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Director:
Writers:
Guillermo del Toro (written by) and
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Release Date:
20 April 2001 (Spain) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The living will always be more dangerous than the dead. See more »
Plot:
After Carlos, a 12-year-old whose father has died in the Spanish Civil War, arrives at an ominous boy's orphanage he discovers the school is haunted and has many dark secrets that he must uncover. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
6 wins & 7 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A great ghost story! See more (194 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Directed by
Guillermo del Toro 
 
Writing credits
Guillermo del Toro (written by) and
Antonio Trashorras (written by) &
David Muñoz (written by)

Produced by
Agustín Almodóvar .... producer
Pedro Almodóvar .... executive producer
Rosa Bosch .... co-producer
Guillermo del Toro .... executive producer
Bertha Navarro .... producer
Michel Ruben .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Javier Navarrete 
 
Cinematography by
Guillermo Navarro 
 
Film Editing by
Luis de la Madrid 
 
Casting by
Sara Bilbatúa  (as Sara Bilbatua)
 
Production Design by
César Macarrón 
 
Set Decoration by
Pilar Revuelta  (as María del Pilar Revuelta)
 
Costume Design by
José Vico 
 
Makeup Department
Paula Cruz .... make-up and hair assistant
Fermín Galán .... hair stylist
Manuela Guzmán .... make-up and hair assistant
Jorge Hernández .... makeup artist
David Martí .... special makeup supervisor
 
Production Management
Sergio Díaz .... assistant production manager
Esther García .... production supervisor
Toni Novella .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jorge Dorado .... third assistant director (as Jorge C. Dorado)
Christopher Downs .... director trainee
Covadonga R. Gamboa .... second assistant director
Pedro Lazaga .... first assistant director
Luisfer Machi .... third assistant director
Jesús Salcedo .... director trainee
Jose Francisco de Diego .... director trainee (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Francisco Escriba .... set dresser
Carlos García Campillo .... assistant set dresser
Ángel García Palmeiro .... property master
Enrique García .... set constructor
Carlos Giménez .... storyboard artist
Pedro Hernández .... carpenter
Tatiana Hernández .... assistant decorator
Kike Melia .... set dresser
Aitor Mendizábal .... trainee set decorator (as Aitor Mendizabal)
Angela Nahum .... trainee set decorator
Pablo Naveda .... set dresser
Leoncio Vicente .... painter
Tanja Wahlbeck .... art assistant
 
Sound Department
Jaime Fernández .... boom operator
Jaime Fernández-Cid Buscató .... boom operator (as Jaime Fernández-Cid)
Diego Garrido .... sound mixing technician
Ray Gillon .... sound re-recording mixer
Manel López .... assistant sound editor
Salva Mayolas .... sound recordist (as Salvador Mayolas)
Iván Mayoral .... adr recordist
Miguel Rejas .... sound
David Rodríguez .... assistant boom operator
Ian Sasplugas .... sound effects editor
Ian Sasplugas .... sound recordist
Oriol Tarragó .... sound editor
Edgar Vidal .... sound effects assistant
Kiku Vidal .... sound effects editor
Ricardo Viñas .... dolby sound consultant
 
Special Effects by
Reyes Abades .... mechanical effects
Carmen Aguirre .... special effects art director
Ángel Alonso .... special effects technician (as Angel Alonso)
Arturo Balceiro .... special effects makeup
Xavi Bastida .... special effects makeup
Juan Carlos Corroto .... special effects technician
José M. Meneses .... special effects technician: DDT
Alfonso Nieto .... special effects supervisor
Juan Serrano .... special effects technician: Reyes Abades SFX
 
