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For Greater Glory: The True Story of Cristiada (2012)

R | | Drama, History, War | 1 June 2012 (USA)
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A chronicle of the Cristeros War (1926-1929); a war by the people of Mexico against the atheistic Mexican government.

Director:

Dean Wright

Writer:

Michael Love
3 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mauricio Kuri ... José
Adrian Alonso ... Lalo
Rubén Blades ... President Calles
Catalina Sandino Moreno ... Adriana
Eduardo Verástegui ... Anacleto Gonzales Flores
Patricia Garza Patricia Garza ... Fernanda Gonzales Flores
Alan Ramirez Alan Ramirez ... Gustavo Gonzales Flores
Estefania Alejandra Estefania Alejandra ... Yolanda Gonzales Flores
Oscar Isaac ... Victoriano 'El Catorce' Ramirez
Raúl Adalid Raúl Adalid ... Father Robles
Peter O'Toole ... Father Christopher
Nestor Carbonell ... Mayor Picazo
Erando González Erando González ... La Guada
Santiago Cabrera ... Father Vega
Jorge Luis Moreno ... Pablo
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What price would you pay for freedom? In the exhilarating action epic FOR GREATER GLORY, an impassioned group of men and women make the decision to risk it all for family, faith and country. This film unfolds the (hidden) true story of 1920's Cristeros War. Written by Dos Corazones Films

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He was the last man to believe in their cause. But became the first willing to die for it.

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Drama | History | War | Western

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for war violence and some disturbing images | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Partially financed by the Knights of Columbus, whose members in both the United States and Mexico were an integral part of the actual Cristeros Rebellion. See more »

Quotes

Enrique Gorostieta: How was the ride?
José: Like flying, sir.
Enrique Gorostieta: Tomorrow morning, I'm going to lead the men into battle. Want to carry the flag?
José: It would be an honor, sir.
José: We leave at first light.
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Near the end of the credits, "Batman" is credited as a painter. See more »

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Which side are you on?
3 June 2012 | by emenezesSee all my reviews

"For Greater Glory" is an amazing film. It's an inspiring retelling of the the Cristeros War against the Mexican government for its having outlawed the Catholic Church and its executions and massacres of those who dared to live out their religious freedom.

The cast is top-notch and the direction pretty competent, keeping the story weaved among intimate scenes and battle scenes. Filled with poignant moments of the lives of the protagonists and of those close to them and with the heroic - as well as less than heroic - skirmish scenes.

It's a movie about taking sides courageously, how conflicting this can be in a man's conscience, especially when it involves the spilling of blood. If anything, the personal struggle of many characters getting into this war and carrying it out made the film shine. From the young boy who faced martyrdom for the Catholic faith - Jose Sanchez del Rio, beatified in 2005 - to his uncle, a cowardly mayor too enamored of power to save him.

I cannot help thinking how timely this film is when the Church and Catholics - for now - are again being curtailed in their freedoms by a government with its own agenda, this time the American government trying to limit the Church's ministry and to force Catholics to violate their consciences. Like Calles, Obama has presented the same arguments to justify his unjustifiable actions against the Church, Catholics and their institutions. It's government might over faith, the collective over the individual, an usurpation of the state to serve not the people, but an ideology.

PS: disregard most professional critics' reviews for they seem to have a chip on their shoulder so big that it blinds them to the artistic and cinematographic qualities of this film.


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Official Sites:

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Country:

Mexico

Language:

Spanish | English

Release Date:

1 June 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Tlaxcala, Mexico See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,885,608, 3 June 2012

Gross USA:

$5,672,846

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,173,682
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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