Choices of the Heart (1983)

aka In December the Roses Will Bloom Again


Director:Joseph Sargent
Writer: John Pielmeier (writer)


Choices of the Heart is an award winning television movie based on the real events in the lives of Jean Donovan, Archbishop Oscar Romero, and the three other churchwomen who were killed in El Salvador during their Civil War.

On March 24, 1980, Romero was killed, and three Roman Catholic nuns and a lay Catholic missionary were killed on December 2, 1980, by Salvadoran death squads, possibly funded by the United States.Three of the women dedicated their lives to helping refugees and sick people for years.Jean Donovan had been in El Salvador for over two years helping the children that she was so devoted to. Donovan says over and over in her letters to her family in the U.S. that God brought her to El Salvador.These women were raped, tortured, and killed at gun point by the death squads of El Salvador. Attempts from the Salvadoran and American governments were made to try to cover the murders up.

Credited Cast:
Melissa Gilbert ... Jean Donovan
Peter Horton ... Doug
Helen Hunt ... Cathy
Mary McCusker ... Sister Maura Clarke
Mari Gorman ... Sister Ita Ford
Pamela Bellwood ... Sister Dorothy Kazel
Patrick Cassidy ... Patrick
René Enríquez ... Archbishop Romero
Mike Farrell ... Ambassador Robert E. White
Martin Sheen ... Father Philan
Demián Bichir ... Armando
Enrique Lucero ... Colonel Rojas
Delores Devine ... Gwen (as Dolores Devine)
George Belanger ... Father Rich