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Here's a trailer for CRISTIADA, a period war flick starring Andy Garcia and featuring the great Peter O'Toole!

Published at: March 31, 2011, 3:34 a.m. CST

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with the trailer for a movie that's so far soared under the radar called Cristiada. Directed by VFX maestro Dean Wright (LOTR, Narnia) and with a bunch of talented people, including the in-front-of-the-camera Andy Garcia, Eva Longoria, Oscar Isaac, Bruce Greenwood, Bruce McGilll, Nestor Carbonell and Peter O'Toole and the behind-the-camera team of people like editor Richard Francis-Bruce (The Shawshank Redemption, Se7en) and composer James Horner (you don't need me to give you a list of his credits, do you?).

As you may be able to tell from the title, it's about the Cristeros War where the Mexican people rose up to fight for their freedom of religion. Can't say how the movie will end up, but the trailer show an incredibly good looking movie and after the list above you know Wright had the right people around him, so hopefully the flick gels.

Here's the trailer. Enjoy!

 

 

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  • March 31, 2011, 3:42 a.m. CST

    WTF

    by captzeep

    A pro-religion, anti-left wing government story- how the heck did this every get made? They even snuck the cross of Saint James in there- talk about subversive.

  • March 31, 2011, 3:49 a.m. CST

    Who produced this? The Vatican?

    by Bruce_the_Shark

    Seriously, this film should be watched back to back with Alejandro Amenabar's "Agora" -- it would make a great double feature. Damn hypocrites. Remember the Inquisition! Remember the Cathars!

  • March 31, 2011, 4:19 a.m. CST

    the blank shell casing closeup - lol

    by neosporing

    gotta love the closeup of the crimped blank shell casing ejecting in slo mo

  • March 31, 2011, 4:53 a.m. CST

    No love for Ruben Blades, Quint?

    by filmcoyote

    A sad omission in your honour role of front-of-camera talent - especially when it includes the talentless Eva Longoria.

  • March 31, 2011, 5:32 a.m. CST

    Did I just see a fake round eject in slo-mo?

    by Player01

    This director knows his guns! NOT! This looks dumb already.

  • March 31, 2011, 5:34 a.m. CST

    Andy Garcia can't act

    by BigDan

  • March 31, 2011, 6:25 a.m. CST

    Um...isn't Peter O'Toole worm food?

    by Cinemajerk

    Didn't the dude die awhile ago?

  • March 31, 2011, 6:28 a.m. CST

    8MillionWaysToDie does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    Hey Garcia! I still want my money back from 8 MILLION WAYS TO DIE! That film was false advertising. It didn't even include red hot poker up the ass. Nor sexual auto-asphyxiation in a Bangkok hotel. David Carradine would not be happy to see that one omitted. So fuck you Garcia. I'm starting the 8 million list today. Then i'm going to bring it over to your house and pick one at random. Then i'going to keeeel you with it!

  • March 31, 2011, 6:32 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    ps. Garcia i'm not going to see your stupid re-writing history propaganda movie - but I do want to know one thing. Does Peter O'Toole die in it? I think I speak for everyone when I say that we don't want to see a nice, gentle old duffer like O'Toole getting killed. ALRIGHT GARCIA? You fucking hear me? If O'Toole dies you're next. ps. actually you're next anyway for reasons previously stated. Either way you're fucked.

  • March 31, 2011, 7:04 a.m. CST

    Who Did You Owe a favor to Quint?

    by A-COD

    I love you brother, but this isn't cool news. See you at the straight to HBO premiere.

  • March 31, 2011, 7:08 a.m. CST

    I love it when people blame crappy movies...

    by kells

    ...for their own moronic choices to spend money on them. The majority of the American movie viewing public would be a lot wealthier if only things worked that way.

  • March 31, 2011, 8:48 a.m. CST

    Should have been Bardem

    by Marat

    I for one loved Goya's Ghosts. I know little about this film or the history behind this one in particular, but watching Goya's Ghosts would help you out with the concept of people fighting the left wing/secular authorities. I know it's Spain, but are you really going to pass up a film with Bardem and Portman? The scene where they create a print-plate makes watching the flawed piece worth it. But really, we need a French Revolution movie that demonizes the royalty for once, not whatever this is...is there even interest in this era? People want Napoleonic Wars, Romans, and so on. Hell, I'm still waiting for a good film with Celts and DRUIDS.

