Choices of the Heart (1983)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Biopic [feature], Docudrama, Religious Drama  |   Run Time - 96 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Choices of the Heart (aka In December the Roses Will Bloom Again) recounts the life and death of Irish lay missionary Jean Donovan. Together with three American nuns, the 27-year-old Donovan (here played by Melissa Gilbert) was murdered in El Salvador in 1980. Constructed in a complex flashback-flashforward style, the film shows how Donovan went from a selfish, materialistic girl to a champion of human rights. Martin Sheen plays the priest who is instrumental in Donovan's turnaround. The increasing demand for the US to withdraw its support of El Salvador's military-oriented government is a secondary but vital ingredient to the full dramatic impact of this made-for-TV movie.



missionary, priest, Catholicism, redemption, murder, Irish [nationality]