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  • Actors: Raul Julia, Richard Jordan, Harold Gould
  • Directors: John Duigan
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Fifth Avenue
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Feb. 2010
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000X9MFF6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,959 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A TRUE STORY - The powerfully explicit account of a savage dictatorship that massacred and tortured hundreds of thousands.He spoke the truth in a country torn apart by social injustice. He stood for human rights during an era of shocking violence and torture. But the brutal dictatorship chose not to listen and he was assassinated for his beliefs.His name was OSCAR ROMERO, Archbishop of El Salvador. And this is his courageous - and true - story.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Andy Morby on 23 Oct. 2003
Format: VHS Tape
The power of the (true) story of Oscar Romero is not merely in the courage of the man who became renowned throughout the world, but in his initial tacit complicity with the corrupt regime. It is a story of redemption, of a man who would not initially 'speak out for those who have no voices, stand up for the rights of the oppressed.' We watch his inner struggle, as Raul Julia in the performance of his life portrays it powerfully and with genuine emotion, as the good disciple fights the compromising priest for control. We watch the regime push him just one too many times, and bring out the irresistible force of a passionate disciple who will die for his people.
Buy it, wear it out and buy it again!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A. Rawcliffe on 5 Dec. 2005
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Having seen Romero when it first came out at the cinema, I have never forgotten the impact it had on the audience. The people were happy and talkative on the way in, on the way out you could see that everyone of them had an AHA moment, they were quiet and thoughtful.
I never knew how much man's inhumanity to man still impacted on individuals, families and society. It was also impactful to see how one man, who happened to be under estimated by his peers and the society he was living in could make such a major difference.
It is obvious that the man, Romero, struggled with academia and with the things he saw. He was willing to challenge, although this happened after he had seen suffering and death including his friends.I wondered if I had been in his situation, if I would have been as courageous to change the world and to give his final message, "I know that one day they will come to kill me, but I say to you I forgive them", it seems to me that Romero knew his fate however he was inspired by the needs of others and his own faith.
The film makers were not afraid to film and to shoot the awkward pictures and Raul who played Romero was such an excellent and powerful actor. The inflections he managed to use were incredible.
For me this remains one of my all time favourite movies and one of my heroes too.
David Rawcliffe
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Feb. 2002
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Although you may not be a Catholic, you can still watch the film and feel touched by it. It doesn't matter what culture, faith or what country you came from because this film is for everybody because the film wasn't limited to only Catholics. The film covers the topics of racism, prejudice, discrimination and classism.The filmis based on the Roman Catholic Archbishop/Monsignor Oscar Romero. He spoke against the government although he knew the punishment would be death. He was assainated on the 24th of March 1980. The film does show the true violence and torture of the government and what happened to those who supported what Romero was doing. But Romero was not afraid. He fought a battle without using violence but instead he used his courage to speak of love and peace.
Raul Julia who plays Romero is a wicked actor and he suits the part of Archbishop. I saw this film in school, but I don't think it will be the last time I see it. I recommend it to everyone. Romero's legend wasn't just for the Salvadorian people, but it was for everyone. Things like this don't just happen in El Salvador, it happens all over the world.
Oscar Romero was and still is a disciple of Jesus and a man devoted to God's teaching of peace. A man who loved all Salvadorian people. Brown or white, rich or poor, his killer,those who killed and his people, which is all Salvadorian people, past and present.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Anna on 27 May 2009
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It's starting to look a little dated now, but thank goodness this film has been released on DVD to replace the now nearly defunct video format.

An RE favourite in Catholic schools, there's a danger that people overlook the story of Archbishop Oscar Romero as something merely historical and factual. But the film is asborbing and gripping, leaving you shouting "but what happened next?" at the tv (even though, like Titanic, you know the ending before the film even starts).

As we approach the 30th anniversary of Romero's assassination, his example of personal bravery and courage (despite doubts and reticence), of speaking out against terrible injustice and violence and of being a beacon of hope for his oppressed people is as relevant now as it ever was.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. D. Surrey TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 22 Mar. 2014
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I can only give the highest accolade to the courage of the priests who stood against the terrorists in San Salvador.I have to admit that I was disappointed in the film,I felt uncomfortable the whole time I watched it.
The violence was too much for me,and if true, as no doubt it 100% was,these creatures are worse than filth on our shoes - men don't act like that in a civilised society -- or do they??...We, as Christians, are supposed to love each other and forgive,but I honestly could never forgive these Satanic brutes.
I felt that Satan and his demons were running amock throughout the area..if that was what the producers were trying to get over to us the viewer then they succeeded.I would absolutely hate to even visit there now,no one was safe.
Fifty priests were attacked in less than 3 years - six were murdered and now are martyred.It seems that if a priest did not protect his congregation then he was left alone by the thugs.The priests who defended the people were the ones who suffered.
More could have been made of Romero's weekly radio broadcasts where he listed missing persons,also the paper he ran again listing the missing.
I would like to see another film being made with a more elaborate budget.This man and the other persecuted priests deserve only the best,and sadly I felt that this film could have been a lot better.
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