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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.

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Release Date:
30 October 1998 (Spain) See more »
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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 »
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Nominated for Oscar. Another 9 wins & 17 nominations See more »
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Sensational rendition with extraordinary performances and luxurious scenarios See more (21 total) »

Cast

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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


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"El abuelo" - Spain (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated PG for thematic elements and language
Runtime:
151 min | Argentina:147 min
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Don Rodrigo de Arista Potestad:Villainy is forgivable. Ingratitude, never.See more »
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Version of Adultery (1945)See more »
Soundtrack:
GymnopédieSee more »

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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Sensational rendition with extraordinary performances and luxurious scenarios, 28 December 2009
Author: ma-cortes

This perceptible drama is based on Benito Perez Galdos's (author of Episodios Nacionales) novel and adapted by Horacio Valcarcel. The countess Lucrecia (Cayetana Guillen Cuervo) along with his two daughters(Alicia Rozas, Cristina Cruz) return to City of Jerusia. But also the grandfather (Fernando Fernan Gomez)goes back Spain after traveling America looking for the Dorado, but he is now ruined. The old man wants reckoning , because his son died and left a will stating which one of the two daughters is an illegitimate little girl . Later on, the elderly count is obligated by the Mayor(Fernando Guillen, Cayetana Guillen's father), the priest(Francisco Algora), the administrator(Agustin Gonzalez) and doctor(Juan Calot) to remain at a Monastery led by the prior(Francisco Piquer) but Don Rodrigo escapes.

This is a thought-provoking drama filmed with great sensitivity and feeling. It's an intelligent and touching story although sometimes is slow moving and tiring but is finely developed with sense of style and sensibility. In the picture are treated ethics and morals themes developed with great sense of fairness and ductility.Excellent acting by Fernando Fernan Gomez as an embittered man who will must face the traumatic truth and choose between honor and love. Special mention to Rafael Alonso as unfortunate elderly man who is mistreated by his six daughters . Besides exceptional and awesome cinematography by Raul Perez Cubero as is reflected on the marvelous outdoors of the countryside and brilliant interiors . Wonderful musical score by Manuel Balboa and the symphonic orchestra of Madrid with haunting leitmotif. Well filmed on marvelous locations as Niembro, Llanes, Pola De Lena, Church of Valdedios and Santa Cristina Lena (Asturias) and Monastery of Santa Maria Vid (Aranda Duero). Spectacular production design by Gil Parrondo who formerly achieved two Oscars (Patton, Nicholas and Alexandra). The motion picture is accurately directed by Jose Luis Garci (El Crack I, II, Luz Domingo) who won one Academy Award for ¨Volver a Empezar¨. Rating : Better than average and well worth seeing.

For these reasons is essential and indispensable watching and is better than first version titled ¨La Duda¨ by Rafael Gil with Fernando Rey (Fernando Fernan Gomez role), Analia Gade (Cayetana Guillen character),Pilar Bardem, and again Rafael Alonso as Senen Corbacho (Agustin Gonzalez role).

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