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The House of the Spirits (1993)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  1 April 1994 (USA)
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Chile, second half of the 20th century. The poor Esteban marries Clara and they get a daughter, Blanca. Esteban works hard and eventually gets money to buy a hacienda, eventually to become ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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António Assunção ...
Man at Cattlemarket (as António Assumpção)
Julie Balloo ...
Young Lady
Frank Baker ...
Intelligence Officer
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João Cabral ...
Soldier
Carlos César ...
Ambassador's Driver
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Rogério Claro ...
Man in Club
Edith Clement ...
Midwife
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Nana
Oscar A. Colon ...
Sheriff
Franco Diogent ...
Man at the Party (as Franco Diogene)
Pedro Efe ...
Interrogation Officer
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Chile, second half of the 20th century. The poor Esteban marries Clara and they get a daughter, Blanca. Esteban works hard and eventually gets money to buy a hacienda, eventually to become a local patriarch. He becomes very conservative and is feared by his workers. When Blanca grows up, she falls in love with a young revolutionary, Pedro, who urges the workers to fight for socialism. It is unavoidable that Pedro and Esteban are pitted against each other. Esteban tries to stop the love affair between Pedro and his daughter by all means possible but soon Blanca becomes pregnant and has a daughter. The void between father and daughter seems unbridgeable when Blanca moves in with Pedro. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Rated R for strong sexuality, and for violence | See all certifications »

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Also Known As:

La casa de los espíritus  »

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Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$6,265,311 (USA)
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Trivia

Film debut of Grace Gummer (who plays her mother Meryl Streep's character Clara as a young girl). See more »

Goofs

Alba is eating KFC, but the KFC name/logo wasn't adopted until the 1990s (it was formerly Kentucky Fried Chicken), it's in a basket instead of a box, and the chain wasn't franchised in South America in the 1970s anyway. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Esteban Trueba: It's good to be back.
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Connections

Referenced in Isabel Allende: An Extraordinary Life (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

La Cumparsita
Written by Gerardo Matos Rodríguez (as Matos Rodriguez)
Performed by Adalbert Lutter and His Orchestra
Published by G. Ricordi & C.S.P.A., Milano
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I never expected the tears . . .
21 March 1999 | by (Florida) – See all my reviews

I never expected the tears. I never expected the emotion. I was swept away by the epic story and came crashing to earth when the troops took over. All this despite the fact that I do and did know who Isabelle Allende is and I was aware of the history of coups in S. America. I loved the people with the notable and chilly brilliant exception from Jeremy Irons (Can we ever really love his incredible characters?)

Another underrated movie that seeks much and delivers well although at times with a bit too much telegraphing (the bathing scene with the young Blanca for example.)

It was a three hankie movie in the end, A great three hankie movie.

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