- Running Time: 105 min
- Region: All Regions
- Production Year: 1989
Romero is a compelling and deeply moving look at the life of Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador, who made the ultimate sacrifice in a passionate stand against social injustice and oppression in his country.
Full Description“If they kill me, I shall rise in the Salvadoran people.”
Romero is a compelling and deeply moving look at the life of Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador. Romero made the ultimate sacrifice in a passionate stand against social injustice and oppression in his country.
This film chronicles the transformation of Oscar Romero from an apolitical, complacent priest to a committed leader of the Salvadoran people.
Acclaimed actor Raul Julia (KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN) stars as Archbishop Romero, a man of God forced by the unspeakable events going on around him to take a stand -- a stand that ultimately leads to Archbishop Oscar Romero's assassination in 1980 at the hands of the revolutionary government Junta.
This film features powerful performances by Richard Jordan (HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER, GETTYSBURG) and Ana Alicia. Australian writer-director John Duigan (THE YEAR MY VOICE BROKE) makes his directorial debut with Romero.
Spanish Language Track
Optional English Subtitles
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Fr. Peter Malone writes...
Romero was produced by Father Edward (Bud) Keiser, a Paulist priest responsible for many decades for the popular television Insight series. The screenplay is by John Sacret Young, originator and writer of the television series China Beach. Director is Australian John Duigan (Far East, The Year My Voice Broke, Flirting and the portrait of Catholic war-cinematographer, Fragments of War). Raul Julia gives an impressive performance as Archbishop Romero. The movie is fairly straightforward in its style, a popular biography of a clergyman whose reclusive and academic ways are challenged by the social unrest and atrocities in El Salvador. He comes to realize that Providence has marked him out as a martyr. The movie could be criticized in some ways for its presentation of the landed aristocracy as stereotypes. However, there is great earnestness and commitment in the narrative. It is an invitation for audiences to appreciate the challenge to a man like Romero. It communicates the atmosphere of social injustice in Latin America, especially El Salvador. Romero was shown to the American congress as background to debate about Central America.
Romero still inspires
I am blessed every time I watch the film "Romero". I am also humbled to know that the injustice he gave his life to end is still very much with us. His unswerving faith in God, and service to God's people is an amazing example of what Jesus meant when he said we must pick up our cross and follow him. May Jesus return and establish his Kingdom soon, so all injustice, selfishness and hatered will be gone forever, replaced by everlasting joy!!!
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