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Cronos -- Guillermo del Toro made an auspicious and audacious feature debut with Cronos, a highly unorthodox tale about the seductiveness of the idea of immortality. Kindly antiques dealer Jesús happens upon an ancient golden device in the shape of a scarab, and soon finds himself the possessor and victim of its sinister, addictive powers, as well as the target of a mysterious American (Ron Perlman).
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Writer:
Guillermo del Toro (screenplay)
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Release Date:
May 1994 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
A mysterious device designed to provide its owner with eternal life resurfaces after four hundred years, leaving a trail of destruction in its path. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
22 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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A Film That Harbours The Essence Of Horror See more (81 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Federico Luppi ... Jesus Gris

Ron Perlman ... Angel de la Guardia
Claudio Brook ... De la Guardia
Margarita Isabel ... Mercedes
Tamara Shanath ... Aurora

Daniel Giménez Cacho ... 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
Clementina Rojas ... Tango Student
Tzinia Salgado ... Tango Student
Luis de Icaza ... Tango Student
Jorge Bolada ... Tango Student
Ignacio Raiz Oviedo ... Tango Student
Napo ... Mimo (as Francisco Sánchez)
Laurencio Cordero ... Watchman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Guillermo del Toro ... Man Walking Dog (uncredited)

Directed by
Guillermo del Toro 
 
Writing credits
Guillermo del Toro (screenplay)

Produced by
Rafael Cruz .... associate producer
Arthur Gorson .... producer
Francisco Murguía .... co-producer
Bertha Navarro .... producer
Bernard L. Nussbaumer .... co-producer
Julio Solórzano Foppa .... associate producer
Alejandro Springall .... co-producer
Jorge Sánchez .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Javier Álvarez 
 
Cinematography by
Guillermo Navarro 
 
Film Editing by
Raúl Dávalos 
 
Production Design by
Tolita Figuero 
 
Art Direction by
Brigitte Broch 
 
Costume Design by
Genoveva Petitpierre 
 
Makeup Department
M. Carrajal .... makeup artist
Rigo Mora .... special makeup effects artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Batan Silva .... assistant director (as Sebastián Silva)
Joaquin Silva .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
María Figueroa .... art designer
Gilberto Avina Gomez .... art apprentice
Gilberto Aviña Gomez .... art department
Jorge Siller .... art apprentice (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
John Asman .... sound re-recording mixer
Fernando Cámara .... sound engineer
David E. Fluhr .... sound re-recording mixer
George R. Groves Jr. .... sound re-recording mixer
Eric A. Norris .... sound effects editor
Santiago Núñez .... cable person
Randal S. Thomas .... dialogue editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Laurencio Cordero .... special effects (as Laurencio 'Chovy' Cordero)
 
Visual Effects by
William Koshowany .... optical line-up
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Carlos Silva .... electrician swing
 
Editorial Department
Jennifer Dolce .... first assistant editor
Phyllis Housen .... assistant editor
Paul O'Bryan .... associate editor
Chuck Winston .... color timer
 
Location Management
Pablo Buelna .... location manager
 
Other crew
Mariana Gironella .... script supervisor
Norberto Nava .... security coordinator
 
Thanks
Pedro Armendáriz Jr. .... special thanks
Lance Bird .... special thanks
James Cameron .... special thanks
Alfonso Cuarón .... special thanks
Alex del Toro .... special thanks
Emilio Echevarría .... special thanks
Robert Littman .... special thanks
Emilio Navarro .... dedicatee
Carlos Slim .... special thanks (as Ing. Carlos Slim)
 

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Rated R for horror violence and for language
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94 min
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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 »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: 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 »
Quotes:
[to Jesus, who is about to take the blood from her fingers]
Aurora Gris:Grandfather.
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27 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
A Film That Harbours The Essence Of Horror, 27 June 2007
Author: benjamin_lappin from England

Severely underrated on this website, Cronos is an engaging tale that captivates the viewer for the entirety of its duration. Guillermo Del Toro's first ever film is a thoughtful, heart-wrenching story which above all manages to be fresh, intriguing and unique while managing to captivate the feel of horror films in the same mould as The Shining, whereby it is a film about family first, and a horror film second.

Cronos is most definitely not associated with the slasher end of the horror market and nor is it anywhere near the filthy attack on the sense provided by goreography. What Cronos manages to achieve is an attack on the mind and the soul, the essence of what a horror film must succeed in doing if it wishes to leave a lasting impression. Given this I can, to an extent, see where the mediocre rating has derived from, it's not a blood fest it doesn't provide a scare a second and nor does it have gratuitous scenes of eyes being gauged out by rusty pick axes, but as every true horror fan knows is these are merely sideshow attractions to the superior horror films like The Shining, like The Fog, and Cronos if not completely at the top, is very close indeed.

There are three things which notably stand out about this film and make it undoubtedly worth watching. The most subtle is the commentary on US-Mexico relations that Guillermo Del Toro has littered throughout his film. It provides an interesting portrayal into how he, and undoubtedly many Mexicans, feel about their encounters with the US, that they are always trying to be dominated and they must stand up on their own, to strive to succeed. The most obvious is that of the highly notable Christian references and intentional name play. Our protagonist, the antique dealer, is named Jesus for simple reincarnate issues, but there a great deal of "my God", "my Lord" and more comments of that ilk in the film, there is undoubtedly a side plot on the directors behalf of pointing out the good that still emanates from our protagonist. Jesus' granddaughter and wife are named Aurora and Mercedes respectively, and by knowing the meanings of their names which are "the dawn or first light" and "mercy" provides the films finale with a sense of completion. Lastly of note is the acting on the part of Federico Lupi and Tamara Shanath, who provide the necessary gravitas even in motion if not through vocals to convey the deep emotional tie between grandfather and granddaughter which when all else is removed is the main driving force of this story, and the one that will have you coming back for more. It's innocence is soul-wrenching, yet Aurora's ability to see what is happening with unclouded eyes, provides the cornerstone for the emotional drama to take hold.

One critic in 'The Daily Telegraph' claimed this to be as "scary as hell", and to be honest he is wrong. This film isn't scary in the 'popping out from behind the bushes with a meat cleaver' manner, this film is an attack of that which makes us, and indeed Jesus, human. It is a cerebral assault which plucks at your heart strings and confuses the soul, and for it is severely likable and very watchable while occasionally disconcerning. Cronos is human drama at its most wonderful, emotional and chilling and more importantly a wonderful debut by a director who will build in stature and promise greater things, but this is a debut with bite to it, and once it grabs hold of you, it's very difficult to get it off.

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