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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:
Fresh, original horror film See more (70 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)
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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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The role of Jesus Gris was originally written for Max von Sydow.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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PelanchaSee more »

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37 out of 42 people found the following review useful.
Fresh, original horror film, 21 December 1999

I can't think of many 90's films that will be remembered as classics of the horror genre, this film is an exception.

When you think of Mexican horror, you no doubt think of the El Santo Vs. the Aztec Mummy type films made in the 60s, don't get me wrong, I like them too. In interviews, director Guillermo Del Toro has said that his influences come more from American and British horror (such as the classic Universal and Hammer horror films) than from Mexico's horror tradition. Still, the film does have a distinctly Mexican sensibility, especially with it's abundance of Catholic imagery.

First time director Del Toro, cinematographer Guillermo Navarro (who would go on to do great work for Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino, among oth ers), and production designer Tolita Figuero create a very unique, interesting look for the film.

All of the actors are great, especially veteran Argentinian actor Federico Luppi, who plays the main character Jesus Gris, and Luis Bunuel's favorite Mexican actor Claudio Brook, who plays Dieter De La Guardia. What really makes the film for me is it's quirky sense of humor and odd characterizations, I found scenes toward the middle of the film to be hilarious. The effective, subtle, score by Javier Alvarez also adds to the mood of the film.

The film also manages to be a very different kind of vampire story than usual, It makes me think a little bit of the "Wurdulak" segment of the great Mario Bava's film Black Sabbath. Vampire films of late have become very tiresome, it's nice to see someone take a different approach.

I think Guillermo Del Toro is a talent to watch for.

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