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For Greater Glory: The True Story of Cristiada -- The fight of the Mexican people against the atheistic government during the Cristeros war.
For Greater Glory: The True Story of Cristiada -- A chronicle of the Cristeros War (1926-1929), which was touched off by a rebellion against the Mexican government's attempt to secularize the country.
For Greater Glory: The True Story of Cristiada -- CRISTIADA is a chronicle of the Cristeros War (1926-1929), which was touched off by a rebellion against the Mexican government's attempt to secularize the country. The film follows the stories of ordinary people from across the country who chose to stand


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1 June 2012 (USA) See more »
He was the last man to believe in their cause. But became the first willing to die for it.
A chronicle of the Cristeros War (1926-1929); a war by the people of Mexico against the atheistic Mexican government. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Mauricio Kuri ... José

Adrian Alonso ... Lalo (as Adrián Alonso)

Rubén Blades ... President Calles

Catalina Sandino Moreno ... Adriana

Eduardo Verástegui ... Anacleto Gonzales Flores
Patricia Garza ... Fernanda Gonzales Flores
Alan Ramirez ... Gustavo Gonzales Flores (as Alan Ramírez)
Estefania Alejandra ... Yolanda Gonzales Flores

Oscar Isaac ... Victoriano 'El Catorce' Ramirez
Raúl Adalid ... Father Robles

Peter O'Toole ... Father Christopher

Nestor Carbonell ... Mayor Picazo
Erando González ... La Guada

Santiago Cabrera ... Father Vega

Jorge Luis Moreno ... Pablo
Ignacio Guadalupe ... Bishop Pascual Diaz

Andy Garcia ... Enrique Gorostieta

Eva Longoria ... Tulita Gorostieta
María Fernanda Urdapilleta ... Sandra Gorostieta
Martha Cecilia Flores ... Luz Maria Gorostieta
Carlos Álvarez ... Sergent
Fernando Moya ... Banker
Fernando Mayo ... Calles' Aide

Raúl Méndez ... Miguel Gomez Loza
Tina French ... Older Woman
Ilse Zamarripa ... Marilena

José Sefami ... Photographer
Arturo Vázquez ... Lieutenant Acevedo

Karyme Lozano ... José's Mother
Guillermo Larrea ... Sergeant Humberto

Horacio Garcia Rojas ... Flaco (as Horacio García Rojas)
Harold Torres ... Soldier 1

Tizoc Arroyo ... Soldier 2
Ricardo Lorenzana ... Ceniceros
Jorge Urzua ... Captain Quintana (as Jorge Urzúa)
Israel Islas ... Gorostieta's Lieutenant

Bruce Greenwood ... Ambassador Dwight Morrow

Bruce McGill ... President Calvin Coolidge
Roger Cudney ... Secretary of State Kellogg
Jake Koenig ... Ambassador Sheffield
Eduardo Von ... Engineer
Mauricio Moreno ... Critero Lieutenant
Joe Drago ... American Businessman

Joaquín Garrido ... Minister Amaro
Jorge Adrián Espíndola ... Miguel (as Jorge Adrián Espindola)

J.C. Montes-Roldan ... General Pedroza (as Juan Carlos Montes)
Simón Guevara ... Policeman
Paulo Galindo ... Secret Service Leader

Alma Martinez ... Mrs. Vargas Gonzales (as Alma Martínez)
Milton Cortez ... Jorge Vargas Gonzales

Andrés Montiel ... Florentino Vargas Gonzales
Lucía Pailles ... Marta (as Lucía Paillés)
Margarita Wynne ... Embassy Staff Member
Julian Bucio ... Commanding Officer (as Julián Bucio)
René Campero ... Federal General 1
Miguel Couturier ... Federal General 2
Ulises Nieto ... Lorenzo

Luis Rosales ... Federal Foot Soldier
Rodrigo Corea ... Messenger
Moisés Suárez ... Bishop Pascual (as Moises Suárez)

Giovanna Acha Aleman ... Adriana's companion (as Giovanna Acha)
Eduardo Gleason ... Sergeant Sánchez
Metztli Adamina ... Boy's Mother
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Omar Ayala ... Hermano Sanchez (uncredited)

Tenoch Huerta ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Dean Wright 
Writing credits
Michael Love (written by)