  • March 31, 2011, 9:29 a.m. CST

    Dammit, DO IT RIGHT!

    by BeanGrud

    Spanish with english subs!

  • March 31, 2011, 10:15 a.m. CST

    Hello fellow Geeks

    by VFXpert

    As a longtime AICN reader and someone who works in the industry, I've always loved reading the reactions from everyone here - which range from honest excitement for movies to incredibly witty flame attacks. Now it's my turn to be on the other side of it and take the hits. I'll respond to as many questions as I can (I'm sitting in a recording studio in Mexico City right now doing ADR - having actors re-do some lines for technical reasons - due to unwanted background noises that can't be filtered out - for example). I know this isn't the normal AICN type of film, it's not set in Gotham City nor are there any superheroes in costume, but it's something much more than captzeep or bruce_the_shark think it is - although I can understand the initial reaction. The film is actually a very realistic and honest representation of a very little known war that took place from 1926-1929 all across the country less than 10 years after the Mexican Revolution. Andy Garcia's character (Gen Gorostieta) wasn't exactly an atheist, but he had huge issues with the church. His involvement with the Cristeros was more mercenary than ideologue. He fought for freedom - freedom for everyone - for the right to speak out, to criticize your leaders, or believe in any faith (or none) you want. Sound like something that's happening now across the middle east? Ruben Blades plays President Calles, who was trying to move his country into the 20th century and rid Mexican from the foreign rule it had endured since before it became a nation (Spain, etc.). His actions, enacting a series of stringent rules (deporting foreign priests, jail sentences for anyone critical of his gov't, etc.) was very provocative and the Vatican's response and people's reaction led to mass protest marches and boycotts across the country. As these things can go - violence ensued (see Libya) - on both sides - and both the Federales and the Cristeros fought in a brutal civil war - brother against brother in some cases. The American involvement (and I kid you not) was initially driven by our (USA's) desire not to lose our oil concessions (Calles was rescinding them), and it got messy too. The film follows real people who got caught up in it all - from all sides - all of whom made mistakes and whose motives weren't always altruistic - but it all really happened and this is their story. Now to some comments: Ironically - being a VFX guy for so long, there's very little CG in this film and specifically the slow motion shots are all practical, photographed with a very high speed camera - called the Phantom - which is a digital camera capable of recording at up to 600 fps (which is VERY VERY fast - which translates to VERY VERY slow motion). So if you think I've created a CG bullet casing in any of these shots - you'd be guessing wrong! In fact, the battles are 98% all practical - real guys on real horses firing rifles with real explosions causing them to really fly off their saddles. As we've proven with many films - from Lord of the Rings onward - you DON'T need stars to sell a movie - you need a great story, compelling performances, emotional connection to the characters - pack that up with incredible production values, stunning scenery and beautiful visuals - that's what audiences are yearning for. BTW - I think this is Andy's finest work ever, and the rest of the cast is amazing. Their pedigree speaks for itself. So - feel free to ask questions about this film or any others I've done and I'll do my best to answer your questions. Or if you prefer, feel free to flame me - I can take it - I've been yelled at by Jim Cameron and survived - so don't worry about me!! Check out our website if you want: www.cristiadafilm.com Dean

  • March 31, 2011, 10:15 a.m. CST

    Jesus Christo, Mexican teabaggers??

    by FlickaPoo

    By the end it kinda won me over.

  • March 31, 2011, 10:36 a.m. CST

    Hope its good

    by LesterDelRay

    Like Garcia as an actor, but "Lost City" was the worst vanity project I've ever suffered through.

  • March 31, 2011, 10:39 a.m. CST

    Cool, Dean...

    by FlickaPoo

    I was skeptical at first, but that trailer and your post are intriguing...and Andy Garcia gets a lifetime Agent Stone pass from me. Balls points for showing up in talkback. You, Sir, are an actual ninja.

