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The Day of the Beast (1995)
"El día de la bestia" (original title)

R  |   |  Action, Comedy, Crime  |  23 December 1998 (USA)
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A Basque priest finds by means of a cabalistic study of the Bible that the Antichrist is going to be born on Christmas Day in Madrid. Assisted by a heavy-metal fan and the host of a TV show... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Álex Angulo ...
Cura (as Alex Angulo)
Armando De Razza ...
Cavan
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Terele Pávez ...
Rosario (as Terele Pavez)
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Mina
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Susana
Gianni Ippoliti ...
Productor
Jaime Blanch ...
Toyota 1
David Pinilla ...
Toyota 2
Antonio Dechent ...
Toyota 3
Ignacio Carreño ...
Toyota 4
Saturnino García ...
Sacerdote Anciano (as Saturnino Garcia)
El Gran Wyoming ...
Nuevo Cavan (as Gran Wyoming)
Pololo ...
Abuelo Terminal
Higinio Barbero ...
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Storyline

A Basque priest finds by means of a cabalistic study of the Bible that the Antichrist is going to be born on Christmas Day in Madrid. Assisted by a heavy-metal fan and the host of a TV show on the occult, he will try to summon the Devil to find out the place of birth and kill the baby. Written by Miguel A. Andrade <andrade@gredos.cnb.uam.es>

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A devilishly dark comedy


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong brutal violence, language, drug use and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

23 December 1998 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

€2,100,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$6,479 (USA) (25 December 1998)

Gross:

$15,324 (USA) (1 January 1999)
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Trivia

Early in the film the priest hands a piece of paper to José María that reads "-Napalm Dez -Iron Meiden -Hace de Cé", this could be a reference to the spanish pronunciation of metal bands Napalm Death, Iron Maiden and AC/DC. See more »

Goofs

The last scene takes place nine months after Christmas, but the flowers and trees in the park show that it's early spring. See more »

Crazy Credits

Jaime Blanch's, David Pinilla's, Antonio Dechent's and Ignacio Carreño's characters are listed as "Toyota". These characters were replaced in later drafts of the scripts as "assailants". In the movie, they are called "Limpia Madrid", but credits still call them "Toyota." See more »

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References Jesus Christ Superstar (1973) See more »

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El día de la bestia
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A darkly funny adventure film... with a d...evil twist
21 January 2001 | by (El Paso, Tx) – See all my reviews

This interesting film from Spanish director De la Iglesia is a road trip that is fun and action packed, as it is obscure. A great premise taken to the extreme, in which a servant of god, has to get in touch with the evil side, in order to save the world. The comic relief comes in Chema, a rock-store clerk, who, along this priest takes this trip to it's ultimate consequences.


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