Produced by
Pablo Jose Barroso .... producer
Sandra Solares .... line producer
Original Music by
James Horner 
Cinematography by
Eduardo Martínez Solares 
Film Editing by
Richard Francis-Bruce 
Mike Jackson 
Casting by
Dianne Crittenden 
Karen Rea 
Manuel Teil 
Production Design by
Salvador Parra 
Art Direction by
Ezra Buenrostro 
Set Decoration by
Daniela Rojas 
Costume Design by
María Estela Fernández 
Makeup Department
Carla Tinoco .... make-up and hair designer
Production Management
Lisa Dennis Kennedy .... post-production supervisor
Mauricio Lule .... unit manager: second unit
Claudia Nemer .... production supervisor
Jorge Eduardo Ramírez .... unit manager
Carlos Taibo .... production manager
Juan Uruchurtu .... second unit produccion manager
Eduardo Viladoms .... post-production supervisor: Mexico
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Stephanie Beauchef .... first assistant director: second unit
Álvaro Curiel .... second unit director
María Raquel Dioni .... second assistant director
Gabriela Gavica .... second assistant director: second unit
Martín León .... third assistant director
René Villarreal .... first assistant director
Art Department
Manuel Andrade .... swing gang
Devorah Galván Caballero .... props
Patricia Cuevas .... property master
Victoria Cuevas .... decoration assistant
Christian Galindo .... art graphic designer
Felipe Linares .... set designer
Connie Martinez .... art assistant
Roberto Pizarro .... assistant property master
Mark Zepeda .... concept illustrator
Sound Department
Christopher Alba .... supervising foley editor
Jaime Baksht .... adr recordist
Gregg Barbanell .... foley artist
Michelle Couttolenc .... adr recordist
Dane A. Davis .... sound designer
Sergio Diaz .... adr recordist
Matthew W. Kielkopf .... second assistant sound editor
Rick Kline .... sound re-recording mixer
Mark Larry .... supervising sound editor
Tim LeBlanc .... sound re-recording mixer
Kimberly Ellen Lowe .... supervising dialogue and adr editor (as Kimberly Lowe)
Tom Ozanich .... sound re-recording mixer
Lucy Sustar .... foley mixer
David A. Whittaker .... sound effects editor
John Soukup .... sound transfer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Alejandro Vázquez .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Tara C. Beavers .... visual effects coordinator
Sandro Blattner .... digital compositor
Eglantine Boinet .... digital matte painting
Lersak Bunupuradah .... model/texture artist: Method Studios
Steward Burris .... animation supervisor
Kris Cabrera .... lighting artist
Angelo Caruso .... title artist
Roy Chang .... compositor
Chad E. Collier .... data operations manager: Method Studios
Craig Crawford .... co-lead compositor: Sandbox FX
Kevin Del Colle .... digital film scanner
Andrey Drogobetski .... compositor
Olivier Dumont .... visual effects supervisor: Method Studios
Phillip Feiner .... visual effects producer
Erin Ferguson .... visual effects producer: Method Studios
Tim Fescoe .... digital compositor
Bradley Friedman .... visual effects plate supervisor
Edwin Gamez .... compositor
Edwin Gamez .... digital compositor
Pam Gonzales .... digital painter
Kerry Graham .... visual effects artist
Richard Grandy .... pipeline supervisor: Method Studios
Shinya Ishii .... modeling and texturing: Method Studios
James Kirk .... visual effects artist: Method Studios
Jay Lalime .... digital compositor: Sandbox FX
Samuel P. Larson .... compositor
Seong Joon Lee .... lead animator: Method Studios
Jack Lilburn .... visual effects coordinator: Method Studios
Kenneth Lui .... digital effects artist
Andy Mower .... compositor: Method Studios
Masa Narita .... lead cg modeler: Method Studios
John P. Nugent .... visual effects supervisor: Sandbox FX
Eileen O'Connor .... visual effects producer: Sandbox FX
Eddie Offermann .... software developer
Eddie Offermann .... visual effects color
Luis Amaury Rodriguez .... camera layout artist
Sean Rowe .... digital film scanner
Matt Seckman .... compositor
Aaron Vest .... visual effects artist
Tom Zils .... lead compositor
Melody Woodford .... head of production: Method Studios (uncredited)
Hugo Aguilera .... utility stunts
Odin Ayala .... utility stunts
Omar Ayala .... utility stunts
Julian Bucio .... stunt coordinator
Felipe Franco .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Gerardo Manjarrez .... steadicam operator
Hana Matsumoto .... still photographer
Stefania Villarreal .... camera trainee
Diego Villasenor .... still photographer
Editorial Department
Lisa Cossettini .... assistant editor
Petra Demas .... first assistant editor
Giovanni DiGiorgio .... digital intermediate assistant
Toby Francis-Bruce .... assistant editor
Annie Johnson .... digital intermediate producer
Harry Muller .... color timer
Stephen Nakamura .... digital intermediate colorist
Paul C. Nesmith .... digital intermediate editor
Nolan Reese .... first assistant editor
Jennifer Spenelli .... first assistant editor
Colin Walter .... post-production coordinator
Kyle C. Smith .... dailies assistant: Company 3 LA (uncredited)
Ian Sullivan .... digital intermediate accountant (uncredited)
Music Department
Deva Anderson .... music supervisor
Dick Bernstein .... music editor
Katie Greathouse .... temp music editor
Isobel Griffiths .... orchestra contractor
Tony Hinnigan .... musician
James Horner .... conductor
Aled Jenkins .... assistant engineer
Lewis Jones .... pro tools recordist
Randy Kerber .... orchestrator
Jon Kull .... orchestrator
London Symphony Orchestra .... music performed by (as The London Symphony Orchestra)
Ben Parry .... choir director
J.A.C. Redford .... orchestrator
Simon Rhodes .... music score engineer
Michael T. Ryan .... music editor
Sylvia Wells .... music scoring coordinator
Bruce White .... viola
Jonathan Williams .... musician: cello
Other crew
Jose Manuel Ballesteros .... catering coordinator
Joel Baral .... post production accountant
Fuad Abed Dalton .... key production assistant
Andrea Gamboa .... production coordinator
Joel M. Gonzales .... publicity associate
Otniel Gonzalez .... key armorer
Gabriel Gornell .... distribution consultant
Sergio Gutierrez .... government liaison
Ronald J. Levin .... production counsel
Bruno Montes de Oca Monge .... on set production assistant
Paula Moreno .... head manager - additional international sales & marketing
Paula Moreno .... publicity director
Monica Moyano .... location assistant
Juan Pablo Noval .... location scout
Ihxel Perez .... assistant production coordinator
Ignacio Revelo .... armorer
Horacio Rodríguez .... location manager
Cristina Salgado .... production assistant trainee
Carlos Salom .... train coordinator
Nikola Sumberova .... executive assistant to director
Alejandro Uriegas .... assistant location manager
Diego Villasenor .... behind-the-scenes
Fuad C'Amanero .... special thanks

