For Greater Glory is an upcoming drama film starring Andy Garcia, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Eva Longoria and Oscar Isaac. A story about freedom and what the word ensues for everyone who loves their home, country and life. For Greater Glory will have audiences examining their hearts on what the price they would pay for freedom. In this movie a group of men and women make the decision to risk everything for their faith, family and their country’s future. For Greater Glory gives audiences a glimpse of the adventure that has been hidden in the Cristero War that rocked 20th century America. Let’s take a look at a recent article from Harvey S. Karten for this upcoming film:
“For Greater Glory Starring Andy Garcia and Eva Longoria
As the campaign for President of the United States heats up, commentators repeatedly state that the economy is the leading factor that will determine the vote of independents. Yet one cannot help thinking that social issues, like abortion and gay marriage, will have an enormous influence, with churches of Evangelical bent particularly pro-life and anti-gay marriage and liberals decidedly pro-choice and pro-gay marriage. Simply put, the lines seem drawn between those of a liberal bent and those of particular religious beliefs, a situation that bears at least some similarity to events in Mexico from 1926-1929. Though the film “For Greater Glory” fails to enlighten us to the background of the rebellion with which it deals—we’re told simply that the government of President Plutarco Elias Calles (Rubén Blades) provoked an armed resistance by rigorous enforcement of the Constitution of 1917—the dramatization which earns every one of its long one hundred forty-three minutes is mighty impressive.
This is an expensive production filmed on location in Mexico principally in the area of Durango with a cast of hundreds and a group of principals forming a true ensemble work with no one person dominating proceedings.
The epic tale pits President Calles, representing the will of anti-clericals with a history of resentment toward the ownership of large tracts of land by the Church and a belief that conservative forces were holding back material progress, against General Enrique Gorostieta Velarde (Andy Garcia) of the Cristeros, essentially “Christ’s Army,” which favors freedom to worship. This freedom is violated with extreme prejudice by the Federales, soldiers ordered to repress the church so vigorously that priests are killed and church possessions destroyed.
In early scenes, José Luis Sánchez del Rio (Mauricio Kuri in a debut performance), a mischievous 12-year-old boy, hits an aging priest, Father Christopher (Peter O’Toole) in the forehead with a piece of fruit, is ordered to redeem himself by becoming a sweeper and then choir boy under the clergyman’s supervision, and is horrified to see the man he has grown to love assassinated by a government firing squad. José, who becomes a primary actor in the tale, is determined to become a martyr, to die if necessary while fighting with an army of Cristeros under General Gorostieta.”
The rest of the article can be read at Compuserve
For Greater Glory will be shown in cinemas on June 1st 2012 and is directed by Dean Wright
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