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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:
A gem lies inside Cronos. See more (72 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
 
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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Mechanical objects and special effects were carried out by Guillermo del Toro's own monster and make up FX company "Necropia" (The company no longer exists, but was functional for 15 years).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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Soundtrack:
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45 out of 52 people found the following review useful.
A gem lies inside Cronos., 21 May 2003

An antiques dealer finds a device that gives everlasting life, but with it comes a horrible price.

Cronos follows the story of a kind hearted Mexican antiques dealer Jesus (a well cast Frederico Luppi), who one day stumbles upon a huge golden mechanical bug that when applied to specific parts of his anatomy seemingly starts reversing the aging process. However lurking in the background are a demented man (played by a very haunting Claudio Brook) who realizes the potential of the mechanical bug's power and will stop at nothing to acquire it. Assisting him in his search to get the mechanism is his maniacal son Angel (Ron Perlman in one of his best performances).

Writer/Director Guillermo Del Toro proves that he could be one of the most innovative low budget mexican directors to come about since Robert Rodriguez. The scenes showing the inside of the cronos device are very sharply done and it seems you are actually looking inside the device. To compliment Guillermo on his writing, never before have I seen such an interesting spin put on the vampire/zombie genre. And in saying that I may be giving away too much of the plot.

Unfortunately due to low production cost, the movie moves along at a slow pace and without a lot of shock. It is, however, kept strong by first rate acting, especially by Jesus' little granddaughter (Tamara Shanath), who in my opinion, if given the chance, will grow up to be a very fine actress. Which is actually a great feat for all actors involved because this movie is a cross between drama and horror and requires fine acting.

All in all, this best picture winner at Cannes is a hidden horror gem that just pours out originality, and can really not be overlooked by any true horror or movie buff. The twists come aplenty and there is enough gore to suffice any horror fan. So for any person looking to rent a mindless gorefest rent C.H.U.D. But for those looking for a horror film with a little intelligence, do yourself a favour and pick up Cronos, it's well worth the rent.

Overall Rating: 7 out of 10

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