Visual Effects by
Nike Alonso .... CGI assistant production
Helmuth Barnert .... digital compositor
Raúl Batanero .... CGI operator
Juan Bosco .... Avid digital effects
Juanjo Carretero .... digital effects technician
Gonzalo Carrión .... matchmove artist
Gonzalo Carssón .... CGI operator
Segundo Casero .... CGI chief operator
Nacho Cepero .... digital compositor
René Chesta .... CGI operator
Daniel de Madrid .... backdraft
Juan del Pozo .... digital compositor
Manuel Delgado .... digital compositor
Alejandro Dupry .... Avid digital effects
Eduardo Díaz .... CGI operator
David Fernández Girón .... CGI operator
Daniel Fernández .... CGI operator (as Daniel Fernández Parra)
Gabriel Garrido .... digital compositor
Iñaki Gil .... CGI chief operator
Noelia Gorrón .... digital effects producer
Enrique Jiménez .... digital effects technician (as Kike Jiménez)
Isidro Jiménez .... digital compositor
Antonio Lado .... CGI operator
Pablo Martín .... CGI operator
Carlos Matella .... digital compositor
Patricia Matiskei .... digital compositor
Gonzalo Moure .... digital compositor
Javier Nuñez .... CGI chief of production
Raul Ortego .... digital compositor
Emilio Pérez .... digital compositor
Álvaro Rodríguez .... digital effects producer (as Alvaro Rodríguez)
Emilio Ruiz del Río .... modeler (as Emilio Ruiz)
Raúl Sánchez .... digital compositor
Silvia Torralba .... digital effects producer
Carlos Trijueque .... digital compositor
Antonio Ubeda .... CGI operator (as Antonio Úbeda)
Jon Uriarte .... CGI operator
Rodrigo Vega .... CGI operator
Óscar Villalba .... backdraft
Úrsula García .... visual effects coordinator: pre-production (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Sergio Atanes .... stunt coordinator
Silvia Carballo .... stunts
Salvador Martos Manson .... stunts (as Salvador Martos)
Andreas Muñoz .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Javier Aguado .... electrician
Óscar Aguado .... electrician
Alberto Arnal .... electrician (as José Alberto Arnal)
Enrique Bello .... grip
Fernando Beltrán .... electrician
Miguel Bracho .... still photographer
Silvia Camacho .... video technician
Pablo Carrión .... electrician
Antonio de Benito .... electrician
José Ramón Delgado .... first assistant camera
David Domínguez .... second unit: assistant camera
José Manuel González .... electrician
José Manuel Herrero .... underwater camera operator
Joaquín Manchado .... camera operator
Joaquín Manchado .... steadicam
Raúl Manchado .... second assistant camera: first unit
Antonio Martínez Roque .... grip (as Antonio Martínez)
José Luis Martínez .... electrician
Carlos Miguel .... key grip
Roberto Miguel .... second assistant camera: second unit
José Luis Molero .... electrician
David Rengel .... trainee assistant camera
Raúl Rodríguez .... electrician
Marcelino San Eugenio .... electrician
Alberto Sánchez Beltrán .... electrician (as Alberto Sánchez)
Anselmo Villalba .... grip
 
Casting Department
Cristina Perales .... casting assistant
Macarena Pombo .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Rocío Redondo .... wardrobe assistant
Mercedes Sanz .... wardrobe coordinator
 
Editorial Department
Felisa Catalinas .... negative cutter
Adoración G. Elipe .... assistant editor
Ximo Michavila .... telecine colorist
Laura Montesinos .... assistant editor
Bernat Vilaplana .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Martina Cigerová .... musician: oboe
José Luis Crespo .... music mixer
Jaroslava Eliasová .... musician: piano
Martin Hubsch .... musician: oboe
Mario Klemens .... conductor
Pedro Navarrete .... music assistant
Radovan Sancera .... musician: concertino
Rubén Suárez .... assistant music mixer
 
Other crew
Alfonso Aguirre .... technical director
Conchita Araña .... trainee production assistant (as Conchita R. Araña)
Yuyi Beringola .... script supervisor
Yolanda Cáceres .... technical director
Fabio Diéguez .... animal trainer coordinator
Adela Donamaría .... production secretary
Sergio Díaz .... assistant production manager
Nuria García Atienza .... marketing: Sogecine (as Nuria Garcia Atienza)
Lola García .... office chief
Marga García .... marketing
Antonio Giménez .... marketing
Beatriz Gordo .... cashier
Emma Matamoros .... production staff
Inés Miruri .... child coach
Yuriria Montero .... assistant: Tequila Gang
Rafael Pajares .... production assistant
Chus San Pascual .... location scout
Ana Sanz .... secretary to producer
Rosa María Serrano .... assistant accountant (as Rosa Mª Serrano)
Paz Sufrategui .... publicist
Francisco Sánchez Ortiz .... marketing director
Antonia Sánchez .... nurse
Nicolás Tapia .... production assistant
Óscar Valero .... administrator (as Oscar Valero)
François Vila .... press agent
 