  • March 31, 2011, 11:23 a.m. CST

    The late great Peter O'Toole...waitaminute....

    by Mickster_Island

    Btu seriously, this guy has been old for like, 40 years.

  • March 31, 2011, 12:13 p.m. CST

    I like what I see.

    by luke_lymon

  • March 31, 2011, 12:15 p.m. CST

    Religious Garbage

    by D o o d

    straight to the Hallmark channel with you!

  • March 31, 2011, 12:22 p.m. CST

    Peter O'Toole Ain't Dead

    by Jack Desmondi

    He just looks that way

  • March 31, 2011, 12:40 p.m. CST

    The Period War

    by NightArrows

    I remember it well. What a bloody awful time to be alive. Nothing could stem the crimson tides of pain and suffering. Maxi-mum damage done to land and man.

  • March 31, 2011, 12:41 p.m. CST

    Dean does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    Question: does Peter O'Toole die in it? (if answers yes you better phone Garcia and tell him to get in his panic room quick).

  • March 31, 2011, 12:44 p.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    I'll accept a lot of shit... Baby rape in SERBIAN FILM... Midichlorians in STAR WARS.. But I will not accept O'Toole getting offed. That's something no one wants to see on screen.

  • March 31, 2011, 12:55 p.m. CST

    Real Men Don't need Imaginary Friends

    by DangerDave

    Fuck this movie. It was a nice thing that the Mexican Government gave you all the chance to meet your god sooner than later. You should thank them in the afterlife....... ......oh wait, there is none. So.....ummm kaybye.

  • March 31, 2011, 12:56 p.m. CST

    I am a fan of baby rape!

    by DangerDave

    Midichlorians? Fuck you Lucas.

  • March 31, 2011, 1:03 p.m. CST

    Wow alot of anti Christian angst around here!

    by killianx

    "...I'll be laughing head off when you're burning in hell!"

  • March 31, 2011, 1:34 p.m. CST

    Slow Motion and Shaky Cam. Oh boy!

    by SnootyBoots

    Didn't even watch the whole thing.

  • March 31, 2011, 1:56 p.m. CST

    Vaqueros and mausers!

    by brodaniels

    I am in, friendo.

  • March 31, 2011, 2:04 p.m. CST

    Catholics reaped what they sowed.

    by dailysportspages

    They wanted to keep Feudalism alive in Mexico, the new government was not having that.

  • March 31, 2011, 2:25 p.m. CST

    Well we haven't seen THIS before

    by cymbalta4thedevil

    I'm not fluent in the history of Mexican cinema but I think I can safely say this is the first time American filmmakers have made a movie about this particular story. If I'm wrong, feel free to correct me. We should be encouraging the film on that level if nothing else. And if they can attract the Christian and Hispanic audiences, they won't exactly need pasty white Geek atheists to drive the box office will they?

  • March 31, 2011, 2:33 p.m. CST

    Cymbalta

    by DangerDave

    Yep....I cen see it now. Church groups making a pilgrimage to the theater to boost the ticket sales so they can say.. "see people care about stories about faith". The church about 3 blocks from my house does a "family movie night" and they show "The Passion of the Christ". I have to fight the urge not to protest. But you know what? I really should care less. They are the ones wasting their lives, poisoning their kids and make the world a better place because as long as they are in church groveling...they interact with us regular people less.

  • March 31, 2011, 2:46 p.m. CST

    dangerdave

    by cymbalta4thedevil

    Well, if I wasn't already running late for work I'd be happy to discuss how NOT being a religious person has made you the happiest, friendliest, most positive person in this talkback, but since I am, maybe someone else can discuss that with you.

  • March 31, 2011, 2:52 p.m. CST

    someone else

    by DangerDave

    My venom against the religious has nothing to do with my friendly positive being. Lies are lies.

  • March 31, 2011, 2:54 p.m. CST

    Hi Dean

    by kwisatzhaderach

    Cool of you to show up in the talkback. Trailer looks great, nice to see a vfx designer tackling a film that isn't a comic book or low-budget sci-fi movie. Big fan of historical dramas so i'll be checking this out, sounds like you have a great cast and crew onboard and kudos for managing to land O'Toole, bet you heard some great stories on-set. Will follow the films progress with interest, good luck!

