DVD Release: June 16, 1987


“Romero” is a compelling and deeply moving look at the life of Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador, who made the ultimate sacrifice in a passionate stand against social injustice and oppression in his country.

Dove Review

It all started in El Salvador in February 1977. Oscar Romero is appointed Archbishop of the church there, but the National Guard and the police do everything they can to scare religious leaders. Violence is becoming more and more prevalent, until Romero’s best friend, who is a priest, an old man and a young boy are murdered. This changes everything for the Archbishop.

Violence toward priests and other religious leaders grows worse when a new military leader is elected, but Romero continues his fight to save lives and end the turmoil. Worshipers are heavily persecuted, but church leaders are divided on what to do. The government ends up taking over the church and destroying many important artifacts.

Abductions become the norm and Romero is arrested. Yet he continues to preach and hold mass in the streets as he struggles to fight for justice. The mission of his church is to identify itself with the poor and continue the struggle for justice. He makes a final plea to the men in the army, inviting them to obey the law of God. This is a behind-the-scenes look at the real Oscar Romero’s life. Additional footage includes interviews with some of the actors, which you will certainly enjoy.

The Dove “Faith-Friendly” Seal for ages 12+ is awarded to this documentary.

Content Description

Sex: Sexual innuendo regarding a prostitute.
Language: None
Violence: Scenes of shootings; photos of torture scene with sounds of event; scenes of dead bodies.
Drugs: None
Nudity: Picture of a dead man's backside.
Other: None


Company: Gateway Films / Vision Video
Director: John Duigan
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 105 min.
Industry Rating: Not Rated
Reviewer: Caryn Toering