A movie about a historic event in Mexico has been filmed in English.
The film is about a time in Mexico (1926-1928) when Mexican Catholics fought for their religious freedom and the right to practice their faith.
With an international cast starring Andy Garcia, Peter O’Toole, and Eva Longoria, For Greater Glory was directed by Dean Wright (Lord of the Rings) and produced by Pablo Jose Barroso. According to several interviews, it was decided to make the film in English because English is considered the universal movie language; “For the same reason why Schindler’s List was not made in German” said Andy Garcia during an interview.
Known in Mexico as the Cristero war, this unfortunate episode of Mexico’s history began when President Plutarco Elias Calles ordered all catholic bishops and priests to be deported from Mexico. At the same time, all foreign ministers were also asked to leave the country. Religion was not to be practiced at all, and those who defied this law were to be executed.
Today, 83.9% of Mexicans are Catholics, and some movie critics have written against this film and dismissed it as religious propaganda, while others welcome the story line hoping it mitigates the ruthless violence the country is facing. Regardless of any criticism, 270,000 people watched the film during the opening weekend (in Mexico)of April 20, 2012, grossing about 1.10 million dollars at the box office. The film will open on June 1st in the United States
The movie was filmed in the area of “El Cerro del Cubilete”; a hill in the heart of Mexico’s territory where Pope Benedict 16threcently officiated a mass attended by over half a million people. It is in this region of the State of Guanajuato, where many priests and laymen of all ages lost their lives. Many were tortured and executed; of those defending religious freedom, it is said they all shouted “Viva Cristo Rey!” before their execution. Amazingly, today there are still several countries around the world whose laws prohibit its people from religious worship, while other countries debate the role of religion within government.
Enjoy the movie trailers: