when it was being shopped around town.
Jolie's action vehicles from "Tomb Raider" to "Wanted" have generally been derided for relying too much on guns and not enough on wits, hopefully this will tip the balance back the other way. The title is great and the first trailer looked strong, but if there is a concern it's the Bourne-effect. The main plot does sound like something from Cold War spy thriller authors like Robert Ludlum or Frederick Forsythe, so the inevitable comparisons will be made to that Matt Damon-led franchise. The release is also a concern considering more comedic-toned spy thrillers starring Ashton Kutcher and Tom Cruise open only a few weeks earlier."