  • March 31, 2011, 4:24 p.m. CST

    Rubén Blades

    by Felix

    Rubén Blades is the effin MAN. Every actor Quint names up top doesn't hold a candle to the talent of the mighty Blades. Remember him in the El Chupacabra episode of X-Files? Also, Andy Garcia looks like Leon Redbone in this movie. Also, Peter O'Toole's mouth looks like a tired vagina.

  • March 31, 2011, 4:31 p.m. CST

    Hall of Losers here

    by BackoffmanImaScientist

    Seriously, do you dorks (and I'm talking to the ignoramuses who've responded here) always have to have spandex chicks, CG monsters roaring, wire fu and dialogue that passes as 'hip' in your trailers to garner a 'YES!!! CAN'T WAIT TO SEE IT!!! DROOOL!!! NOW, PLEASE!!!' in your comments? Oh, wait, SUCKER PUNCH is tanking though, so hmmm... yeah. Get out of mom's basement for something other than feeding your sad asses. Grow up. Every movie doesn't have to play to your continually weakening influence on the studios. You morons probably haven't even been to a theater in years anyway. Unless FASTER AND MORE FURIOUSER is playing, of course. And then the director himself may have had the courage and audacity to chime in on this forum and you guys just... eh. That's just shameful. I wonder if there are any actual movie lovers left who read this site.

  • March 31, 2011, 5:46 p.m. CST

    Are any of those actors even Mexican?

    by dailysportspages

    Use actors who arent Mexican, fine... but if you are going to make a historical epic about a country that neighbors are own and who also has a rich acting and film tradition, why not cast more than one person from that country? And how bout hiring a good dialect coach so these Cubans and South Americans sound remotely Mexican? The stars are Cuban, Panamanian, Guatemalan, Colombian, Venezuelan, Cuban American, Canadian, American, and Irish. The closest thing we have to Mexican is Eva Longoria who is Mexican American and probably considers herself more of a "Texan" than either Mexican or American. There is no Mexicans in this movie about Mexico other than extras.

  • March 31, 2011, 5:51 p.m. CST

    You idiotic liberal fucks

    by goatherdingclownhunter

    If they made a movie about a lesbian Muslim terrorist (played in a condescendingly portrayed fashion by Julianne Moore or Annette Benning) who sailed on the Titanic with a crew of blue environmentalist aliens, seduced a minor, and was ultimately martyred by a moustache-twirling Christian cleric, you guys would all stand up and shit yourselves cheering and weeping. If one movie about Catholicism that ISN'T utterly negative gets made, you bitch and complain. Screw you all.

  • March 31, 2011, 6:04 p.m. CST

    Nice production values, Dean!

    by Daniel

    Hello Dean... Nice of you to drop by the talkback... Don't be discouraged by the tone here, you know how it is... Not every movie has to have explosions and space marines, but some people seem to think so... I liked the trailer, and I was unaware that this thing actually happened in Mexico... The only possible critique I have is that the trailer is perhaps too jumpy-cutty? (is that even a word? guess not)... The production values seem so strong, that I just wish I could see more... Now, some questions: Was it difficult to film in Mexico? We all hear there's tons of trouble over there with the kidnappings and what have you... Did you guys have special protection for your talent or something? Now, the production values are impressive for a first time director... Who was the DP? I find the costumes are specially good looking, may I ask who was your designer? Also, the production design looks fabulous... Did you just rely on great locations, or did you build everything?... Anyway, good luck with the film, it looks beautiful... Cheers!.

  • Seems like it. Tons of them here, tons of them on IMDB. I mean, it's cool if you don't believe in God or attach yourself to a religion, but it fascinates me as to why so many of you seem to want to make it your msision in life to attack and destroy religion and people of faith. And I'm talking about normal religious people, not the minority of extremists out there. Some of you people aren't just anti-religious. You're also clearly disturbed with some of the things you say.

  • Like you said, they're feeding Hollywood's desire to make more and more mindless CGI garbage. Good story-telling and good acting have almost gone completely by the wayside because Hollywood is only interested in making movies that make money, and sadly what makes the most money these days are heartless garbage movies that serve only to satisfy some sort of pre-pubescent primal urge to see shit blow up and girls wearing tight-fitting clothes. By the way, I love your Dr. Venkman username.

