For Greater Glory
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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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I doubt that there was a dry eye in the theater. Whether you are Catholic, Mexican or not, makes little difference. The message is clear with this period of history, that 'freedom' of religion may be taken for granted...until it is taken away.
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.