Romero

Romero

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Director: John Duigan

Cast: John Duigan, Raul Julia, Richard Jordan, Ana Alicia

     
 

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The biopic Romero comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that preserves the original broadcast aspect ratio of 1.33:1. English and Spanish soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. English, Spanish, and French subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include interviews with the cast and crew that she light both on the production and onSee more details below

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The biopic Romero comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that preserves the original broadcast aspect ratio of 1.33:1. English and Spanish soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. English, Spanish, and French subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include interviews with the cast and crew that she light both on the production and on the man depicted in the film. This is a fine release from Trimark.

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All Movie Guide - Mike Cummings
This 1989 production faithfully chronicles Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero's struggle with his conscience, his brother priests, and a brutal military regime during the seismic social upheaval in El Salvador in 1980. In a deeply affecting performance, Raul Julia portrays the beleaguered Romero -- a kind of 20th century Thomas à Becket -- with such passion and dignity that it is hard to imagine anyone else right for the role. At the beginning of the film, Julia molds himself into a psychological and philosophical replica of Romero: a bookish, old-school prelate who eschews the political activism practiced by radical priests to bring down tyrannical government overlords. One must render to Caesar what is Caesar's, he believes. But after the murders of dissident peasants and priests, Julia's Romero abandons status-quo passivism for peaceful political activism. The transition is slow and subtle, sans epiphany, with Julia displaying as much fear and regret as courage and resolution. And then the day comes when Julia forms his character into a rock of defiance: "You are a liar," he tells the double-dealing El Salvadoran president. The gauntlet is down. Romero's fate is sealed. Like Becket eight centuries before, Romero meets his fate in a cathedral. And also like Becket, he does not die completely. His spirit lives on. Supporting performances are good, and the camera makes a significant contribution to the success of the film with scenes of peasant squalor and aristocratic plenitude. The Paulist Fathers, a Roman Catholic religious order, produced the film on a limited budget -- and prayers.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/26/2000
UPC:
0031398746225
Original Release:
1989
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Lions Gate
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Pan & Scan]
Sound:
[stereo]
Time:
1:45:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Raul Julia Archbishop Oscar Romero
Richard Jordan Fr. Rutilio Grande
Ana Alicia Arista Zalads
Tony Plana Fr. Manuel Morantes
Lucy Reina Lucia
Tony Perez Father Rafael Villez
Rene Pereyra Cigarette Man
Harold Gould Francisco Galedo
Juan Peláez Ernesto Claramount
Eddie Velez Lieutenant Columa
Jose Chavez Trowe Don Manuel
Robert Viharo Colonel Ernesto Dorio
Eduardo Lopez Rojas Bishop Cordova
Ruben Rojo Archbishop Chavez
Antonio Serrano Corporal
Al Ruscio Bishop Estrada
Abel Woolrich Campesino
Álvaro Carcaño Soldier
Victor Carpinteiro National Guard
Arturo Rodriguez Doring Juan
Damián Alcázar Campesino
Claudio Brook Bishop Flores
Alejandro Bracho Father Alfonzo Osuna
Rocio Munoz Campesino
Martin Lasalle Bishop Rivera y Damas
Francisco Mauri Salvador Ramos
Evangelina Elizondo Josephina Gatedo
José Escandón National Guard
Regino Herrerra Campesino
Jose Antonio Estrada Man with Photo Album

Technical Credits
John Duigan Director
Geoff Burton Cinematographer
Roger Ford Production Designer
Ellwood E. Kieser Producer
Lawrence Mortorff Executive Producer
Frans Vandenburg Editor
Gabriel Yared Score Composer
John Sacret Young Executive Producer,Screenwriter

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Scene Index

Side #1--
0. Chapters
1. Main Credits. [3:09]
2. Subversive. [5:19]
3. Appointment. [2:54]
4. Beginnings. [5:04]
5. Communion. [3:11]
6. Freedoms. [3:18]
7. Mourning. [1:59]
8. Music. [4:45]
9. Equal. [3:25]
10. Questions. [4:12]
11. Memories. [3:26]
12. Patience. [5:52]
13. Responsible. [3:17]
14. Garbage. [5:39]
15. Violence. [2:54]
16. Divisions. [2:47]
17. Barracks. [3:36]
18. Unity. [5:15]
19. Confession. [2:38]
20. Abductions. [3:25]
21. Storm. [2:18]
22. Negotiation. [1:49]
23. Ultimatum. [2:39]
24. Human Beings. [3:31]
25. Mistake. [2:05]
26. Belief. [2:36]
27. Voice. [4:10]
28. Salvation. [2:58]
29. Orders. [2:51]
30. End Credits. [3:40]

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