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New Movie: Cristiada!

OK. This looks pretty darn awesome. A new movie starring Andy Garcia chronicling the Cristeros War (1926-1929), which was touched off by a rebellion against the Mexican government's attempt to secularize the country.

The film's website is here.

HT Matthew Balan

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Sarah L said...

Most definitely on the radar. Thank you! I'll be waiting for this one.

usually deleted said...

I loved Garcias semi-autobiographical (?) movie
"The Lost City" as well. A version of the Communist-Castro takeover of Cuba that conflicts with the usual media versions.Garcia seems to have his head on straight.

Leticia said...

What a star studded cast! Eduardo was planning this back in 2009 when I interviewed him. Its a subject he's passionate about, being a Mexican Catholic.

Paul said...

This looks awesome! I assume that Blessed Miguel Pro surely must be a main character in this movie, right?

Anonymous said...


A 2:10 there is a great slow motion close up a an empty shell casing being ejected from a rifle. Only problem: IT'S A BLANK cartridge (with the top all crimped over).

I guess it may still look impressive if you've never fired one. To me it's like if you saw these characters running around and someone drinking Gatorade in the background. Or if they showed a close up of a tag hanging from a Sombrero.


A Random Friar said...

My head exploded from the awesomeness!

Gregor Alfonsin C. Pondoyo said...

this movie is going to be awesome:)

Anonymous said...

I watched the clip and I could not make out whether priests were killing people???

Wm said...


Brian Kopp said...

Looks great!

Last night, I showed the trailer to my kids, and also pointed out to them the slow motion close up of a blank cartridge (with the crimped top) being ejected from a bolt action rifle. Being a gun-loving family, we all got a chuckle out of that one. Hopefully they'll fix that in final editing.

Otherwise this is definitely on our family's movie list.

mundabor said...

Here's another fan of Andy Garcia's "The Lost City". Garcia is a good chap. I'll certainly see this movie if it is released here in England.


Anonymous said...

Looks good, but I always wonder in movies like this why all these Mexicans talking to each other in Mexico are doing it in English with Mexican accents. Very strange that if they just spoke unaccented English moviegoers would probably find it inauthentic.

Anonymous said...

I hope this movie will be distributed in North America. It should serve as a warning to the secularizing governments around the world. As one of the characters says, "There is time for peace and there is time for war." Our Lord advocated peace and... buying of swords, too.

Anonymous said...

Caution, please. The Cristeros create huge problems for innocent Catholics and the Mexican government used the uprising as an excuse to murder many priests. While some of these priests have been beatified and canonised, the Church had first to establish that they were not members of the Cristeros movement.

The Texan Traditionalist said...

"While some of these priests have been beatified and canonised, the Church had first to establish that they were not members of the Cristeros movement."

That's utter nonsense. The Church has always supported (and even ordered) the use of lethal and armed intervention to protect the lives of her faithful and the integrity of the faith.

- Blessed Pope Urban II and the First Crusade.
- Pope Innocent III and the Albigensian Crusade.
- Pope St. Pius V and the Battle of Lepanto.
- The Heroes of the Vendée

In regard to the Cristero War, one of the most beloved and revered of martyrs dear to the Cristeros is 15 year-old Blessed Jose Sanchez del Rio. The Cristeros even nicknamed him Tarcisius, after the early Christian saint, martyred for protecting the Eucharist from desecration. During heavy fighting on January 25, 1928, he sought cover and fired at Federal troops until he ran out of ammunition. The government troops captured the boy and imprisoned him in the sacristy of the local church. The troops subjected him to horrific tortures such as being hacked with machetes and having the soles of his feet flayed and made to walk on gravel and stones. His shouts of "Viva Cristo Rey" never ceased until he was stabbed multiple times with rifle bayonets. Even after being shot in the head he still managed to inscribe a cross on the ground using his own blood before he expired.

He was beatified by Pope Benedict XVI in 2005.

This fallacious comment of yours, "Anonymous", belies a belief that runs contrary to the perennial practice of the Church, namely: a rejection of extolling the virtues of dying and soldiering for the faith. Radical Pacifism has NO PLACE in authentic Catholicism whatsoever.

Hearing and seeing Catholics approaching the glorious militant history of the Church with trepidation and even an "apologetic" stance is vile. It reminds me of the prophetic words of Pope St. Pius X:

" ... With these was I wounded in the house of them that loved Me. I was wounded by My friends, who did nothing to defend Me, and who, on every occasion, made themselves the accomplices of My adversaries. And this reproach can be levelled at the weak and timid Catholics of all countries."

Anonymous said...

Beautiful smackdown of reality delivered from Texas:)
-John Church

Tito Edwards said...


What a bunch of baloney.

Right off the bat, when someone comments under "anonymous", you're comments are highly questionable.

This story isn't told as much in Mexico because the secular authorities are still hostile to Catholicism.

My family on my mother's side suffered during the war just for being Catholic.

The Cristero's and Blanco's (the government were called Blanco's) fought a protracted war with the Cristero's winning enough key battles for the gov't to strike a truce.

They agreed not to enforce the anti-Catholic laws in return for a cessation of war. They kept their end (more or less), but they hunted down most of the leaders and soldiers and killed them all without mercy.

Only until JP2's visit to Mexico, about 60 years from the day, were the clergy officially allowed to wear their clericals without fear of retribution. The government agreed to renounce the 1920 anti-Catholic laws and the Vatican allowed JP2 to visit Mexico.

And yes, the Freemasons played an integral part in passing those anti-Catholic laws which began the open persecution of the Catholic Church.


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