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Cronos ()


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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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Jesus Gris
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Angel de la Guardia
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De la Guardia
Margarita Isabel ...
Mercedes
Tamara Xanath ...
Aurora (as Tamara Shanath)
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Tito
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Alchemist
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Manuelito
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Funeral Director
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Narrator (voice)
Luis Rodríguez ...
Buyer
Javier Álvarez ...
Bleeding Man
Gerardo Moscoso ...
Drunk
Eugenio Lobo ...
Stoned Man
Adriana Olivera ...
Tango Student
Clementina Rojas ...
Tango Student
Tzinia Salgado ...
Tango Student
Luis de Icaza ...
Tango Student
Jorge Bolada ...
Tango Student
Ignacio Raiz Oviedo ...
Tango Student
Napo ...
Mimo (as Francisco Sánchez)
Laurencio Cordero ...
Watchman
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Man Walking Dog (uncredited)

Directed by

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Guillermo del Toro

Written by

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Guillermo del Toro ... (written by)

Produced by

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Rafael Cruz ... associate producer
Arthur Gorson ... producer (as Arthur H. Gorson)
Francisco Murguía ... co-producer (uncredited)
Bertha Navarro ... producer
Bernard L. Nussbaumer ... co-producer
Julio Solórzano Foppa ... associate producer (as Julio Solorzano Foppa)
Alejandro Springall ... co-producer
Jorge Sánchez ... associate producer (as Jorge Sanchez)

Music by

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Javier Álvarez ... (as Javier Alvarez)

Cinematography by

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Guillermo Navarro ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Raúl Dávalos ... (as Raul Davalos)

Editorial Department

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Jennifer Dolce ... first assistant editor
Phyllis Housen ... second assistant editor
Michael McCann ... negative cutter (as Mike McCann)
Paul O'Bryan ... associate editor
Chuck Winston ... color and lights supervisor

Casting By

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Claudia Becker
Marissa Iglesias

Production Design by

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Tolita Figuero ... (as Tolita Figueroa)

Art Direction by

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Brigitte Broch

Costume Design by

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Genoveva Petitpierre

Makeup Department

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M. Carvajal ... special makeup
Luis Horcacitas ... prosthetics (as Luis Horcasitas) / wigs (as Luis Horcasitas)
Lorenza Newton ... special makeup assistant
Julieta Nápoles ... makeup and hair (as Julieta Napoles)
Rigo Mora ... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)

Production Management

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Matthias Ehrenberg ... production manager
Isaac Pineda ... unit manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Andres Ortega ... third assistant director
Batan Silva ... first assistant director (as Sebastian Silva)
Joaquin Silva ... second assistant director

