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Romero (1989)




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Romero is a biography of the El Salvadoran priest Oscar Arnulfo Romero who was assassinated in 1980 by (it is suspected) a right-wing military death squad. The movie focuses upon the last years of Romero's life, when he became a human-rights activist opposing the rampant violence that existed in his country. The film features an excellent performance by Raul Julia in the title role.
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Raul Julia
as Romero
Richard Jordan
as Father Grande
Ana Alicia
as Arista Zelada
Eddie Velez
as Lt. Columa
Alejandro Bracho
as Father Osuna
Tony Plana
as Fr. Manuel Morantes
Harold Gould
as Francisco Galedo
Rene Pereyra
as Cigarette Man
Lucy Reina
as Lucia
Al Ruscio
as Bishop Estrada
Tony Perez
as Father Rafael Villez
Robert Viharo
as Colonel Ernesto Dorio
Harold Cannon-Lopez
as General Humberto
Jose Chavez Trowe
as Don Manuel
Claudio Brook
as Bishop Flores
Martin LaSalle
as Bishop Rivera y Damas
Eduardo López Rojas
as Bishop Cordova
Paco Mauri
as Salvador Ramos
Rubén Rojo
as Archbishop Chavez
Omar Rodríguez
as Rafael Zelada
Abel Woolrich
as Campesino
Juan Pelaez
as Ernesto Claramount
Víctor Carpinteiro
as National Guard
Jose Antonio Estrada
as Man with Photo Album
Sandra C. Gonzalez
as Virginia Ramos
Damián Alcázar
as Campesino
Hector Herrera
as Alvaro Morazon
Guy de Saint Cyr
as Master Sergeant
Rocío Muñoz
as Campesino
Francisco Mauri
as Salvador Ramos
Evangelina Elizondo
as Josephina Gatedo
José Escandón
as National Guard
Regino Herrerra
as Campesino
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Critic Reviews for Romero

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (1)

Where Romero excels as a film is in its depiction of its subject’s gradual transformation.

Full Review… | May 8, 2002
Decent Films Guide

A riveting drama about the radicalization of a moderate Catholic priest as he is exposed to the violence and suffering in El Salvador.

Full Review… | January 15, 2002
Spirituality and Practice

Audience Reviews for Romero


Not so much a meditation on liberation theology as an attempted inspirational biopic, pitting poverty against politics. Its technical quality limits its effectiveness.

Daniel Crouch
Daniel Crouch

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

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A powerful film, helped by Raul Julia's fantastic and inspiring performance. I won't lie, though; it drags at times, and ends kind of abruptly.

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