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Cronos -- Kindly antiques dealer Jesús Gris 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 named Angel.

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Director:
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:
21 wins & 3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
An interesting, original and engaging retelling of a classic story! See more (69 total) »

Cast

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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)
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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
 
Other crew
Pablo Buelna .... location manager
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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At the very beginning of the film, a No Parking sign is seen. These signs were written in Mandarin, Spanish, English, Arabic and Russian, and were especially made for the 1968 Olympic Games. The street depicted is the Eje Central Lazaro Cardenas, one of Mexico City's main boulevards, where the Palace of Fine Arts and the Bank of Mexico are located.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:
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...See more »
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60 out of 68 people found the following review useful.
An interesting, original and engaging retelling of a classic story!, 12 January 2005
Author: The_Void from Beverley Hills, England

Guillermo Del Toro's stylish and original take on the vampire legend is one of the most strangely overlooked and underrated films of the 1990's. It's films like this that make me want to watch films - films that are fresh, unpredictable and so rich in symbolism that it has leaves lots of room for discussion. Del Toro was little more than an amateur director at the time this made, but in spite of that he's more than given the professionals a run for their money. Every scene is adeptly filmed, and the way that Del Toro makes contrasts between locations and the two central families is a pleasure to observe. The way that the film switches language from English to Spanish and back again is indicative of the fact that this is a rich tapestry of contradictions and one that makes intelligent comments on many subjects, from obvious ones such as addiction, to more concealed ones, such as a commentary on family; stemming from the way that the roles of child and parent become reversed when our hero becomes afflicted with the vampire-like curse.

For the story, Del Toro has taken the classic vampire theme and mixed it with essences of mechanics and the human lust of being able to live forever. The story follows Jesús Gris, an antique dealer that lives with his granddaughter Aurora and wife Mercedes. One day, our hero happens upon a mechanical scarab that latches itself onto his palm, causing him to bleed. Jesús slowly gets addicted to the mystical scarab, but there's someone else that wants it and will stop at nothing to get it. The mythology of the scarab is told in a great opening sequence that sets the viewer up for an intriguing and original horror story. The film retains the intrigue that it sets up in it's intro for the duration, and Del Toro ensures that his audience is always left guessing and wanting to see what comes next. The film works due to interesting characters that the audience is able to feel for, and is constantly interesting by the way that Del Toro handles the contrasts that the story presents.

On the whole, this is a fabulous horror story that takes an existing legend and makes it it's own. This is exactly the sort of film that cinema needs more of; and it's not one that film fans will want to miss. Highly recommended viewing.

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