Art Department

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Ana Acevedo ... finishing: archangel
Ana Barreto ... special props
Francisco Bernal ... designer: invention interior / sculptor
M. Carvajal ... designer: insect / sculptor: insect
Carlos Clausell ... special decoration
Jose Cruz ... constructor
Jaime De Anda ... sculptor: archangel
Andrea Del Moral ... art assistant
Felipe Ehrenberg ... designer: diary
Carlos Espinosa ... sculptor
María Figueroa ... art designer (as Maria Figueroa)
Jose Fors ... designer: invention exterior, insect (as Jose Fors) / sculptor: insect
Benigno Fuentes ... constructor
Sergio Fuentes ... constructor
Angelica Garcia ... art assistant
Daniel Hernan ... constructor
Ria Lewerke ... graphic designer
Eduardo Lopez ... property master
Rigo Mora ... construction supervisor: invention interior (as Rigoberto Mora)
Guillermo Newton ... designer: invention mechanisms, insect / sculptor: insect
Micaela Osmick ... finishing: archangel
Salvador Parra ... props construction
Ruben Rivera ... designer: invention exterior and mechanisms
Ruben Rodarte ... constructor
Luis Rodriguez ... constructor
Alfonso Rojas ... constructor
Alberto Salcedo ... sculptor
Pilar De Burgos ... sculptor of the angels (uncredited)
Gilberto Aviña Gómez ... art apprentice (uncredited) / art department (uncredited)
Jorge Siller ... art apprentice (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Paul Aronoff ... foley mixer
John Asman ... re-recording mixer (as John B. Asman)
Nerio Barberis ... adr: Argentina
Bruce W. Bell ... supervising sound executive
Thomas Burke ... sound editor
Andre Caporaso ... sound editor
Joe Carey ... sound editor (as Joseph Carey)
Clark Conrad ... sound editor
Fernando Cámara ... sound (as Fernando Camara)
Miguel De Luna ... adr: Mexico
Thom 'Coach' Ehle ... sound supervisor: dolby stereo (as Thom Ehle)
David E. Fluhr ... re-recording mixer
Gary Gelfand ... sound editor
George R. Groves Jr. ... re-recording mixer
Stephen Grubbs ... sound editor
Michael Gutierrez ... sound editor
Phil Jamtaas ... sound editor (as Philip Jamtaas)
Joseph A. Johnston ... sound editor
Jay Jones ... sound engineer
Lloyd Keiser ... sound editor (as Lloyd Kaiser)
John Kincade ... sound editor
Dean Minnerly ... foley artist (as Dean P. Minnerly)
Robert Muchnicki ... foley artist
Todd Niesen ... sound editor
Eric A. Norris ... sound editor (as Eric Norris)
Santiago Núñez ... sound assistant
Craig M. Otte ... sound editor (as Craig Otte)
Jorge Palomino ... boom operator
John Reiner ... adr mixer (as John F. Reiner)
Randal S. Thomas ... sound editor (as Randal Thomas)
Larry Tozzi ... Director of Post Sound
Burton Weinstein ... supervising sound editor (as Burton M. Weinstein)
Randal S. Thomas ... dialogue editor (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Laurencio Cordero ... special effects
Manuel Cordero ... special effects assistant
Pedro González ... special effects assistant (as Pedro Gonzalez)

Visual Effects by

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Bob Hill ... camera operator: titles design
Donna Kaufman ... titles designer
William Koshowany ... compositor: titles design (as Bill Koshowany)
Lee Lusk ... optical supervisor
Alan G. Markowitz ... camera operator: titles design (as Alan Markowitz)
Phil Meador ... supervisor: titles design (as Philip Meador)
James Seltenreich ... compositor: titles design (as Jim Seltenreich)

Stunts

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Javier Lambert ... stunts
Gerardo Moreno ... stunt coordinator
Gerardo Soto Jr. ... stunts

Camera and Electrical Department

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Benito Aguilar ... electrician
Ricardo Arvizu ... grip
David Capistrán ... still photographer (as David Capistran)
Tiburcio Carabes ... generator operator
Fernando Díaz Torres ... third assistant camera (as Fernando Diaz)
Luis Garcia ... still photographer
Jesus Gonzalez ... electrician
Ricardo Hernández ... grip (as Ricardo Hernandez)
Gerardo Manjarrez ... second assistant camera
Carlos Marcovich ... second camera
Noe Muñoz ... grip
Salomon Ordoñez ... dolly grip
Rafael Ortega ... first assistant camera
Eduardo Oviedo ... electrician
Patricio Pereda ... grip
Alejandro Rangel ... electrician
Juan Carlos Rodríguez ... grip (as Juan Carlos Rodriguez)
Carlos Sanchez ... electrician
Enrique Sanchez ... chief electrician
Erick Sanudo ... video operator (as Erick Sañudo)
Ernesto Serrano ... electrician
Sergio Suaste ... gaffer
Humberto Sánchez ... grip (as Humberto Sanchez)
Jaime Trejo ... hmi operator
Fernando Díaz Torres ... video assist operator (uncredited)
Carlos Silva ... electrician swing (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Federico Castillo ... costume supervisor
María de Jesús Luna ... costume assistant (as Maria De Jesus Luna)

Location Management

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Pablo Buelna ... location manager