  • March 31, 2011, 8:59 p.m. CST

    Bruce Willis wasn't alive ..Vader is the father..

    by nolan bautista

    Peter O'Toole gets executed

  • March 31, 2011, 9:27 p.m. CST

    this looks awesome

    by jsfithaca

    and this isnt a right wing, christian movie standing up to leftists. this is people standing up for freedom against tyrannical rule.

  • March 31, 2011, 11 p.m. CST

    by dukeroberts

    This movie appears to be more about freedom than any specific freedom, per se. For that, it looks intriguing. It's a pretty good looking picture. And the level of anti-religious rhetoric, especially anti-Christian rhetoric, on this site has always been alarming. It is not surprising to see it going on during this talkback.

  • March 31, 2011, 11:11 p.m. CST

    by Adolfo E

    Totally true my friend!

  • March 31, 2011, 11:16 p.m. CST

    Piece of crap movie

    by Adolfo E

    Maybe if Quint and the other people who defend this turd knew a bit 'bout mexican history they would know that the church always wanted power and riches, that's why Calles (the president Ruben Blades is playing in the movie) moved against them. Juarez in the 1860's did it too! So c'mon people, before "defending" the right for people to believe in something, catch up a bit on history

  • March 31, 2011, 11:48 p.m. CST

    Ah, yes, study history . . .

    by ibookworm

    Funny thing. I majored in history. When I as going to college, the history teachers liked to criticize the church . . . EXCEPT in the area of history in which they were proficient. So, for instance, our medieval history teacher criticized the ancient church, but talked about how the church was a civilizing force in the middle ages, and don't we dare talk about "dark ages," and we better not even say the word "crusades" until we can stop thinking about them in modern expansionistic and imperialistic terms. Our Greek and Roman history teacher criticized the medieval church but talked about the civilizing effect of this strange Jewish cult of Christianity on a decadent and crumbling Roman empire. Our Tudor and Stuart Britain teacher talked a lot of weird stuff about the superstitious medieval Church but when we studied the church vs. Henry VIII, she was all for the Church. History tends to vindicate the church when you go beyond history-channel-history or sound bites. But a general anti-Church bias remains even among historians, who just assume that the Church was bad in any time period except the one they specialize in. Funny. Nice to see a movie coming that might reflect some of the actual complexity of real history.

  • April 1, 2011, 12:15 a.m. CST

    Seems to be based on this guy:

    by ibookworm

    http://www.latinamericanstudies.org/mexico/gorostieta.htm Pretty interesting story, and I can see why they thought it would make good movie material.

  • April 1, 2011, 12:21 a.m. CST

    Sigh...

    by SA_Rhyno

    I'll never understand the need for people to hack at and tear up other people's work. Selling at the concession stand is about as close to the entertainment industry as most of you morons will ever get. I know you are pissed that you are still stuck at the french fry station and that your mom caught you swiping her smokes again, but don't loose your composure here. If you have a valid critique and can present it logically and will a fair degree of intelligence, have at it... otherwise, no one cares. The preview showed high production value and the cast looks solid.

  • April 1, 2011, 10:24 a.m. CST

    goatherdingclownhunter

    by DangerDave

    FOX News called they are running a special report on the liberal nature of Hollywood. It's called "NEOCONs will believe whatever we tell them" Here is a conservative movie you should see... A white, conservative, SUV driving, Baptist Amerikuhhhn, goes to Washington and lights cigars using the constitution and clubs a baby seal while engaging in missionary position sex with his wife for the purpose of procreation. SOLID FUCKING GOLD RIGHT HERE.

  • April 1, 2011, 10:31 a.m. CST

    ibookworm -can I buy an indulgence or 2?

    by artdude102

    ibookworm- what is your take on the modern church and their crimes of both child molestation and culpability in covering it up? How do you think history will treat the church in this modern context?