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"For Greater Glory" - USA (short title)
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Rated R for war violence and some disturbing images
USA:145 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
France:U (with warning) | Singapore:PG13 | USA:R (certificate #47510)

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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 »
Father Christopher:Who are you if you don't stand up for what you believe? There is no greater glory than to give your life for Christ.See more »


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61 out of 74 people found the following review useful.
One of the Best Films of 2012 if not THE Best, 1 June 2012
Author: DUKEJBM from Right Here

An under the radar film about a subject I knew nothing about that absolutely floored me. It's a high quality film with flat out superb performances that makes you contemplate and appreciate faith and freedom like few films have ever managed to convey. Yes, it is a faith based film. If that offends some, then this isn't the movie or the subject for you. Unlike other faith based efforts, this effort is not cheesy or ham-fisted or even preachy.

It's the tale of the Cristeros War (1926-1929); a war by the people of Mexico against the Mexican government who cracked down in brutal ways against the Catholic Church and against religious freedom in general. Andy Garcia is Oscar level good here as General Gorostieta, a man with limited faith who responds and masterfully leads the fight for freedom. It's intense and, at times, surprisingly violent and impactful. This movie delivers real emotion and doesn't dodge tough questions about faith. It delivers an exceptional balance of showing why people behave and choose to engage in certain behaviors even when such behavior is contrary to the core of their belief system.

One thing is certain; no one who has faith will take it or their religious freedom for granted after watching and EXPERIENCING this film. That's how it registered with me at any rate.

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