Romero (1989)




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In El Salvador in the late '70s, the wealthy few rule the impoverished many. To maintain the status quo against peasant insurgents and labor organizations, the military regime brutalizes the populace, in particular, rebels who espouse Marxism. Assassinations, executions, and disappearances become commonplace. When the Vatican elevates conservative Oscar Arnulfo Romero (Raul Julia) to archbishop, the military rulers believe he will quiet the masses and the activist priests who support them. … More

Rating: PG-13 (violence)
Genre: Drama
Directed By: ,
Written By: John Sacret Young
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On DVD: Sep 26, 2000
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as Romero

as Father Grande

as Arista Zelada

as Lt. Columa

as Father Osuna

as Fr. Manuel Morantes

as Francisco Galedo

as Cigarette Man

as Bishop Estrada

as Father Rafael Villez

as Colonel Ernesto Dori...

as General Humberto

as Bishop Flores

as Bishop Rivera y Dama...

as Bishop Cordova

as Salvador Ramos

as Archbishop Chavez

as Campesino

as Rafael Zelada

as Ernesto Claramount

as National Guard

as Man with Photo Album

as Campesino

as Virginia Ramos

as Alvaro Morazon

as Master Sergeant

as Campesino

as Salvador Ramos

as Josephina Gatedo

as National Guard

as Campesino
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Critic Reviews for Romero

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (5)

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Time Out
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New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
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Chicago Reader
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Where Romero excels as a film is in its depiction of its subject’s gradual transformation.

Full Review… | May 8, 2002
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Audience Reviews for Romero


A fantastic drama with good actors, and it's based on a true story. I love Raul Julia in this movie.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

When the film is not being emotionally exploitative, its actually a very effective argument for what made Archbishop Oscar Romero such a heroic and important figure. His refusal to support the corrupt government of El Salvador or the Marxist Rebels made his religious beliefs and practices all the more revolutionary because he served no one's political interests.

Alec Barniskis
Alec Barniskis

Super Reviewer


Great story. The movie is even better when watched in Spanish. "De Colores" is hauntingly beautiful.

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