The life and work of Archbishop Oscar Romero who opposed, at great personal risk, the tyrannical repression in El Salvador.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Father Rutilio Grande
Arista Zelada
Lt. Columa
Alejandro Bracho ...
Father Alfonzo Osuña
Father Manuel Morantes
Francisco Galedo
Lucy Reina ...
Bishop Estrada
Father Rafael Villez
Robert Viharo ...
Col. Ernesto Dorio
Harold Cannon ...
Gen. Humberto
Claudio Brook ...
Bishop Flores
Bishop Rivera y Damas
Eduardo López Rojas ...
Bishop Cordova


In El Salvador, the new bishop speaks out against the death squads and the terror campaign the government is using in an attempt to crush the guerilla war that is being waged against them. This is seen as disloyality and the number of priests attacked goes up and even churches are shut down by the government. Based on a true story, Romero was assassinated in March, 1980. Written by John Vogel <>

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25 August 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Romero, le sang de l'archevêque  »

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This was the only theatrical feature film produced by the television producer Ellwood Kieser. See more »


Archbishop Oscar Romero: I'd like to make an appeal in a special way to the men in the army. Brothers, each one of you is one of us. We are the same People. The farmers and peasants that you kill are your own brothers and sisters. When you hear the words of a man telling you to kill, think instead in the words of God, "Thou shalt not kill!" No soldier is obliged to obey an order contrary to the Law of God. In His name and in the name of our tormented people who have suffered so much, and whose laments cry out to heaven...
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The best political thriller of them all because it's a realstory
9 August 2000 | by (San Diego, California) – See all my reviews

"Romero" is about injustice in the world but presents this theme without "preaching." It draws in the viewer through the excellent performance of Raul Julia (rest his soul! he is missed!). "Romero" is also about class differences and the intolerance of the powerful towards social change. It's a great film for teaching Americans about what life is like in the rest of the world. It's a Hollywood film that managed not to go Hollywood.

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