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0 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Entertainment April 5, 1991 i 'Romero' Movie about slain Archbishop Oscar Romero will air Apdl 16 on CBS By SR. MARY ANN WALSH Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) -- "Romero," a theatrical movie about slain Archbishop Oscar Romero of San Salvador, El Salvador, will air on CBS-TV April 16, 8-10 p.m. CDT, the network announced. (WEHT TV, Channel 25, is the CBS affiliate in the Evansville area. WTHI, Chan- nel 10, i6 the CBS affiliate serv- ing the Terre Haute area.) The movie, which stars Raul Julia as the churchman who was an outspoken critic of E1 Salvador's military dictator- ship, was produced by Paulist Father Ellwood Kieser, presi- dent of Paulist productions in Pacific Palisades, Calif. The movie recounts the last three years in the life of the prelate who was fatally shot in 1980 as he celebrated Mass. (Screenings of "Romero" were arranged in Evansville in 1990 through the cooperation of the Catholic Diocese of Evansville and the Evansville Area Council of Churches, to commemorate the 10th anniver- sary of the archbishop's assassination.) "Romero" drew mixed reviews when released into theaters by Four Seasons Enter- tainment in 1989. Henry Herx of the U.S. Friends face mortality in 'The Boys' By HENRY HERX Catholic News Service NEW YORK (CNS) -- Two lifelong buddies are suddenly brought face to face with their mortality when one of them is told he has only six months to live in "The Boys," airing Monday, April 15, 8-10 p.m. CDT on ABC. (WTVW, Channel 7 in Evansville, and WBAK, Chan- nel 38 in Terre Haute, are area ABC affiliates.) After growing up together in New York, Walter (James Woods) and Artie (John Lithgow) have teamed up as TV writers in Los Angeles where they've had success for more than 20 years. Their relationship is of the odd-couple variety -- two friends with very different per- sonalities and opposite habits. For instance, low-keyed Walter jogs every morning and doesn't drink, smoke or eat junk food. Blustering Artie, on the other hand, is a chain smoker who doesn't give a hoot about his health and won't even bother with a car seatbelt. The story begins with Waiter's annual physical revealing that he has terminal lung cancer. When he tells Ar- tie, his partner is devastated by the thought that the passive smoke from his cigarettes inhal- ed by Walter over the years may have been the cause. The burden of that realiza- tion, however, only serves to increase the miserable Artie's dependency on smoking even more. Artie's addiction is treated seriously but with enough humorous twists to make its point without becoming an anti-smoking sermon. But the narrative's larger con- cern is in showing how Walter uses the six months he has left t wrap up the unfinished business of his life. This includes making his peace with his ex-wife and teen-age son as well as with the woman who has the key to his apartment and his long - alienated younger brother. During the process we learn that Walter is a recovering alcoholic who, in celebrating nine years' sobriety, wants his Alcoholics Anonymous support group to know how much they have meant to him. Mostly, however, his concern is for his lifelong friend and partner, Artie, a big, overgrown lad who has always been too flippant and self-centered to ever attain full maturity. Though Walter devises in- genious stratagems to get Artie to grow up, kick the nicotine habit and care about other peo- ple, he knows that Artie will fall apart unless he finds so- meone to take his place as his writing partner. Catholic Conference Office for Film and Broadcasting, said the script by John Sacret Young tended to be "melodramatic" but said the movie works because of "the brilliant perfor- mance of Julia." "He invests the role with an intense spiritual dimension that makes credible Archbishop Romero's defiance of a ruthless regime," Herx said. Vincent Canby of The New York Times called it "per- suasive, without being mov- ing." Because of "graphic scenes of violence," the USCC classified it A-II--adults and adolescents. In an interview with Catholic News Service prior to the movie's release, Julia said play- ing the churchman was dif- ficult. "This is a hero for people in Latin America," he said, "and I had to be faithful to someone many people knew." Getting the movie on network television marks another goal reached by Father Kieser, who last year said that TV release would help meet expenses for the low-budget film, also distributed on video by Vid- mark. 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