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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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30 October 1998 (Spain) See more »
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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 »
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Nominated for Oscar. Another 9 wins & 17 nominations See more »
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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)
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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 »
Movie Connections:
Version of "Estudio 1: El abuelo" (1969)See more »
Soundtrack:
NimrodSee more »

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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Love and Honor, 12 February 2007
Author: gradyharp from United States

EL ABUELO (The Grandfather) began as a 1954 novel by Benito Pérez Galdós and was adapted for the screen by writer/director José Luis Garci in 1998, a year when it was nominated for Best Foreign Film Oscar. It is a period piece of epic proportions, an immensely beautiful work both visually and emotionally, that assures the film's becoming a beloved standard in the cinematic library.

Don Rodrigo de Arista Potestad (Fernando Fernán Gómez, the brilliant Peruvian actor from such films as 'Butterfly', 'Belle Epoque', 'All About My Mother, etc) is a crusty old aristocrat who has been in America for the Gold Rush who returns to Spain (a small town of Jerusa) when his son dies. He concern is about a letter his son wrote to him that one of his two granddaughters was sired by another man, an artist, and the old man is determined to find out which one of the granddaughters should rightfully inherit is name and his money. He arrives to meet Dolly (Cristina Cruz) and Nelly (Cristina Cruz) and their beautiful mother Doña Lucrecia (Cayetana Guillén Cuervo), a woman who has survived emotional hardships but has generously favored the small town with gifts while giving her daughters in home schooling by the intelligent, sensitive Don Pío Coronado (Rafael Alonso) who has been forsaken by his own family. The once butler of the home Senén Corchado (Agustín González) has been freed to become an oily capitalist, eager to squander the family money.

Don Rodrigo (Abuelo) challenges the family to maintain the honor of his name, becomes fast friends with Don Pío, and the two set about to discover whether it is Dolly or Nelly that is the true bloodline granddaughter. The manner in which the investigation proceeds includes the warm relationship Abuelo forms with the girls, the way he decides the future of Lucrecia, and the bonding he forms with Pío. It is Pío who challenges Abuelo with the question of which is more important, honor or love, and it is this question that suffuses the resolution of the story with surprises and with extraordinary tenderness.

The actors are all superb with special kudos to Fernando Fernán Gómez and Rafael Alonso. The cinematography of the coastlines of Spain is breathtakingly beautiful and the manner in which Raúl Pérez Cubero frames his images glows. The original musical score is by Manuel Balboa whose love theme is hauntingly played by both piano and orchestra: the moments of music by Satie (Gymnopédie) and Elgar (the Nimrod variation from Enigma Variations) are beautifully performed by the Madrid Orchestra under the baton of Ángel Gil Ordóñez. The film is long (well over two hours) and there are some synchrony defects in the spoken soundtrack (?dubbing for the granddaughters' voices?), but these are minor flaws in an eloquently beautiful film. In Spanish with English subtitles. Grady Harp

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