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The House of the Spirits (1993)

R | | Drama, Romance | 1 April 1994 (USA)
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A rancher, his clairvoyant wife and their family face turbulent years in South America in this adaptation of Isabel Allende's best-seller.

Director:

Bille August

Writers:

Isabel Allende (novel), Bille August
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Maria Conchita Alonso ... Tránsito
António Assunção António Assunção ... Man at Cattlemarket (as António Assumpção)
Julie Balloo Julie Balloo ... Young Lady
Frank Baker Frank Baker ... Intelligence Officer
Antonio Banderas ... Pedro
João Cabral João Cabral ... Soldier
Carlos César Carlos César ... Ambassador's Driver
Sarita Choudhury ... Pancha
Rogério Claro Rogério Claro ... Man in Club
Edith Clement Edith Clement ... Midwife
Glenn Close ... Ferula
Miriam Colon ... Nana
Oscar A. Colon Oscar A. Colon ... Sheriff
Franco Diogent Franco Diogent ... Man at the Party (as Franco Diogene)
Pedro Efe Pedro Efe ... Interrogation Officer
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Storyline

Chile, second half of the 20th century. The poor Esteban marries Clara and they get a daughter, Blanca. Esteban works hard and eventually gets money to buy a hacienda, eventually to become a local patriarch. He becomes very conservative and is feared by his workers. When Blanca grows up, she falls in love with a young revolutionary, Pedro, who urges the workers to fight for socialism. It is unavoidable that Pedro and Esteban are pitted against each other. Esteban tries to stop the love affair between Pedro and his daughter by all means possible but soon Blanca becomes pregnant and has a daughter. The void between father and daughter seems unbridgeable when Blanca moves in with Pedro. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexuality, and for violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

Portugal | Germany | Denmark | USA | France

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

1 April 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La casa de los espíritus See more »

Filming Locations:

Cabo Espichel, Portugal See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,719,085, 3 April 1994

Gross USA:

$6,265,311

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,265,311
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film cast includes three Oscar winners: Jeremy Irons, Meryl Streep, Vanessa Redgrave; and three Oscar nominees: Glenn Close, Winona Ryder, Armin Mueller-Stahl. See more »

Goofs

There is a sequence that occurs at Christmas. There is snow on the ground and the characters are dressed for winter. Winter occurs from June to August (approximately) in the countries south from the Equator, like Chile. (Much of the movie was filmed in Denmark.) See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Esteban Trueba: It's good to be back.
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Alternate Versions

In France, the opening sequence of the movie is really different than in other countries. The movie is approx. 10 minutes shorter that the other versions See more »

Connections

Referenced in Isabel Allende: An Extraordinary Life (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Chant Funéraire, op. 117
(uncredited)
Composed by Gabriel Fauré
Performed by La Musique des gardiens de la paix
Published by Durand S.A. Editions Musicales
Courtesy of Arpège S.a.r.l.
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The greatest representation of life in Chile at that time!
24 July 2004 | by dreamsound2See all my reviews

This is the story Esteban, a man who gain land and fortune through hard work. He only wishes for a loving family that have what he did not when he was a child. His conservative ways adds to that struggle and creates conflict with his family. This conflict grows when one of his low-class workers falls in love with his daughter. The military coup of 1973 to bring communism down in Chile is shown.

This film represents what it is to live in Chile. I have never seen any film that tells the culture and the people of the southern South-America better. Most people makes the mistake to think that people in Chile and Argentina are not white. The whole cast represents EXACTLY what chileans look like and the difference between the higher and lower class. You can learn a lot from this film.

This movie is 110% recommended. It may have some differences with the book but it is respectful to it. Excellent camera and direction work at a spectacular location.


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