IMDb > The Grandfather (1998)
El abuelo
Quicklinks
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
Overview
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
Promotional
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

The Grandfather (1998) More at IMDbPro »El abuelo (original title)

Photos (See all 7 | slideshow) Videos
The Grandfather -- 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.

Overview

User Rating:
7.5/10   1,254 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
No change in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Director:
Writers:
Contact:
View company contact information for The Grandfather on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
30 October 1998 (Spain) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 9 wins & 17 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Beautiful filming accompanies sensitive interpretations See more (21 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)
Fernando Fernán Gómez ... Don Rodrigo de Arista Potestad
Rafael Alonso ... Don Pío Coronado

Cayetana Guillén Cuervo ... Doña Lucrecia Richmond
Agustín González ... Senén Corchado
Cristina Cruz ... Dolly
Alicia Rozas ... Nelly
Fernando Guillén ... Alcalde de Jerusa
Francisco Piquer ... Prior de Zaratay
María Massip ... Gregoria
José Caride ... Venancio
Francisco Algora ... Don Carmelo
Emma Cohen ... Vicenta, la alcaldesa
Juan Calot ... Don Salvador, médico
Concha Gómez Conde ... Doña Consuelito
Nuria Rodríguez ... Criada
José Luis Merino ... Camarero casino
Antonio Valero ... Don Jaime, ministro
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Selica Torcal ... Dolly (voice)
Félix Acaso ... Voz de Pío Coronado (uncredited)
Julio Gavilanes ... (uncredited)
Juan Antonio Gálvez ... Voz de Don Jaime (uncredited)
Sara Vivas ... Voz de Nelly (uncredited)

Directed by
José Luis Garci 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
José Luis Garci  writer
Benito Pérez Galdós  novel
Horacio Valcárcel  writer

Produced by
Luis María Delgado .... executive producer
José Luis Garci .... producer
 
Original Music by
Manuel Balboa 
 
Cinematography by
Raúl Pérez Cubero 
 
Film Editing by
Miguel González Sinde 
 
Production Design by
Julián Mateos 
 
Set Decoration by
Gil Parrondo 
 
Costume Design by
Gumersindo Andrés 
 
Makeup Department
Cristóbal Criado .... makeup artist
Alicia López Medina .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Valentín Panero .... production manager
Enrique Quintana .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Paloma Delgado .... second second assistant director
Salvador Gómez Cuenca .... assistant director (as Salvador Gómez Jr.)
José Alberto Sánchez .... second assistant director (as Jose Alberto Sanchez)
 
Art Department
José María Alarcón .... assistant set decorator
Pablo Arroyo .... assistant property master
Pedro Jesús De la Fuente .... supervising set decorator (as Pedro J. de la Fuente)
José G. Donado .... painter (as José García Donado)
José Luis García Quevedo .... assistant property master
Félix García .... assistant property master (as Félix García López)
Santos Pedroche .... set dresser
José Luis Álvarez .... property master
José Luis Moya .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
José Antonio Bermúdez .... sound
Luis Castro .... sound effects
Antonio García .... sound
Diego Garrido .... sound
Ricardo Viñas .... sound engineer: Dolby
Dan Edelstein .... supervising sound editor: US release (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Manuel Floriano .... special effects technician
Antonio Molina .... special effects (as Molina)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Paulino Alonso .... generator operator
David Cobos .... still photographer
Julio García .... grip
Pedro González Ruiz .... second assistant camera
Salvador G. González .... electrician
Daniel Guirles .... electrician
Salvador Gómez Calle .... assistant camera
Roberto Keusses .... key grip
Joaquín Manchado .... Steadicam operator
Andrés Martínez .... electrician
Ricardo Navarrete .... camera operator
José Antonio Oliva .... gaffer
Carlos Parra .... electrician
David Azcano .... electrician (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lourdes de Orduña .... assistant costume designer
Carmen Vigo .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Sonia Camino .... second assistant editor (as Sonia Paz Camino)
Carlos Ramos .... second assistant editor
Amparo Roces .... assistant editor
 
Other crew
Juan Carmona .... administrator
Ángel Manuel Chivite .... production assistant
Irene González .... assistant administrator
Margarita Pardo .... script supervisor
José A. Sánchez .... second production assistant
 
Crew believed to be complete


Production CompaniesDistributorsSpecial EffectsOther Companies

Additional Details

Also Known As:
"El abuelo" - Spain (original title)
See more »
MPAA:
Rated PG for thematic elements and language
Runtime:
151 min | Argentina:147 min
Country:
Language:
Color:
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

Quotes:
Don Rodrigo de Arista Potestad:Villainy is forgivable. Ingratitude, never.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in The 71st Annual Academy Awards (1999) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
NimrodSee more »

FAQ

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
12 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Beautiful filming accompanies sensitive interpretations, 16 December 2000
Author: Keith F. Hatcher from La Rioja, Spain

My immediate impression after seeing this film for the first time (and any really good film needs to be seen at least twice) was that at last here was another little masterpiece to add to the very limited cinematographical treasure troves produced by Spain in the last quarter of a century. 'El Abuelo' stands very well alongside `El Sur' (1982) and `Los Santos Inocentes' (1984), these two also being adapted from novels. I cannot help thinking that Garci is at his best when with the help of Valcárcel he adapts a story from real Spanish literature. As perhaps the most prestigious and prize-winning Spanish director (we shall pass over Almodóvar and his commercially orientated light entertainment), having won at Hollywood, Montreal, and Spain's own Goya prize several times, he has produced some memorable films and TV series (Historias del Otro Lado - Stories from the Other Side), mostly because he has that acute eye for capturing every detail as he shoots his scenes. He knows how to use his actors, and never better than in `El Abuelo'. The leading actors bring sincere interpretations, full of feeling, adding beauty to the situations being developed. The film is also a little tribute to Rafael Alonso, who died without seeing the finished film: his life ended with the hugely memorable part of an unpresuming private home teacher to the two little girls - Dolly and Nelly - one of whom is not really Don Rodrigo's granddaughter. Fernán Gómez is of course perfect, as he has been in most of his films in recent years, and Agustín González has at last played his best rôle in the whole of his acting career. Don Rodrigo returns from the Americas where he lost a fortune, to find out which of the two girls was due to his daughter-in-law's unfaithfulness. The novel itself is `costumbrista' as is also the novel by Concha Espina, `El Junco', which deals with a similar situation. Manuel Balboa once again has been exquisite in choosing his music and I must mention the sumptuous photography by Raúl Pérez Cubero, beautifully, lovingly captured in the countryside and around the grand old house, worth any prizes that may be floating around out there.....But I do not believe in prizes: they mostly exist only to perpetuate themselves. `El Abuelo' does not need any prizes - it stands up on its own merits: simply a wonderful film telling a story with simplicity and feeling.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (21 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for The Grandfather (1998)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
Most Excellent Film NoahVail
Honor Or Love bama1111
See more »

Recommendations

If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
Awaking from a Dream The Trail of '98 Alatriste The Old Curiosity Shop Rhapsody in August
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Drama section IMDb Spain section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.