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The House of the Spirits (1993)

R | | Drama, Romance | 1 April 1994 (USA)
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A rancher, his clairvoyant wife and their family face turbulent years in South America in this adaptation of Isabel Allende's best-seller.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
António Assunção ...
Man at Cattlemarket (as António Assumpção)
Julie Balloo ...
Young Lady
Frank Baker ...
Intelligence Officer
João Cabral ...
Carlos César ...
Ambassador's Driver
Rogério Claro ...
Man in Club
Edith Clement ...
Oscar A. Colon ...
Franco Diogent ...
Man at the Party (as Franco Diogene)
Pedro Efe ...
Interrogation Officer


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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Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

1 April 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La casa de los espíritus  »

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Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)


$6,265,311 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Annette Bening and Michelle Pfeiffer were considered for the role of Clara. See more »


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 »


[first lines]
Esteban Trueba: It's good to be back.
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References The Elephant Man (1980) See more »


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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Engaging Tale of Forgiveness
21 April 2002 | by (FT. Lauderdale, FL) – See all my reviews

This movie is based on the novel of the same title by Isabel Allende. It tells the story of the Trueba family over a span of 50 years.

Jeremy Irons plays the passionate yet harsh patriarch of the family. He is a man of contradictions-in public and with his family, he is proper. Behind closed doors, he has many secrets-affairs, brothels, and a bastard son whom he utterly neglects. Time and fate make him confront these demons and he ultimately learns the blessing of forgiveness.

Meryl Streep plays his psychically touched wife like an angel-she is so ethereal she seems of the spirit world. Glenn Close plays her love-starved sister-in-law;she conveys her desperation so adeptly. Meryl Streep treats her as a real sister and showers sisterly affection on this poor creature.

It is a spellbinding tale and one that has relevance to all families.

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