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The Bridge of San Luis Rey (1944)

Unrated | | Drama, Romance | 11 February 1944 (USA)
A rope bridge over a gorge in the Peruvian Andes snaps, sending five people plunging to their deaths. A priest sets out to find out more about the life of each of the victims.



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Complete credited cast:
Barton Hepburn ...
Antonio Triana ...
Dancer at Viceroy's Party


An ancient Inca rope bridge spanning a chasm in the Peruvian Andes collapses, sending five travelers to their deaths in the gorge below. A monk who was nearby, Father Juniper, decides to investigate the lives of those who died in order to see if the tragedy was a result of chance or some divine plan. Written by duke 1029@aol.com

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And they called her The Perichole! See more »


Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

11 February 1944 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El puente de San Luis Rey  »

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(Hypercube restored) | (copyright length)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The identity of several of the victims of the tragedy are changed. See more »


Don Andre - The Viceroy: I had a few uncomfortable moments thinking about the future of Peru. Do you realize that you might have had to rule?
Don Gonzalo: Heaven forbid!
Don Andre - The Viceroy: [Sarcastically] Fortunately Heaven did.
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Referenced in La périchole, la chanteuse et le dictateur (2000) See more »


The Devil Will Get You
Music by Dimitri Tiomkin
Lyrics by Frederick Herbert
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Pretty dull stuff.
4 September 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Father Juniper witnessed the death of five people who were using an ancient bridge in South America in the 18th century. It left him wondering why a loving God would allow this to happen (as well as why He'd allow a movie like "The Bridge of San Luis Rey"). So, he spends the film investigating their lives--to see if it's all some part of God's divine plan.

While the plot is unique, it's amazing how dull the film is. In fact, repeatedly I found my mind straying as I tried to watch. At first I thought maybe it was me--I was tired. But as I tried watching the next day, it just seemed interminably dull. Much of it was the plot and much of it was the insipid direction as you never really SEE anything happening. In addition, I noticed that the film, at times, looked kind of cheap--such as the poorly painted background when the film began. Easy to skip.

By the way, if you do watch, look for Stymie Beard (from "Our Gang") in a bit part as a young servant in a wig.

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