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Doña Bárbara (1998)

Santos Luzardo is a young attorney who has recently returned to his family's ranch. The land is harsh, and only the strongest can survive. Dona Barbara uses black magic to make Santos fall ... See full summary »



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Credited cast:
Víctor Cárdenas ...
Antonio Sandoval
Audry Gutierrez Alea ...
Casilda Sandoval (as Audrey)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Angel Acosta ...
Don José Luzardo
Alfredo Alegre ...
Guillermo Angelelli ...
Juan Primito
Sandra Ballesteros ...
Doña Asunción Luzardo
Sebastián Cascardo ...
Santos Luzardo Chico
Gustavo Cenatiempo ...
Enamorado de Doña Bárbara
Eduardo Cutuli ...
Balbino Paiba
María Del Carmen Torrent Moneta ...
Francisca Sandoval
Lorenzo Barquero Joven
Ño Pernalete
Jazmin Echeverria ...
Gervesia Sandoval
Ruth Gabriel ...
Marisela Barquero


Santos Luzardo is a young attorney who has recently returned to his family's ranch. The land is harsh, and only the strongest can survive. Dona Barbara uses black magic to make Santos fall for her and hence gain access to his estate. Santos struggles to break free of Dona Barbara and falls in love with her daughter. Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for sexuality and some violence | See all certifications »



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14 May 1998 (Argentina)  »

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Fegefeuer der Leidenschaft  »

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Poor adaptation and script
7 September 2000 | by (Caracas, Venezuela) – See all my reviews

One of the first books I read when I was a kid was Doña Barbara, and over the years I have become very familiar with the characters and the argument of the novel. Thus, I was amazed how badly the movie script has been adapted from the original book.

Doña Barbara is set in Venezuela during the mid 20's, during that time Venezuela was beginning its oil exploitation and the country area was not developed. It was shocking to see Santos Luzardo (the main character) wearing a watch and all his "llaneros" (Venezuelan cowboys)wearing a "gaucho" outfit (mostly used in Argentina) when in Venezuela, at that time, the clothes worn by the "llaneros" were simple cotton pants and most of them raided barefoot.

The script does not respect the in-depth environment and rich colorful characters of the original novel; even an important character was eliminated from the script (Mr. Danger), an American seeking fortune in the Arauca Valley in Venezuela.

In a nutshell, although the characters of Santos Luzardo and Doña Barabara were very well played by the respective actors, I consider the script a very poor adaptation of the original novel which results in a very bad and very poor historic and social version of the excellent novel by Romulo Gallegos.

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