“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: I implore you! I beg you! I *order* you! [shouts] Stop the repressions!” – Archbishop Oscar Romero
Number of Times Seen – 1 (6 May 2020)
Brief Synopsis – Based on the true story of a South American priest who did all he can in order to try and stop the violence and corruption of the government.
My Take on it – This is a film that recall hearing about when it came out in the 80’s, yet never had the opportunity to watch until now.
Raul Julia is superbly cast in the title role and helps make things so much more powerful to watch.
We get a clear understanding why this Archbishop was willing to do all he can in order to try and help create peace and harmony in a very violent world.
The story plays out really well and we can see that there are things in life that are worth risking one’s life for.
The story is presented in a very graphic and violent way which adds so much realism to it all and gives us a very powerful and poignant story to watch unfold.
Bottom Line – Julia is superb in the title role and allows us to see the length one might go in order to help create peace and harmony in a violent world. The story plays out quite well and allows us to get a clear idea of why he was willing to risk his life in order to save so many others. The story comes across quiet realistically and the graphic nature of the story helps make things even more powerful and poignant to watch unfold. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Alfonso Cuarón, the Academy Award winning Best Director for the film Gravity (2013), worked as an assistant director on this picture. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)
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