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Cronos (1993)

R | | Horror | May 1994 (USA)
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A mysterious device designed to provide its owner with eternal life resurfaces after four hundred years, leaving a trail of destruction in its path.

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Jesus Gris
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Angel de la Guardia
Claudio Brook ...
De la Guardia
Margarita Isabel ...
Mercedes
Tamara Shanath ...
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Tito
Mario Iván Martínez ...
Alchemist
Farnesio de Bernal ...
Manuelito
Juan Carlos Colombo ...
Funeral Director
Jorge Martínez de Hoyos ...
Narrator (voice)
Luis Rodríguez ...
Buyer
Javier Álvarez ...
Bleeding Man
Gerardo Moscoso ...
Drunk
Eugenio Lobo ...
Stoned Man
Adriana Olivera ...
Tango Student
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Storyline

In 1536, in Veracruz, Mexico, during the Inquisition, an alchemist builds a mysterious and sophisticated device named Cronos to provide eternal life to the owner. In the present days, the antiques dealer Jesus Gris finds Cronos hidden inside an ancient statue while cleaning it with his granddaughter Aurora. He accidentally triggers the device and soon his wife Mercedes and he note that he has a younger appearance. Out of the blue, the stranger Angel de la Guardia visits Gris's shop and buys the old statue. On the next day, Gris finds his shop trashed and Angel's card on the floor. He pays a visit to Angel that introduces him to the eccentric millionaire De la Guardia that explains the healing power and the eternal life given by Cronos. Angel is sent by De la Guardia to hunt down Gris to get Cronos no matter the costs. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Rated R for horror violence and for language | See all certifications »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)

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$621,392 (USA)
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This takes place in 1536, 1937, December 1996, and January 1997. Most of it therefore takes place "in the future" as it was made in 1993. See more »

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When Jesús searches for Aurora after she has taken the Cronos, as he walks through two doors, he stops. Behind him, reflected in the glass of the door, is crew and equipment. See more »

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Narrator: [over the opening sequence] In 1536, fleeing from the Inquisition, the alchemist Uberto Fulcanelli disembarked in Veracruz, Mexico. Appointed official watchmaker to the Viceroy, Fulcanelli was determined to perfect an invention which would provide him with the key to eternal life. He was to name it... the Cronos device. 400 years later, one night in 1937, part of the vault in a building collapsed. Among the victims was a man of strange skin, the color of marble in moonlight. His chest mortally ...
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Dedicated to the memory of Josefina Camberos See more »

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Referenced in Schindler's List (1993) See more »

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Pelancha
Letra: G. del Toro, A. Springall y J. Alvarez
Musica: Javier Alvarez
(C) 1992 Producciones Iguana S.A. DE CN.
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a simply beautiful movie
15 May 2006 | by (France) – See all my reviews

Cronos is the first Guillermo Del Toro movie, and it is a great achievement. There's not much to say : it is a beautiful movie, a classical, beautiful and simple movie. There's some fantastic in it, but that's not all : the greatness of this movie is based on the characters : Ron Perlman and the man at the morgue are specially brilliant. It is dark, full of suspense, tensed, and extremely funny in the same time. With low budget and simple frames, Del Toro has managed to picture the true essence of cinema : a good story, good characters, and lots of blood, humor and cruelty. What else could we add ? Just watch this. This movie has been badly underrated. It is intelligent and honest. Far superior to lots of over intellectual or too much precious horror movies with over beautiful aesthetics. CRONOS is simply brilliant. Long life to Guillermo Del Toro !


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