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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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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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Rated PG for thematic elements, some disturbing images and some sensuality | See all certifications »
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22 December 2004 (Spain)  »

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El puente de San Luis Rey  »

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Budget:

$24,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$42,880 (USA) (17 June 2005)
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Obvious miniature when the ship carrying the Marquesa to Spain is seen. See more »

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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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Excellent production design and gowns but slowly narrated
28 December 2005 | by See all my reviews

The picture is set in early 18th Century Peru , during old Inca empire as it focuses a priest named Brother Juniper (Gabriel Byrne ) who investigates a highly rope bridge collapse in Lima (Peru) . The lofty bridge left five travelers people falling into deep and die at a fateful accident . The Catholic friar wants to know if it was mere existential or divine deed . As the Franciscano priest tries to discover if was a holy cause or a freak disaster . He'll survey the life and events of the deceased persons . Thus, the lonely Marquesa ( Kathy Bates ) who is helped by an orphan (Adriana Dominguez), La Penichola (Pilar Lopez de Ayala), a famous actress but ill-fated and the uncle Pio (Harvey Keitel) . However his investigation lead him to Inquisition judgement in a court ruled by the Viceroy of Peru ( F.Murray Abraham ) and as public prosecutor the Archbishop ( Robert De Niro ). He is framed of heresy by the worldly Archbishop and is put on trial for his life

The film is set in XVIII century, Peru and based on the known novel by Thornton Wilder . Scenarios are impressive but no the argument and it result to be confuse and with some gaps , besides is slow moving that makes it a little boring and tiring . Star-studded cast is top-of-the-range with known and famed actors but with a far-fetching storyline , they appear acting with no sense . However the sets including palaces , cathedrals , church , square.. are mesmerizing , furthermore outdoors and landscapes are spectacular , thus the production design was realized by Gil Parrondo ( Academy Award winner by Patton ) . In addition, the brilliant and luxurious costume design was realized by Ivonne Blake( Oscar by Doctor Zivago and Nicholas and Alexandra ). The glimmer cinematography by Javier Aguirresarobe ( The others ) like is splendidly reflected on the marvelous landscapes of Peru (although was shot in Spain ) . Lalo Schifrin score is sensitive and atmospheric with typical South American music . The film is based based on the best-seller novel by Thornton Wilder and filmed previously by Rowland V.Lee in 1944 and another early version shot in 1929 .The motion picture is regularly directed by Mary McGukian . The film will appeal to costumer genre fans. Rating : Average but passable .


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