What is is the the number one movie in Mexico? Would you believe it was made in Hollywood and this part drama, part western, part war movie has as its battle cry "Viva Cristo Rey!" (Long Live Christ the King!) More mind boggling, it is about religious freedom and portrays the Catholic Church in a favorable light. At its core it is about courage and the fight for freedom during what we could call the Mexican Spring during the 1920s.
Director David Wright, previously known more for his special effects, demonstrates his great talent on a huge dramatic canvas. He told the Mexican press conference (below), "And when we show it to the world, I think everyone will be amazed at this story of passion [and] the struggle for freedom that will touch everyone and inspire the world."
"For the Greater Glory" (the Spanish version is called "Christiada") stars Academy Award® nominees Andy Garcia and Catalina Sandino Moreno, TV star Eva Longoria, and Peter O'Toole, although early viewers say young Mauricio Kuri, playing 13 year old Jose Sanchez del Rio, steals the show.
Here's its promoters' description: "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 film's adventure unfolds against the long-hidden, true story of the 1920s Cristero War, the daring people's revolt that rocked 20th Century North America."
Watch the trailer:
If you want to practice your Spanish, enjoy the press conference in Mexico:
I look forward to a review of "For the Greater Glory" by Steven D. Greydanus on his DecentFilms.com.