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Cronos (1993)

R | | Horror | May 1994 (USA)
A mysterious device designed to provide its owner with eternal life resurfaces after four hundred years, leaving a trail of destruction in its path.

Director:

Guillermo del Toro

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Federico Luppi ... Jesus Gris
Ron Perlman ... Angel de la Guardia
Claudio Brook ... De la Guardia
Margarita Isabel Margarita Isabel ... Mercedes
Tamara Shanath Tamara Shanath ... Aurora
Daniel Giménez Cacho ... Tito
Mario Iván Martínez ... Alchemist
Farnesio de Bernal Farnesio de Bernal ... Manuelito
Juan Carlos Colombo Juan Carlos Colombo ... Funeral Director
Jorge Martínez de Hoyos ... Narrator (voice)
Luis Rodríguez Luis Rodríguez ... Buyer
Javier Álvarez Javier Álvarez ... Bleeding Man
Gerardo Moscoso Gerardo Moscoso ... Drunk
Eugenio Lobo Eugenio Lobo ... Stoned Man
Adriana Olivera Adriana Olivera ... Tango Student
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Storyline

In 1536, in Veracruz, Mexico, during the Inquisition, an alchemist builds a mysterious and sophisticated device named Cronos to provide eternal life to the owner. In the present days, the antiques dealer Jesus Gris finds Cronos hidden inside an ancient statue while cleaning it with his granddaughter Aurora. He accidentally triggers the device and soon his wife Mercedes and he note that he has a younger appearance. Out of the blue, the stranger Angel de la Guardia visits Gris's shop and buys the old statue. On the next day, Gris finds his shop trashed and Angel's card on the floor. He pays a visit to Angel that introduces him to the eccentric millionaire De la Guardia that explains the healing power and the eternal life given by Cronos. Angel is sent by De la Guardia to hunt down Gris to get Cronos no matter the costs. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Genres:

Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for horror violence and for language | See all certifications »

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Country:

Mexico

Language:

Spanish | English

Release Date:

May 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cronos See more »

Filming Locations:

Mexico

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$621,392
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Guillermo del Toro met with Universal (who later bought out the film's U.S. distributor, October Films) in late '93, where they told him they wanted to buy the rights to this film so they could remake it. del Toro's response was "Who wants to see Jack Lemmon lick blood off a bathroom floor?". See more »

Goofs

When Jesús searches for Aurora after she has taken the Cronos, as he walks through two doors, he stops. Behind him, reflected in the glass of the door, is crew and equipment. See more »

Quotes

Angel de la Guardia: [his Uncle calls him on his radio while he's trying to read] Fuck!
[answers it in a pleasant tone]
Angel de la Guardia: Yes, Uncle.
De la Guardia: Get up here immediately!
Angel de la Guardia: [turning away, seething in annoyance] Motherfucking cocksucking son of a bitch asshole pendejo!
De la Guardia: I want to know what happened!
Angel de la Guardia: [on the radio, pleasantly] Be right there.
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Crazy Credits

Dedicated to the memory of Josefina Camberos See more »

Alternate Versions

Some explicit nudity was added in the US video release. See more »

Connections

Referenced in A Night at the Movies: The Horrors of Stephen King (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Caminemos
Herivelto Martins y Alfredo Gil
(C) 1949, PHAM, Mexico
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a simply beautiful movie
15 May 2006 | by clementtuffreauSee all my reviews

Cronos is the first Guillermo Del Toro movie, and it is a great achievement. There's not much to say : it is a beautiful movie, a classical, beautiful and simple movie. There's some fantastic in it, but that's not all : the greatness of this movie is based on the characters : Ron Perlman and the man at the morgue are specially brilliant. It is dark, full of suspense, tensed, and extremely funny in the same time. With low budget and simple frames, Del Toro has managed to picture the true essence of cinema : a good story, good characters, and lots of blood, humor and cruelty. What else could we add ? Just watch this. This movie has been badly underrated. It is intelligent and honest. Far superior to lots of over intellectual or too much precious horror movies with over beautiful aesthetics. CRONOS is simply brilliant. Long life to Guillermo Del Toro !


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