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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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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$25,000,000 (estimated)


$6,265,311 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film cast includes three Oscar winners: Jeremy Irons, Meryl Streep, Vanessa Redgrave; and three Oscar nominees: Glenn Close, Winona Ryder, Armin Mueller-Stahl. See more »


The Chilean army of the 1973 is depicted using the wrong equipment such as G3 rifles, M48 tanks, and Fiat G91 aircrafts. The correct weapons would be FAL rifles, M4 Sherman medium tanks, and either Hawker Hunter or F-80 Shooting Star aircrafts. See more »


[first lines]
Esteban Trueba: It's good to be back.
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Referenced in Isabel Allende: An Extraordinary Life (1995) 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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great book, pretty good movie
26 April 2001 | by (memphis, tn) – See all my reviews

The book was fabulous and remains one of my favorites. The movie, for some reason reminded me of "The Thorn Birds"--I guess because I felt so much was left out, and it would have been better as a mini-series.

The book evokes a much more magical, mythical, and "Spirit"-ual feeling that reflects the special flavor of life in South America, especially with Clara having green hair, and more powers in the book. A lot of that feeling is left out of the movie.

However, the movie mostly makes up for this lack in the extremely vivid presentation of the characters' emotions.

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