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Cronos (1993)

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

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Guillermo del Toro
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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 ... Manuelito
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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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:

Fantasy | Horror

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

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Trivia

Guillermo del Toro: In the begining of the film, walking a dog in front of Jesús Gris house with his real life wife. See more »

Goofs

When Angel (Ron Perlman) jumps happy celebrating his uncle is finally dead, he cheers 'Merry Christmas' which has no sense since he 'killed' Jesus (Federico Luppi) in New Year's Eve. 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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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 »

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Die Schöne Müllerin
Franz Schubert
Arreglov: Charlotte Georg (as Lee Ashley) BMI
Editor: Software Music BMI
Cortesia de Capitol Productions Music - Ole Georg
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Gruesome, Violent, Weird and Bizarre
9 May 2015 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

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 (Federico Luppi) finds Cronos hidden inside an ancient statue while cleaning it with his granddaughter Aurora (Tamara Shanath). He accidentally triggers the device and soon his wife Mercedes (Margarita Isabel) and he note that he has a younger appearance.

Out of the blue, the stranger Angel de la Guardia (Ron Perlman) 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 (Claudio Brook) 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.

"Cronos" is a horror movie by Guillermo del Toro with a gruesome, violent, weird and bizarre story. The lead character becomes a vampire after accidentally triggering an ancient device. The obsession of a dying man for the Cronos leaves a path of violence trying to hunt down the owner of the device. The great expectations for a movie by Guillermo del Toro and released by Criterion is a little disappointing, despite the originality, performances and cinematography. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Cronos"


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Country:

Mexico

Language:

Spanish | English

Release Date:

May 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Mexico

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,538, 3 April 1994

Gross USA:

$621,392

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$621,392
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Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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