The Bridge of San Luis Rey (2004)

PG  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  22 December 2004 (Spain)
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In 1714 Peru, a friar is tried by the Inquisition for questioning God's intentions when five die in the collapse of an Andean rope bridge.



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Archbishop of Peru
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Dona Clara's Husband
His Excellency's Fop


In early 19th Century Peru an old Inca rope bridge collapses, plunging five travelers to their deaths in the Andean chasm below. Brother Juniper, who was within minutes of being on the bridge himself, becomes obsessed with discovering how five people of differing class and circumstances came to be on the bridge at that moment. The Catholic friar wants to know if it was mere existential happenstance or part of God's cosmic plan. After researching the lives of the victims for five years and publishing his findings in a book, he is accused of heresy by the worldly Archbishop of Lima and is put on trial for his life by the Inquisition. Written by

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Five Lives Bound By One Fate.


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements, some disturbing images and some sensuality | See all certifications »



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Release Date:

22 December 2004 (Spain)  »

Also Known As:

El puente de San Luis Rey  »

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Box Office


$24,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$12,665 (USA) (17 June 2005)


$42,880 (USA) (17 June 2005)

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Harvey Keitel's singing voice was dubbed by the actor and baritone Emilio Gavira. See more »


Obvious miniature when the ship carrying the Marquesa to Spain is seen. See more »


Archbishop of Peru: [to the Abbess] Fortunately I count the cessationn of these meetings as one of the benefits of dying.
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References La périchole, la chanteuse et le dictateur (2000) See more »

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Red Chalk and a Bowl of Snow
19 June 2005 | by (Dallas, Texas) – See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. Although I do understand why many grade the film so harshly, for a few reasons I did enjoy it. First, the cast is straight out a Woody Allen Movie. Stars include Robert Deniro, Kathy Bates, F Murray Abraham (all Oscar winners) and Harvey Keitel, Gabriel Byrne and Geraldine Chaplin. Second, relative newcomer Adriana Dominguez is a pleasure to watch as Pepita. Third, the challenge of following the story line and time line kept my brain working non-stop for two plus hours. Although the presentation is a bit convoluted, if a movie keeps me engaged for its entire duration, it has done something right.

The downside, other than the muddled script, was the lackluster performance of Deniro. Most of the time his scenes were straight out of Saturday Night Live - cue cards and all. Bates and Keitel, on the other hand, were mesmerizing.

Based of course on Thornton Wilder's 1929 novel (he also wrote "Our Town" and "Hello, Dolly!"), the film suffers from spotty direction by (relative unknown) Mary McGuckian. Visually the picture is terrific, but she obviously has no feel for story telling.

Flawed film worth seeing for the acting (other than Deniro) and interaction between the characters.

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