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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 fim¹s 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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The movie has a clear point of view in favour of the Cristeros, but it is not at all polemic. It also shows very positively the attitude of the many Catholics who refuse to fight, the soldiers and politicians who are torn between doing their duty and doing what they believe is right, the families that are torn apart by the violence, the 14-year-old Jose who has already been proclaimed a martyr and will probably be canonised a saint very soon, and Gorostieta himself, who took over the rebellion because of his support for religious liberty, even though he was not a Catholic at the time.
It's a great pity that this movie was given such a limited theatrical release. Most people do not appear to have ever heard of it. It is a movie that needed to be made about a story that needs to be told.
Mexico, being a traditional Catholic country, saw protests and demonstrations by Catholic organizations. Calles responded by force, employing Federal troops to commit extrajudicial killings. He saw the Cristeros as a threat to his statist regime and wanted it eliminated. This triggered the Cristeros War of the 1920s.
The movie skillfully the individual Cristeros... by and large ordinary people who simply wanted to practice their faith. Women were an important part of the movement, smuggling weapons and ammunition and providing food.
This film is excellent. I would give it six stars if I could. The acting is wonderful, especially that of Andy Garcia, who plays the role of the Cristero general Gorostieta. It has everything: political intrigue, adventure, moral underpinnings... truly a new classic. The portayal of Mexico's central government, out of control and committing atrocities in order to make the people bow to its will, is particularly disturbing.
If you get this video be sure to watch the history piece "extra feature." Although it has a feel of a promotional piece for the movie it is still worth watching in its own right.
wreaked havoc on the Catholic population.....desecrating churches, imposing punishments, and torturing/killing priests and other Christians. The Mexican people rose up against the tyrants in a story of extreme faith and bravery with an army under the guidance of famous General Enrique Gorostieta. Their battle cry was "Viva Cristo Rey!!!" (Long live Christ the King!!!) After this segment of Mexico's history, the government forbade the mentioning of it in schools so that most people of Mexican descent are not aware of this fascinating and terrible time. Today, there are Christian men, women, and children in the Middle East being horribly tortured and killed for their beliefs....those who will not renounce their Faith, much like the Mexican people in the 1920's. This is a story of man's determination to have the freedom to worship God. I loved this telling of true "soldiers of Christ". Every candidate for Confirmation should see it.
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Picture and sound quality are good. English subtitles are not available. Bonus material on the DVD: "The True Story of the Cristeros" featurette.
The film itself I really liked. It focuses on a period in Mexican history I knew very little about: the rebellion of the Cristeros against the atheist government in/around the year 1920. The cast is quite exciting with Andy Garcia in the lead and the late and great Peter O'Toole in a small supporting role in the early part of the film. The acting is solid all round and production values are high, making for a very watchable film. However, this is a film about rebellion and war, and there are scenes of violence and cruelty. Also, the story is told with a rather pro Christian/Catholic bias which may not sit well with some viewers. Still, a very decent film about a less known event in world history and worth seeing for anybody with an interest in Mexico and/or history.
A great film with very good actors. Good action, good pictures, good dialogs, good ideas....
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