Thanks
Juan Carlos Doadrio .... thanks
Nicolás Díaz Chico .... thanks
Laura Esquivel .... thanks
Delfín Prieto .... thanks
José Salcedo .... thanks
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"El espinazo del diablo" - Spain (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for violence, language and some sexuality
Runtime:
106 min | Australia:108 min
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Guillermo del Toro wrote the film when he was in college.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
[voice over narration]
Casares:What is a ghost? A tragedy condemned to repeat itself time and again? An instant of pain, perhaps. Something dead which still seems to be alive. An emotion suspended in time. Like a blurred photograph. Like an insect trapped in amber.
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FAQ

what is the significance of the picture in jacinto's hand...??and why carmen never wants to kiss jacinto when they have sexual relationship??
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50 out of 70 people found the following review useful.
A great ghost story!, 24 November 2004
Author: The_Void from Beverley Hills, England

I'm a massive fan of the horror genre, but I don't like ghost stories. To me, ghost stories are a poor manifestation of the genre. It's not the idea of ghosts that's the problem, it's the way the stories are presented; often dull, slow moving and uninteresting, and those are things that do not make a good movie. However, there is an exception to every rule; and this film is the case with that one. The Devil's Backbone is a mesmerising and inventive addition to the ghost story tradition. The film moves slowly, but that is a definite advantage to it. The slow pace allows us to get to know, and even care for the characters before the horror starts, and this makes the horror all the more potent when it does start. The Devil's Backbone has been touted as 'the Spanish Sixth Sense', and although this is unfair as this is hardly a bad film; I can see where that notion is coming from. The main difference between the two, however, and the reason why this film works and Shyamalan's doesn't is that the parts between the horror here aren't boring, are well acted and serve a purpose in that they allow us to get to know the characters; Shyamalan got too caught up in trying to make his twist work and the drama in-between caught the brunt of that, rendering the film boring.

The film can't really be accurately described as a 'horror film', it's more of a drama come character study with horror elements. The horror elements are pronounced, as the ghost is the centrepiece of the story, but the film doesn't focus on them enough for it to be considered horror. Entwined within it's plot is a coming of age tale, a story of revenge and a nice little section on 'what is a ghost'. I like it when a film delves into it's subject material and attempts to give something of an explanation; Return of the Living Dead did it for zombies (albeit comically), and The Devil's Backbone does it here for ghosts. The coming of age side of the story is brought to life brilliantly by some sublime acting courtesy of the young cast. Entwined within the story are themes of the kids being thrust into a situation that requires them to grow up fast, and it also sees them dealing with themes of death and revenge.

One thing you will instantly notice about this film is the fantastic cinematography. The film has a gritty style, but despite this it manages to come off looking crisp and clean. There are some shots that are incredibly beautiful. All shots with the ghost, which is one of the best crafted ever, come to mind immediately but also of note are the underwater sequences, the special effects and the capture of the location. The film is set in an orphanage somewhere the Spanish desert, and this location serves the movie magnificently. The fact that it's a day's walk away from the nearest town makes the film very isolated, which allows the horror more potency. Guillermo Del Toro is an obviously talented director. He has this film under his belt, along with Cronos (which I haven't yet seen, but have heard great things), but after that it's hit and miss. Blade 2 was a good film, and a refreshing one after the lackluster first part; but Mimic wasn't very good on the whole, despite some good moments. More recently he's gone on to direct Hellboy, which again I haven't seen but it looks like another fun film. I hope Del Toro makes a return to art soon, he has the talent and it would be a shame to lose him to 'decent' films.

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