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FOR GREATER GLORY
USA: ARC Entertainment
Cast: Andy Garcia, Oscar Isaac, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Santiago Cabrera, Ruben Blades, Eva Longoria, Peter O'Toole, Eduardo Verastegui, Mauricio Kuri, Bruce Greenwood, Bruce McGill, Nestor Carbonell, Karyme Lozano, Adrian Alonso, Luis Rosales, Tenoch Huerta, Alma Martinez, Raúl Mendez, Andres Montiel
Director: Dean Wright
Language: Spanish (English subtitles)
USA: 143 mins
USA Rated: R for war violence and some disturbing images
USA Release Date: 1 June 2012
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Action epic FOR GREATER GLORY sees an impassioned group of men and women fight for their freedom. They each decide to risk it all - for their families, faith and the very future of their country. The film explores the long-hidden, true story of the 1920s Cristero War - a revolt by Mexican citizens against their government that rocked 20th century North America.
General Gorostieta (Andy Garcia), a retired military man, initially thinks he has nothing personal at stake as he and his wife (Eva Longoria) watch Mexico fall into a violent civil war. However, he will become the resistance's most inspiring and self-sacrificing leader, as he begins to see the cost of religious persecution on his countrymen. Using his military expertise, he transforms a disorganised and untrained band of rebels into a heroic force to be reckoned with against a powerful and ruthless government.
Set in the 1920's, the Cristero War (aka the Cristiada) from 1926-29 was a rebellion against the ruling Mexican government. The Mexican forces and government were seeking to destroy superstition and fanaticism and embarked on a campaign of persecution of religion in this predominantly Roman Catholic country.