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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Clara
... Esteban Trueba
... Blanca
... Pedro
... Tránsito
... Esteban Garcia
... Segundo (as Joaquin Martinez)
... Pancha
... Ferula
... Nana
António Assunção ... Man at Cattlemarket (as António Assumpção)
Julie Balloo ... Young Lady
Frank Baker ... Intelligence Officer
João Cabral ... Soldier
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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Drama | Romance

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

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1 April 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La casa de los espíritus  »

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Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$6,265,311
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2.35 : 1
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Annette Bening and Michelle Pfeiffer were considered for the role of Clara. See more »

Goofs

Alba is eating KFC, but the KFC name/logo wasn't adopted until the 1990s (it was formerly Kentucky Fried Chicken), it's in a basket instead of a box, and the chain wasn't franchised in South America in the 1970s anyway. See more »

Quotes

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

Referenced in Isabel Allende: An Extraordinary Life (1995) See more »

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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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a waste of time
9 September 2015 | by See all my reviews

This was a silly movie - the mother had to be at least 10 years younger than the father, and yet they had her age so much quicker and die first ??

The main character was a horrible man - and yet the mother says to the daughter, about the father, 'it isn't malice'... What !? He is nothing but malicious. The character was never shown to do one good thing.

There is no romanticism here... masochism maybe... He was a horrible man and I could see no reason why Clara would have loved him.

There was no point to this movie, unless it is to encourage women to punish themselves by loving evil men.

Watching this was a big waste of my time.


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