  • April 1, 2011, 12:42 p.m. CST

    Sorry I went off line yesterday without

    by VFXpert

    giving any feedback to some reactions and questions after my post. I had to jump on a plane back to LA for meetings today with VFX and some more ADR. I promise to squeeze in some time in between all of this today to respond and maybe take a few more questions. Thanks for your patience! Dean

  • April 1, 2011, 7:25 p.m. CST

    artdude, if you're still out there, read this:

    by CountryBoy

    WASHINGTON, DC, April 1, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – In the last several weeks such a quantity of ink has been spilled in newspapers across the globe about the priestly sex abuse scandals, that a casual reader might be forgiven for thinking that Catholic priests are the worst and most common perpetrators of child sex abuse. But according to Charol Shakeshaft, the researcher of a little-remembered 2004 study prepared for the U.S. Department of Education, "the physical sexual abuse of students in schools is likely more than 100 times the abuse by priests." According to the 2004 study “the most accurate data available at this time” indicates that “nearly 9.6 percent of students are targets of educator sexual misconduct sometime during their school career.” “Educator sexual misconduct is woefully under-studied,” writes the researcher. “We have scant data on incidence and even less on descriptions of predators and targets. There are many questions that call for answers.” In an article published on Monday, renowned Catholic commentator George Weigel referred to the Shakeshaft study, and observed that “The sexual and physical abuse of children and young people is a global plague” in which Catholic priests constitute only a small minority of perpetrators. While Weigel observes that the findings of Shakeshaft’s study do nothing to mitigate the harm caused by priestly abuse, or excuse the “clericalism” and “fideism” that led bishops to ignore the problem, they do point to a gross imbalance in the level of scrutiny given to it, throwing suspicion on the motives of the news outlets that are pouring their resources into digging up decades-old dirt on the Church. “The narrative that has been constructed is often less about the protection of the young (for whom the Catholic Church is, by empirical measure, the safest environment for young people in America today) than it is about taking the Church down," he writes. Weigel observes that priestly sex abuse is “a phenomenon that spiked between the mid-1960s and the mid-1980s but seems to have virtually disappeared,” and that in recent years the Church has gone to great lengths to punish and remove priestly predators and to protect children. The result of these measures is that “six credible cases of clerical sexual abuse in 2009 were reported in the U.S. bishops’ annual audit, in a Church of some 65,000,000 members.” Despite these facts, however, “the sexual abuse story in the global media is almost entirely a Catholic story, in which the Catholic Church is portrayed as the epicenter of the sexual abuse of the young.” Outside of the Church, Shakeshaft is not alone in highlighting the largely unaddressed, and unpublicized problem of child sex abuse in schools. Sherryll Kraizer, executive director of the Denver-based Safe Child Program, told the Colorado Gazette in 2008 that school employees commonly ignore laws meant to prevent the sexual abuse of children. “I see it regularly,” Kraizer said. “There are laws against failing to report, but the law is almost never enforced. Almost never.” “What typically happens is you’ll have a teacher who’s spending a little too much time in a room with one child with the door shut,” Kraizer explained. “Another teacher sees it and reports it to the principal. The principal calls the suspected teacher in and says ‘Don’t do that,’ instead of contacting child protective services.” “Before you know it, the teacher is driving the student home. A whole series of events will unfold, known to other teachers and the principal, and nobody contacts child services before it’s out of control. You see this documented in records after it eventually ends up in court.” In an editorial last week, The Gazette revisited the testimony of Kraizer in the context of the Church abuse scandal coverage, concluding that “the much larger crisis remains in our public schools today, where children are raped and groped every day in the United States.” “The media and others must maintain their watchful eye on the Catholic Church and other religious institutions,” wrote The Gazette, “But it’s no less tragic when a child gets abused at school.” In 2004, shortly after the Shakeshaft study was released, Catholic League President William Donohue, who was unavailable for an interview for this story, asked, “Where is the media in all this?” “Isn’t it news that the number of public school students who have been abused by a school employee is more than 100 times greater than the number of minors who have been abused by priests?” he asked. “All those reporters, columnists, talking heads, attorneys general, D.A.‘s, psychologists and victims groups who were so quick on the draw to get priests have a moral obligation to pursue this issue to the max. If they don’t, they’re a fraud.”