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For Greater Glory (2012)

Peter O'Toole , Andy Garcia , Dean Wright  |  R |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (550 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Peter O'Toole, Andy Garcia, Eva Longoria
  • Directors: Dean Wright
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Arc Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 11, 2012
  • Run Time: 150 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (550 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,957 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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 each make the decision to risk it all for family, faith and the very future of their country, as the films adventure unfolds against the long-hidden, true story of the 1920s Cristero War ­the daring people¹s revolt that rocked 20th Century North America.

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159 of 163 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Viva Cristo Rey! June 1, 2012
This is an excellent film, but read no further if you are concerned about "spoilers"....

As explained by Steven Greydanus,"The 1917 Mexican Constitution included harsh anticlerical provisions that went unenforced until the regime of Plutarco Elías Calles....In 1926, Calles introduced legislation -- the 'Calles Law' -- specifying penalties for violating the constitutional prohibitions: Clergy could be imprisoned for criticizing the government, fined for wearing clerical garb in public, and so forth. Calles also moved to seize Church property, close Catholic schools, seminaries and monasteries, and deport foreign priests" (National Catholic Register, 5/29/2012).

I particularly enjoy historical films and have grown accustomed to learning that certain characters in these films can be composites or created for dramatic impact. I guessed incorrectly with this film: "At the center of director Dean Wright's sprawling epic stand two remarkable figures: retired but restless military hero Gen. Enrique Gorostieta (Andy Garcia), a religious skeptic who becomes the unlikely commander of those taking up arms in the name of faith, and Jose Luis Sanchez (impressive newcomer Mauricio Kuri), a saintly adolescent volunteer in Gorostieta's forces who, decades later, was beatified for his role in the struggle....Out to defy the government by peaceful means is another real-life character, also since beatified, Anacleto Gonzalez Flores (Eduardo Verastegui). A pacifist lawyer, Gonzalez is sometimes referred to as `the Mexican Gandhi'" (John Muldering, Catholic News Service)

Greydanus speaks to what will be this film's enduring relevance: "Visiting Mexico earlier this year, Pope Benedict XVI highlighted ongoing restrictions on religious freedom in Mexico's Constitution.
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100 of 104 people found the following review helpful
I went with my husband to see this movie twice at the theatre! It is based on truth, an action-packed spiritual, uplifting, inspiring, deeply moving historical drama that is A MUST-SEE!!
The acting is impeckable!! Not a flaw throughout. It keeps you interested at every minute, and it is 2 1/2 hours! The story line is very clear, and you know WHO is WHO, because the faces are very distinct from one another and nothing is confusing at any point.
I would recommend this movie of course for everyone (not for young children though).

Please surprise yourself wonderfully by seeing and supporting this most excellent movie!!
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91 of 95 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars There is Hope June 2, 2012
This film is excellent and the fact that it is true makes it even more so. It is interesting to note that all the major networks, NBC, ABC, and CBS, were silent in reviewing this film from the films coming out on June 1st. Perhaps they felt it would be wrong to show the people of Mexico in a good light. Perhaps the attack on the Catholic religion is, at this time, too close to home. The story of the fight to stop people of faith, by a government without faith, not only restores one's beliefs but shows to what extent people will go to to defend their beliefs. Several of my Mexican relatives had no idea of what had happened under the evil rule of Calles. They have been in United States too long and forgotten their Mexican roots. Many of them came across the border to escape the tyrany of a corrupt government. Hopefully they will not encounter such corruption here. This is a film worth seeing.
Richard Fandel
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110 of 116 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Inspiring and Deeply Moving July 20, 2012
A truly inspiring and deeply moving account of the events and characters struggling for Faith and Freedom in the little known persecution and Christero's War in 1920's Mexico. Superp cast and excellent production values. A must for people who believe that the real "Super Heroes" are not found in comic books but in the Grace, Faith and Courage of ordinary human beings who respond to the assault on their God Given Rights, and live and die for values that transend their mundane needs and desires.
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104 of 110 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome June 4, 2012
I saw the movie in the theater on Saturday, June 2, just after the June 1 release. I have been waiting a long time for this movie to be released. The story of the Cristeros has finally come to the screen. This much forgotten and much ignored part of Mexican history is finally remembered.

I can look at the movie from two perspectives. First, the film has a huge religious, inspirational impact: fidelity to Jesus Christ and the Catholic Faith, acts of heroism and love, martyrdom under terrible persecution run throughout the entire film. Secondly, as a long time movie fan, the film is incredibly well done with superb actors.

The critics hate this film because it is not PC and it defends principles that myopic, closed minded ideologues will not even discuss.

Many films depict the horrors of the holocaust, and rightly so. The Catholic Church has had many holocausts throughout history. The brutal persecution of the Catholic Church by President Plutarco Calles is just one of them. It is a story that must be told and studied so that it does not happen here.

I found the movie especially moving, because I have lived in Mexico for six years. I have exercised my ministry in many places where the movie takes place. I was particularly moved by the film's superb depiction of the martyrdom of Jose Sanchez del Rio.

Viva Cristo Rey!
Father James Farfaglia
Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church
Corpus Christi, TX
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie of a very true story!!!
Published 1 hour ago by Joseph R Zauhar
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved This One
Loved this one. What a great history lesson for all of us. It asks a question--what would we do if the government told us that we could no longer practice our faith? Read more
Published 1 day ago by Orthodoxy
5.0 out of 5 stars For Great Glory - Great movie !
Fast delivery, great movie. The Cristero War (1926‒1929), also known as La Cristiada, was an attempted counter-revolution against the anti-clericalism of the ruling Mexican... Read more
Published 1 day ago by J. Jauregui
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone needs to watch this movie... Many ...
Everyone needs to watch this movie...Many things in todays headlines are in this movie and the movie is a true story.
Published 2 days ago by Peggy Brow-letrent
5.0 out of 5 stars Andy Garcia is amazing. None of the actors took payment for this ...
A piece of history about faith and tyranny we should all see. Andy Garcia is amazing. None of the actors took payment for this movie because of all who died for their freedom. Read more
Published 6 days ago by V. Eusterman
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great, inspirational, thought-provoking movie based on historical events of which most of us have been totally ignorant. Excellent cast.
Published 8 days ago by Youngblood
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A WONDERFUL movie of Courage, Commitment, Loyalty and Pride. Love IT!
Published 8 days ago by gardengirl12
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very good movie
Published 11 days ago by Michel E. Spichiger
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
I have a more lengthy review on Netflix. I found every aspect of this film to be great -- from the story line to the acting to the directing to the action to the drama. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Ed Myers
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
interesting movie
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