Although the message of the film is essential to its impact, so is the behind-the-camera talent. The dusty Mexican vistas at times evoke Sam Peckinpah’s The Wild Bunch, but the fighters in For Greater Glory are fighting for a moral code centered on God rather than on themselves. Director Dean Wright, best known as a visual effects supervisor for films such as The Lord of the Rings: The Two TowersTitanic and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, does an admirable if not exceptional job of juggling multiple characters across the film’s two-and-a-half-hour running time.

For Greater Glory lands right after Memorial Day and a few weeks ahead of July 4 in the United States, helping us remember our own revolutionary history, and rekindling our hopes that others might know the freedoms we’ve known and have fought for. “It is not only our duty to defend freedom but our right,” says Gen. Velarde. The government troops “will fire bullets, but God decides where they land.”

For Greater Glory reminds us that He does not promise success, but when it comes, it’s a glorious thing.


  • Language/Profanity: “What the hell.”
  • Alcohol/Smoking/Drugs: Many scenes of cigar and cigarette smoking as well as scenes of drinking, often during war negotiations.
  • Sex/Nudity: None.
  • Violence/Crime: A boy is slapped for throwing food at a priest; the priest later is executed as the boy looks on; multiple men are shot or hanged, with their bodies shown later, dangling from ropes; people are struck with the butts of guns; revolutionary activities go against laws the rebels believe are used to unjust ends; a man is stabbed to death; a young boy is determined to be a martyr for the cause.
  • Marriage/Religion: The Cristeros fight the government and its anti-Catholic policies; a crucifix is burned; religious freedom is central to the Cristeros’ cause, with their general saying that he cherishes religious freedom, even though he himself is not a Christian; a character says there is no greater glory than to give one’s life for Christ; communion is offered to the soldiers, but not to the general; boys say grace; boys are told it “would not be right in the eyes of God” for them to serve as soldiers; a man says, “Go with God”; a worship service; a man tells his wife he wishes he had her faith, but that he doesn’t know where to find it; she replies that it just might find him; God is said to be able to take even the most horrific events and use them for good—like the Cross.

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