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The House of the Spirits (1993)

R | | Drama, Romance | 1 April 1994 (USA)
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A rancher, his clairvoyant wife and their family face turbulent years in South America in this adaptation of Isabel Allende's best-seller.

Director:

Bille August

Writers:

Isabel Allende (novel), Bille August
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Meryl Streep ... Clara
Jeremy Irons ... Esteban Trueba
Winona Ryder ... Blanca
Antonio Banderas ... Pedro
Maria Conchita Alonso ... Tránsito
Vincent Gallo ... Esteban Garcia
Joaquín Martínez ... Segundo (as Joaquin Martinez)
Sarita Choudhury ... Pancha
Glenn Close ... Ferula
Miriam Colon ... Nana
António Assunção António Assunção ... Man at Cattlemarket (as António Assumpção)
Julie Balloo Julie Balloo ... Young Lady
Frank Baker Frank Baker ... Intelligence Officer
João Cabral João Cabral ... Soldier
Carlos César Carlos César ... Ambassador's Driver
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Storyline

Chile, second half of the 20th century. The poor Esteban marries Clara and they get a daughter, Blanca. Esteban works hard and eventually gets money to buy a hacienda, eventually to become a local patriarch. He becomes very conservative and is feared by his workers. When Blanca grows up, she falls in love with a young revolutionary, Pedro, who urges the workers to fight for socialism. It is unavoidable that Pedro and Esteban are pitted against each other. Esteban tries to stop the love affair between Pedro and his daughter by all means possible but soon Blanca becomes pregnant and has a daughter. The void between father and daughter seems unbridgeable when Blanca moves in with Pedro. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexuality, and for violence | See all certifications »

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Portugal | Germany | Denmark | USA | France

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

1 April 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La casa de los espíritus See more »

Filming Locations:

Cabo Espichel, Portugal See more »

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Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$6,265,311
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The cast includes many actors who appeared in films with Anthony Hopkins: Vanessa Redgrave in Howards End (1992), Jeremy Irons in A Chorus of Disapproval (1989), Antonio Banderas in The Mask of Zorro (1998) and Winona Ryder in Dracula (1992). See more »

Goofs

The fascist coup in Chile took place on September 11, 1973 which might have been a little early to do Christmas shopping and put up decorations. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Esteban Trueba: It's good to be back.
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Alternate Versions

In France, the opening sequence of the movie is really different than in other countries. The movie is approx. 10 minutes shorter that the other versions See more »

Connections

References The Elephant Man (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

Chant Funéraire, op. 117
(uncredited)
Composed by Gabriel Fauré
Performed by La Musique des gardiens de la paix
Published by Durand S.A. Editions Musicales
Courtesy of Arpège S.a.r.l.
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great book, pretty good movie
26 April 2001 | by heynow456See all my reviews

The book was fabulous and remains one of my favorites. The movie, for some reason reminded me of "The Thorn Birds"--I guess because I felt so much was left out, and it would have been better as a mini-series.

The book evokes a much more magical, mythical, and "Spirit"-ual feeling that reflects the special flavor of life in South America, especially with Clara having green hair, and more powers in the book. A lot of that feeling is left out of the movie.

However, the movie mostly makes up for this lack in the extremely vivid presentation of the characters' emotions.


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