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The Bridge of San Luis Rey (2004)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Archbishop of Peru
Adriana Domínguez ...
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 duke1029@aol.com

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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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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


One of seven films starring both Robert De Niro and Harvey Keitel, with the other films being Mean Streets (1973), Taxi Driver (1976), Falling in Love (1984) Cop Land (1997), Little Fockers (2010), and the English dubbing version of Arthur and the Invisibles (2006) See more »


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


Captain Alvarado: We do what we can! We push on, Esteban, as best we can, and it isn't for long as time keeps going by. You'll be surprisedat how quickly time passes.
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Version of The Bridge of San Luis Rey (1929) See more »

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A Disappointment
1 November 2005 | by (Cyprus) – See all my reviews

Now here is potential for a great, intellectually stimulating movie. Based on the book by Thornton Wilder, a respected American novelist, and exploring the philosophical problem of evil - namely, why did God permit the demise of five people in the collapse of the Bridge of San Luis Rey? The priest investigating the question, the Archbishop accusing his research findings as heresy, the cast of characters with their human strengths and failings; all of this could have made the movie a really rewarding watch. Instead, I fell asleep about two-thirds of the way through, only to wake up just before the end for the credits! I can hardly believe it myself, because I was definitely intrigued by the central question, but for me it was a frustrating, incomprehensible viewing experience with only the scenery, costumes and famous cast as its redeeming features. My disadvantage as a critic is that I haven't read the book, so I can't say if Wilder had done a better job exploring this crucial human issue. Certainly the film was a disappointment. When you want to know the meaning of life, the last thing you wish to be shown is a group of gallivanting fools and hysterics with whom you are unable to engage. At times it really felt like a baroque farce of some sort. Maybe I just didn't get it, but surely much more can be made of the problem of evil on screen. Two out of ten for the costumes, but I'm thinking of reading the book just to avoid nurturing the impression I was left with: that Thornton Wilder lacked substance.

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