FOR GREATER GLORY
A Guide to The Historical Characters
General Gorostieta Played by Andy Garcia:
A retired military mastermind who thinks his best days are behind him until he
agrees to take command of the Cristero Army -- a rough-and-tumble band of
renegades he helps turn into impassioned warriors for freedom. Reluctant at
first to join the cause, his decision to fight for the liberty of others becomes
his own path to personal transformation.
Tulita Played by Eva Longoria:
General Gorostieta's devoted wife, who clearly sees both the danger and the
vital importance in her husband's daring decision to lead the uprising against
government suppression of the most basic rights of personal belief.
President Plutarco Calles Played by Ruben Blades:
The President of Mexico from 1924 - 1928, Plutarco Calles came into office
proposing to modernize the country. But when he chooses to crack down on
religious freedom and civil liberties, his violent, iron-fisted actions spark
the grass-roots rise of the Cristeros, an all-out people's insurgency that will
rock his administration and the continent.
Father Christopher Played by Peter O'Toole:
A peace-loving priest who becomes an unwitting enemy of the government, Father
Christopher displays unwavering faith in the face of inexplicable intolerance.
JosÃ© Luis Sanchez Played by Mauricio Kuri:
Once just a typically mischievous boy from a small village, JosÃ©'s friendship
with Father Christopher and his growing sense of belief drive him to join the Cristeros despite his youth - and find a profound courage that will become an
inspiration for the ages.
Father Reyes Vega Played by Santiago Cabrera:
A priest who joins the Cristeros only to find himself pushed into a dark act of
Anacleto Gonzalez Flores Played by Eduardo Verastegui:
Revealing another side of the Cristeros is Anacieto Flores, the pacifist lawyer
who supports non-violent resistance -- making him a government target on the
run. He is sometimes called "The Mexican Gandhi" for his commitment to peaceful
Victoriano "El Catorce" Ramirez Played by Oscar Isaacs:
Dubbed "El Catorce" or "The Fourteen" because he single-handedly fought off
fourteen members of a posse sent to kill him, this bold and feisty insurgent
ultimately becomes a strong leader among the Cristeros.
Adriana Played by Catalina Moreno:
A young female warrior, Adriana is drawn from several real-life women who found
their own savvy and brave ways to join the Cristeros' bid for freedom.
Dwight Morrow Played by Bruce Greenwood:
The U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, sent on a complex mission to halt the war on the
U.S. border and protect American interests in Mexican oil. He is credited with
brokering an end to the bloodshed of the Cristero War. Later, he would be known
for his daughter's marriage to the aviator Charles Lindbergh.
President Calvin Coolidge Played by Bruce McGill:
The 30th President of the United States (1923 - 1929), who must try to balance
American interests with an escalating war just over the border. After supporting
the Mexican government early in the war, the United States becomes a key player
in negotiating a long sought-after peace.
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