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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
Al Ruscio
as Bishop Estrada
Tony Perez
as Father Rafael Villez
Robert Viharo
as Colonel Ernesto Dorio
Harold Cannon-Lopez
as General Humberto
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
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 (10) | Top Critics (2)

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

May 8, 2002 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

The film's weakness is a certain implacable predictability: We can feel at every moment what must happen next, and the over-all trajectory of the film seems ordained even in the first few shots. As a result, the film doesn't stir many passions.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

A glaring depiction of how often holy men and women are martyred for standing up to evil men who willingly commit evil deeds.

November 14, 2021 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

As the story arc unfolds, Romero, in a state of inertia, is drawn into a gradual conversion experience, not just in a general sense, but in the specific trajectory of a "conversion to justice."

April 30, 2019 | Full Review…

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

January 15, 2002 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Romero

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


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

Aj V
Aj V

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