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Cria Cuervos -- Disturbed, eight-year-old Ana, living in Madrid with her two sisters, mourns the death of her mother, whom she conjures as a ghost.


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Release Date:
18 May 1977 (USA) See more »
In Madrid, the orphan sisters Irene, Ana and Maite are raised by their austere aunt Paulina together... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Geraldine Chaplin ... María / Ana
Mónica Randall ... Paulina - The Aunt
Florinda Chico ... Rosa

Ana Torrent ... Ana
Héctor Alterio ... Anselmo
Germán Cobos ... Nicolás Garontes
Mirta Miller ... Amelia Garontes
Josefina Díaz ... Abuela - The Grandmother
Conchita Pérez ... Irene
Mayte Sanchez ... Maite (as Maite Sánchez)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Juan Sánchez Almendros

Directed by
Carlos Saura 
Writing credits
Carlos Saura (story and screenplay)

Produced by
Pedro El Samu .... assistant producer
Elías Querejeta .... producer
Original Music by
Federico Mompou 
José Luis Perales 
Cinematography by
Teo Escamilla 
Film Editing by
Pablo G. del Amo  (as Pablo G. Del Amo)
Production Design by
Rafael Palmero 
Costume Design by
Maiki Marín 
Makeup Department
Tomasa Benito .... assistant makeup artist
Concepción Cano .... hair stylist (as Conchita Cano)
Romana González .... makeup artist
Production Management
Gregorio Hebrero .... production supervisor
Fernando Hermoso .... unit manager
Primitivo Álvaro .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Roberto Parra .... third assistant director
Pedro Pérez .... second assistant director
Francisco J. Querejeta .... first assistant director
Art Department
M. Del Marin Carmin .... set designer
Jesús Mateos .... furniture maker (as J. Mateos)
Jesús Mateos .... props (as J. Mateos)
Sound Department
Antonio Illán .... sound re-recordist (as Antonío Illán)
Bernardo Menz .... sound (as Bernardo Mens)
Miguel Ángel Polo .... boom operator (as Miguel Polo)
Miguel Ángel Polo .... sound (as Miguel Polo)
Camera and Electrical Department
José M. de Nicolás .... assistant camera (as José MaNicolás)
Javier A. López Martinez .... still photographer
Domingo Solano .... second camera operator
Santiago Zuazo .... assistant camera
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Angelines Castro .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
David Raposo .... assistant editor
Juan Ignacio San Mateo .... assistant editor (as Juan San Mateo)
Other crew
Pedro Esteban .... production assistant (as Pedro Esteban Samu)
M. Grange .... french adaptation: original version with subtitles
Gregorio Hebrero .... production assistant
Paco Lucio .... script supervisor (as Francisco J. Lucio)
Roberto Parra .... production assistant
Jean-Pierre Vincent .... press attache: France

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Cría cuervos" - Spain (original title)
"Raise Ravens" - International (English title) (informal literal English title), UK (literal English title)
"Cria!" - USA
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Germany:110 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
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The title in Spanish stems from the phrase "Raise ravens and they'll pluck out your eyes". The equivalent phrase in English would be "you reap what you sow".See more »
Maite:My mother died before I was born.See more »
Movie Connections:
¡Ay, Maricruz!See more »


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15 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Morbid Recollections of a Dark Childhood, 18 July 2008
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

In Madrid, the orphan sisters Irene (Conchota Pérez), Ana (Ana Torrent) and Maite (Maite Sánchez) are raised by their austere aunt Paulina (Mônica Randall) together with their mute and crippled grandmother after the death of their mother (Geraldine Chaplin) and their military father Anselmo (Héctor Alterio). Ana is a melancholic girl, fascinated by death, after seeing her mother having a painful death and her father dead in bed.

"Cria Cuervos" is a beautiful and sad movie of Carlos Saura that can be watched in two levels: in the first plane, it is a film that recalls the style of the family dramas of Ingmar Bergman. However, in a deeper level, the story is actually a metaphor of the recent Spanish political history, and each character represents a segment of their society: Ana's father represents the military dictatorship of Franco; her dying mother, the republic; her grandmother, those who miss the republic; Ana is probably the youth with a sad childhood surrounded by deaths. The conclusion is a message of hope for the people. I believe that those familiarized with the Spanish history would find many other elements, but in both levels this movie is wonderful. The title is a reference to the Spanish proverb "Cría cuervos y te sacaran los ojos" which means "Raise the ravens, and they will remove your eyes". Ana Torrent shows her amazing talent in the beginning of her successful career. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Cría Cuervos…" ("Raise Ravens…")

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