Synopsis: 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.
Director(s): John Duigan
Production: Four Square
  2 nominations.
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102 min

It happened in 1932.

It happened in the elections ...

of 1945 and 1950.

It happened during the one

candidate election...

of 1962.

It happened in the elections...

when the winner gets detention.

- Send in reinforcements.

And now in 1977 ...

and this time,

we will not stand for it anymore.

We will occupy this Plaza ...

until there is a

True Election ...

A Free Election.

Freedom, Freedom, Freedom ...

Those who had just voted,

Please come to the back of bus.

Thank you.

Alfonso, take care of these two.

They have not voted.

Let's go.

Everybody get in line to vote.

Good morning.

Hey, Hernando.

Listen ...

Take the bus to El Paisnal

and bring them to San Martin,

there are more than 100

voters waiting for you.

Hurry, for Christ's sake.


Look at them.

I cursed the rain ...

I cursed the dirt.

But after the land was saved...

I don't know, why I loved it too.

It was ours.

But now ...

They come and says,

We had to go.

We were only share croppers

who had no rights.

When we refused to go ...

They burned our homes.

We were left with nothing.

- It is God's will.

- Who says it is God's will?

I think God look at these things

and vomits..

What is the matter?


What are you thinking?

What are you doing?

I am not doing anything.

It's the pople that are doing ...

At last.

Archbishop Chavez says

You are going too fast.

What did you think?

I have always believed in you ...

in your strength,

your ideals.

But some even say you ...

are subversive ...

an agitator.

Remember who else they

call such names?

Jesus is not somewhere up in the clouds ...

lying in a hammock.

Jesus is down here with us ...

building his kingdom.

Oscar, what else can I do?

I cannot love God

whom I do not see ...

if I do not love my

Brothers and Sisters ...

whom I can see.

"Father Grande"

They are stopping

buses on the road.

- The Voters can't get through.

- Where?

On the road from El Paisnal.

It's Okay now.

Everybody up

We must have to get

to Aguilares to vote.

Tell that to the guerrillas,

they wants to sabotage the elections.

The road is closed.

Good afternoon, Lieutenant.

These people want to

get to the polls.

There are snipers shooting

at anything that moves.

The polls close in three hours.

I'm Sorry, but ...

I cannot jeopardize the safety

of all these people.

They say the road

is too dangerous.

- We'll take the risk.

These buses are not going

any place.

The Lieutenant will not let us

drive to Aguilares...


Shall we walk?

Yes, Father.

Off course, We'll walk.

Come on, Lieutenant,

you can protect us.

You don't need me.

No terrorist would dare

to shoot at the Church.

I'll see the jeep get's back,


Take a little walk.


Keep moving.

Come on.

Let them try

killing these people ...

first they have

to kill us.

We walk under the protection

of our Lord.

Jesus was vulnerable.

Don't think that we're not.

Then what shall we be,


Not cowards

but not heroes either.

Just ordinary people

trying to do a job.

So are the soldiers.

You know?

I think, pretty soon ...

they won't allow the Bible

into our country any more.

All we get is

bindings ...

because everything inside on the

pages would be declared revolutionary.

Tilia, you should be the one taking

the Archbishop Chavez's place.

I'm not even a Bishop.

But you can

talk, you know the people.

We need someone who can change things

before it's too late.

Rivera y Damas

is a good man.

The worst would be Romero.

Not even the Vatican is that crazy.

He fiddles the violin while

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John Sacret Young

John Sacret Young is an American author, producer, director, and screenwriter primarily in television, perhaps best known for his work on the show China Beach. Young has been nominated for seven Emmys and seven Writers Guild of America Awards, winning two WGA Awards. more…

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