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The Grandfather (1998)

El abuelo (original title)
PG | | Drama | 30 October 1998 (Spain)
After his son dies, an elderly man comes back to Spain from the US and hopes to find out which of his granddaughters is true, and which one is bastard.

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 9 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »

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An elderly man returns to Spain after spent some time in Peru looking for gold mines and losing his fortune. He returns because his son has died leaving two daughters, and the son has left a note stating that one of the two is a bastard child. The grandfather hopes to find out which is his true granddaughter. Written by <Bondelev@usc.edu>

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Rated PG for thematic elements and language | See all certifications »
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30 October 1998 (Spain)  »

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ESP 400,000,000 (estimated)

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$12,726 (USA) (8 October 1999)

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$50,037 (USA) (29 October 1999)
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Rafael Alonso died before he complete dubbing of his character, dubbing actor Félix Acaso did his voice. See more »

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Don Rodrigo de Arista Potestad: Villainy is forgivable. Ingratitude, never.
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Gymnopédie
By Erik Satie
Arranged by Manuel Balboa
Performed by Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid
Conducted by Ángel Gil Ordóñez
Piano soloist: Liliam María Castillo (as Lilian Castillo)
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Love or honor? How can one choose?
11 August 2000 | by (Orange County, CA USA) – See all my reviews

Or does one have to? The matter is posed to an old man (El Abuelo aka the Grandfather) returning penniless from intrigues abroad to the village where he was once a respected aristocrat. In search of the truth about his two beautiful granddaughters, the sometimes bitter, sometimes sweet old man is met with insincerity and chicanery.

Some may view the film as plodding and uneventful. However, those with an understanding of the importance family honor to an old world aristocrat or the meaning of love to a disenfranchised old man will likely be captivated by its subtle charms. The old Spanish architecture, pastoral beauty, and sumptuous cinematography should appeal to all.


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