41. Oscar Romero In Romero (1989)

Assassinated By: Unnamed gunman
Cause of Death: Shot in the midst of a sermon

Though it's not the most revered of biopics, Romero does depict the religious figure's murder with stark naturalism. Raul Julia plays Oscar Romero, the fourth Archbishop of El Salvador, an outspoken preacher who condemned the government's abuses of basic human rights. On March 24, 1980, he was shot to death by an unknown assailant while giving a sermon to a packed church.

The movie's director, John Duigan, wisely opts to let the actions speak for themselves in his dramatization of the killing. There's no flashy camerawork or slick editing; we just watch the gunman walk from his car to the pulpit, intercut with pieces of Romero's sermon. And then the gun goes off. It's a simplistic approach, yet one that can be quite effective when, as in this case, it's done right.

blog comments powered by Disqus