Music Department

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Ian Belton ... musician: violin
Paul Cassidy ... musician: viola
John Davies ... sound engineer
Ralph De Souza ... musician: violin
Ian Dearden ... musical producer
Neil Evans ... musician: french horn
Ricardo Gallardo ... musician: marimba, precussions and vocals
Lynda Houghton ... musician: double bass
Maria Huesca ... musician: additional vocals
Paul Jackson ... composer's assistant
Helen Kamminga ... musician: viola
Kevin M. Kern ... music editor (as Kevin Kern)
Jacqueline McCreadie ... musician: violin
Ian Mitchell ... musician: clarinet, bass clarinet
Bruce Robbins ... recording assistant
J. Stephen Soles ... music supervisor (as Steven Soles)
Michael Thomas ... musician: violin
Jonathan Tunnell ... musician: cello (as Jonathan Tunnel)
Javier Álvarez ... music director (as Javier Alvarez) / musician: clarinet and vocals (as Javier Alvarez)

Script and Continuity Department

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Mariana Gironella ... script supervisor
Valentina Leduc Navarro ... script supervisor (as Valentina Leduc)

Transportation Department

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Agustín Acevedo ... transportation (as Agustin Acevedo)
Mario Aguilar ... driver
Felipe Alcantara ... driver
Efraín Alfaro ... driver (as Efrain Alfaro)
Salvador Anacleto ... driver
Dionisio Bolaños ... driver
Ricardo Chavez ... driver
Jose Gonzalez ... driver
Ruben Gonzalez ... driver
Oscar Hernandez ... driver
Juan Manuel Jimenez ... driver
Eduardo Martinez ... driver
Angel Mendoza ... driver
Alfredo Paez ... driver
Federico Perez ... driver
Miguel Angel Quintanar ... driver
Arturo Reyes ... driver
Carlos Silva ... driver
Gonzalo Tapia ... driver
Javier Vazquez ... driver

Additional Crew

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Rodrigo Alvarez ... production assistant
Arnulfo Arroyo ... personal assistant: Ms. Navarro
Juan Ascencio ... jeweller
Jaime Bizarro ... jeweller
Silvia Bravo ... logistics
Yvette Brestyanszky ... production coordinator: U.S.
Alida Castellán ... production accountant (as Alida Castelan)
Anthony Cortés ... trainer: Mr. Perlman (as Anthony Cortes)
Luz Maria Dominguez ... chaperone: Ms. Tamara Shanath
Alejandro Espinosa ... supervisor: RTC
Antonio Flores ... security
Juan Carlos Garrido ... production assistant
Luis Gomez Murguia ... security
Robert O. Kaplan ... legal advisor
Enrique Mariño ... entomologist (as Dr. Enrique Mariño)
Gerardo Moscoso ... medic
Nuri Palacios ... production assistant
Lourdes Perez Nido ... production administrator
Sunil Perkash ... production coordinator: U.S.
Celestino Sanchez ... security
Esther Soler ... choreographer
Sachiko Uzeta ... production coordinator
Norberto Nava ... security coordinator (uncredited)

Thanks

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Pedro Armendáriz Jr. ... special thanks
Lance Bird ... special thanks
Josefina Camberos ... dedicated to the memory of
James Cameron ... special thanks
Alfonso Cuarón ... special thanks
Alex del Toro ... special thanks
Emilio Echevarría ... special thanks
Robert Littman ... special thanks
Emilio Navarro ... dedicatee
Carlos Slim ... special thanks (as Ing. Carlos Slim)

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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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Taglines The secret of immortality is living inside the Cronos device. See more »
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Also Known As
  • La invención de Cronos (Mexico)
  • Хронос (Russia)
  • Hronos (Serbia)
  • 魔鬼銀爪 (Taiwan)
  • Хронос (Ukraine)
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Runtime
  • 94 min
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Budget $2,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia In an interview included on the Criterion edition of this movie, Ron Perlman talks about how Angel was meant to speak Spanish fluently. Ron Perlman tried this, but Guillermo del Toro found his reading to be completely unusable. So, the character was changed to an expatriated American who so hates being in Mexico, that what little Spanish he speaks is deliberately spoken poorly. 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Masters of Horror (2002). See more »
Soundtracks Die Schöne Müllerin See more »
Quotes [discussing why Deiter wants the Cronos]
Jesus Gris: He thinks it will help him live longer.
Angel de la Guardia: [laughs] That fucker does nothing but shit and piss all day, and he wants to live longer?
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