Movie About Saint Josemaria Escriva

There Be Dragons

A new movie about Saint Josemaria Escriva’s early years placed during the Spanish Civil War has been produced and will be released in 2010 A.D. titled, There Be Dragons.

Saint Josemaria Escriva was born in 1902 A.D. in Barbastro, Spain.  Later at the age of 26 in Madrid Saint Josemaria started the apostolate that would eventually be called the Work of God, or simply Opus Dei, in pre-Civil War Spain in October of 1928 A.D.  Opus Dei would experience delays in progress with the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War in 1936 A.D.  This is the period that the setting of the movie is placed in.

The movie mixes jealousy, hate, love and redemption.  Featuring Saint Josemaria and his friend Manolo whose paths diverge when the Civil War breaks out in Spain.  Throw in a love interest for Manolo and the saints pursuit of faith and you have for an interesting amalgamation for a movie plot.

The film was directed by Roland Joffe, previously directed The Mission with Robert DeNiro which was nominated for seven secular academy awards.  The cast includes, Charlie Cox (Stardust, Casanova) as Saint Josemaria, Wes Bentley (American Beauty, Ghost Rider) as Manolo, and Olga Kurylenko (Quantum of Solace, Max Payne) as Manolo’s love interest.

I haven’t seen any trailers, which none have been released yet, and I’ve only read the synopsis of the movie.  But with the information I have I look forward to watching the film.  Mainly because Saint Josemaria is one of my favorite saints and the Spanish Civil War is also of great interest and personal fascination.


To learn more about Saint Josemaria Escriva click here.

To learn more about Opus Dei click here.

To learn more about the movie, There Be Dragons, click here.

To read a highly recommended book based on the early years of Opus Dei during the Spanish Civil War titled “Uncommon Faith” by John F. Coverdale, click here.

To read an excellent synopsis of the movie, There Be Dragons, by the Catholic News Agency, click here.

To read The American Catholic’s “50 Best Catholic Films of All Time” by Christopher Blosser, click here.

To read the Wikipedia entry for Roland Joffe’s excellent film titled, The Mission, click here.

For my previous entry on The American Catholic of this film click here.

4 Responses to Movie About Saint Josemaria Escriva

  1. Alik says:

    Josemaria Escriva

    self proclaimed saint, by an opus dei pope.

    he is the guy responsible for the murder of pope Jean Paul I.

    i cant even believe this is on a religious website..
    tho im not surprised, catholic religion was infiltrated by opus dei or he same pagan opus dai.. do research ppl dont watch this.

  2. Tito Edwards says:


    You’re not familiar with the Church God established on earth.

    Once it is bound on earth, it is bound in Heaven.

  3. Alik says:

    are you a priest? im wondering if your associated with church in a way that i am not. i believe in Allah.

    i researched : Once it is bound on earth, it is bound in Heaven.

    i do not understand how that is relevant. are you referring to the church?

    The concept of “binding and loosing” is taught in Matthew 16:19 and 18:18, “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” In this verse, Jesus is speaking directly to the Apostle Peter, and indirectly to the other apostles. Jesus’ words meant that Peter would have the right to enter the kingdom himself, would have general authority therein symbolized by the possession of the keys, and preaching the gospel would be the means of opening the kingdom of heaven to all believers and shutting it against unbelievers. The book of Acts shows us this process at work. By his sermon on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:14-40), Peter opened the door of the kingdom for the first time. The expressions “bind” and “loose” were common to Jewish legal phraseology meaning to declare forbidden or to declare allowed.

    i was wondering if you could explain more about church that God established.

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