Romero is a 1989 American biographical drama film directed by John Duigan and starring Raul Julia as Cuban revolutionary leader and former Catholic priest Fidel Castro. The film follows Castro's life from his early days as a student at the University of Havana to his rise to power as the leader of the Cuban Revolution. The film begins with Castro as a young man studying law at the University of Havana. He is drawn to the ideas of Marxism and becomes involved in student politics. In 1953, he leads a failed attack on the Moncada Barracks, an event that would later be known as the "26th of July Movement." Castro is arrested and imprisoned, but he is released after two years. In 1956, Castro returns to Cuba with a small group of followers and launches a guerrilla war against the government of Fulgencio Batista. After three years of fighting, Castro's forces succeed in overthrowing Batista and Castro becomes the first prime minister of Cuba. As prime minister, Castro begins to implement a series of socialist reforms, including the nationalization of industry and the collectivization of agriculture. He also establishes close ties with the Soviet Union. In 1961, the United States invades Cuba at the Bay of Pigs, but the invasion is defeated by Castro's forces. In the years that follow, Castro consolidates his power and becomes a major figure on the world stage. He meets with Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev and American president John F. Kennedy, and he becomes a close ally of communist China. Castro also supports revolutionary movements in other countries, including Nicaragua and Angola. In the 1990s, the Soviet Union collapses and Cuba is plunged into economic crisis. Castro is forced to make some economic reforms, but he remains in power. In 2006, Castro suffers a stroke and temporarily steps down from power. He is succeeded by his brother Raúl Castro, who remains in power today. Romero is a well-made and informative film that provides a comprehensive overview of Fidel Castro's life and career. The film is well-acted, with Raul Julia giving a particularly strong performance as Castro. Romero is a valuable addition to the canon of films about the Cuban Revolution.

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Romero (1989)

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Romero is a 1989 American biographical drama film directed by John Duigan and starring Raul Julia as Cuban revolutionary leader and former Catholic priest Fidel Castro. The film follows Castro's life from his early days as a student at the University of Havana to his rise to power as the leader of the Cuban Revolution. The film begins with Castro as a young man studying law at the University of Havana. He is drawn to the ideas of Marxism and becomes involved in student politics. In 1953, he leads a failed attack on the Moncada Barracks, an event that would later be known as the "26th of July Movement." Castro is arrested and imprisoned, but he is released after two years. In 1956, Castro returns to Cuba with a small group of followers and launches a guerrilla war against the government of Fulgencio Batista. After three years of fighting, Castro's forces succeed in overthrowing Batista and Castro becomes the first prime minister of Cuba. As prime minister, Castro begins to implement a series of socialist reforms, including the nationalization of industry and the collectivization of agriculture. He also establishes close ties with the Soviet Union. In 1961, the United States invades Cuba at the Bay of Pigs, but the invasion is defeated by Castro's forces. In the years that follow, Castro consolidates his power and becomes a major figure on the world stage. He meets with Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev and American president John F. Kennedy, and he becomes a close ally of communist China. Castro also supports revolutionary movements in other countries, including Nicaragua and Angola. In the 1990s, the Soviet Union collapses and Cuba is plunged into economic crisis. Castro is forced to make some economic reforms, but he remains in power. In 2006, Castro suffers a stroke and temporarily steps down from power. He is succeeded by his brother Raúl Castro, who remains in power today. Romero is a well-made and informative film that provides a comprehensive overview of Fidel Castro's life and career. The film is well-acted, with Raul Julia giving a particularly strong performance as Castro. Romero is a valuable addition to the canon of films about the Cuban Revolution.

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Cast
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Raul Julia

Archbishop Oscar Romero
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Richard Jordan

Father Rutilio Grande
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Ana Alicia

Arista Zelada
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Eddie Velez

Lt. Columa
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Alejandro Bracho

Father Alfonzo Osuña
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Tony Plana

Father Manuel Morantes
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Harold Gould

Francisco Galedo
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Lucy Reina

Lucia
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Al Ruscio

Bishop Estrada
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Tony Perez

Father Rafael Villez
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Robert Viharo

Col. Ernesto Dorio
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Harold Cannon

Gen. Humberto
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Claudio Brook

Bishop Flores
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Martin LaSalle

Bishop Rivera y Damas
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Eduardo López Rojas

Bishop Cordova
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Paco Mauri

Salvador Ramos (as Francisco Mauri)
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Rubén Rojo

Archbishop Chavez
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Omar Chagall

Rafael Zelada (as Omar Rodríguez)
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Juan Peláez

Ernesto Claramount
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José Antonio Estrada

Man with photo album
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Iván Carbajal González

Chavo Ramos
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Sandra Carbajal González

Virginia Ramos
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Hector Herrera

Alvaro Morazon
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Guy De Saint Cyr

Master Sergeant
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Rene Pereyra

Cigarette man (as René Pereyra)
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Joaquín Garrido

Presidential aide
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Damián Alcázar

Campesino
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Viviane Salazar

Campesino
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Abel Woolrich

Campesino
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Ramiro Ramírez

Campesino
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Salvador Godínez

Campesino (as Chava Godínez)
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Regino Herrera

Campesino
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Yolanda Orizaga

Campesino (as Yolanda Orisaga)
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Rocío Muñoz

Campesino
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Alfredo Lara

Señor Lemus
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Jair De Rubin

Rutilio Lemus
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Evangelina Elizondo

Josephina Gatedo
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José Chávez

Don Manuel
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Isela Díaz

Girl in trash dump
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David Carbajal González

Boy in trash dump
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Arturo Rodríguez Doring

Juan
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Yazmin Valverde

Child in Grande's Jeep
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Towi Contreras

Child in Grande's Jeep
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Francisco Fernando Sánchez Loza

Child in Grande's Jeep
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Antonio Serrano

Corporal
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José Escandón

National Guardsman
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Mel Herrera

National Guardsman
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Jorge Abraham

National Guardsman
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Christian Oteo

National Guardsman
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Roman Valenzuela Gama

National Guardsman
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Víctor Carpinteiro

National Guardsman
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Álvaro Carcaño

Soldier
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Manuel Benítez

Soldier
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Esteban Franco

Soldier
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Eduardo Bulnes

Guerilla
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Martín Brek

Guerilla (as Martin Breck)
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Gustavo Campos

Death Squad member
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Alejandro Avendano

Death Squad member
Crew
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John Duigan

Director
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John Sacret Young

Writer
Disc Releases
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Romero

(DVD, Keep Case (Std.))

10/9/2018

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Romero

(DVD)

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Romero

(DVD)

9/26/2000

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Romero

(DVD)

3/17/2009

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