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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 »
Genre:
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:
Interesting and intriguing take on the vampire genre 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:
[to Jesus, who is about to take the blood from her fingers]
Aurora Gris:Grandfather.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Masters of Horror (2002) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
EloisaSee more »

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6 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Interesting and intriguing take on the vampire genre, 23 October 2002
Author: Troy Ros (Rastacat1@hotmail.com) from Northfield, MN

Before Guillermo del Toro came to Hollywood to make big budget thrillers such as Mimic and Blade II, he was in Mexico making movies that are truly unique and filled with tension. His directorial debut, Cronos, is a hugely original movie and take on the vampire theme. Guillermo also wrote the screenplay.

The movie opens up with a narrator telling the story of an alchemist who made a metallic, beetle like device (the Cronos) that when placed against skin, has a scorpion like stinger that stabs the person and injects a tiny amount of bloody fluid. The injections cause the alchemist to live for centuries and only dies when he is in line at a bank in Vera Cruz during an earthquake and is crushed by falling debris.

Some time later, an antique dealer, Jesus Gris (Federico Luppi), discovers the Cronos device in the base of an old statue he has acquired. After wondering what the device might be for, he inadvertently sets it off and is pricked by it's stinger. The whole process of watching this happen is fascinating, and you are never quite sure if there is some sort of living insect inside the enclosure, thanks to Guillermo's David Lynch like photography and editing of the scene.

Jesus soon discovers that he has more energy and feels more youthful than he has in ages. But unbeknownst to him, there is an evil and rich old man, Dieter de la Guardia (Claudio Brook) who has been searching for years for the device. He has tracked it down to Jesus' shop and sends his simple minded nephew, Angel de la Guardia (brilliantly portrayed by Ron Perlman), to get the statue that has stored in it, the Cronos device. When the statue turns up empty, Dieter instructs Angel to get the device at any cost.

In the meantime, Jesus has become addicted to using the device. His young granddaughter has noticed him using it and decides for his own good to hide it from him. After spending time with her he realizes that maybe the sacrifices of the device, such as his wife not feeling as youthful as him, or his greedy and manic need to possess and have control of the device, are not worth the benefits.

The story is not fast paced by any means, but the development of the characters is superb. There are also slow moving scenes with huge amounts of tension, in particular a scene where Jesus is at a party where someone had cut himself and cleaned up in the bathroom. Jesus finds himself drawn to the blood that had dripped on the floor and after slowly considering it and getting his face closer to it, he has his cheek against the floor and extends his tongue and licks up the drops!

I have seen the video a couple times, but it is on DVD in region 2 PAL format only. The video is available in both subtitled and dubbed versions. I highly recommend the version with subtitles, because much of the dialogue is already in English. Ron Perlman's character for example speaks very little Spanish.

Perhaps now that Guillermo del Toro is more well known in the US, we will get a region 1 NTSC release on dvd.

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