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The Grandfather (1998)

El abuelo (original title)
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After his son dies, an elderly man comes back to Spain from the US and hopes to find out which of his granddaughters is true, and which one is bastard.

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José Luis Garci
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 9 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Fernando Fernán Gómez ... Don Rodrigo de Arista Potestad
Rafael Alonso ... Don Pío Coronado
Cayetana Guillén Cuervo ... Doña Lucrecia Richmond
Agustín González ... Senén Corchado
Cristina Cruz Cristina Cruz ... Dolly
Alicia Rozas Alicia Rozas ... Nelly
Fernando Guillén ... Alcalde de Jerusa
Francisco Piquer Francisco Piquer ... Prior de Zaratay
María Massip María Massip ... Gregoria
José Caride José Caride ... Venancio
Francisco Algora Francisco Algora ... Don Carmelo
Emma Cohen ... Vicenta, la alcaldesa
Juan Calot ... Don Salvador, médico
Concha Gómez Conde Concha Gómez Conde ... Doña Consuelito
Nuria Rodríguez Nuria Rodríguez ... Criada
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Storyline

An elderly man returns to Spain after spent some time in Peru looking for gold mines and losing his fortune. He returns because his son has died leaving two daughters, and the son has left a note stating that one of the two is a bastard child. The grandfather hopes to find out which is his true granddaughter. Written by <Bondelev@usc.edu>

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements and language | See all certifications »
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Country:

Spain

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

30 October 1998 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

The Grandfather See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

ESP 400,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,726, 10 October 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$50,037, 31 October 1999
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Rafael Alonso died before he complete dubbing of his character, dubbing actor Félix Acaso did his voice. See more »

Quotes

Don Rodrigo de Arista Potestad: Villainy is forgivable. Ingratitude, never.
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Connections

Version of La duda (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

Gymnopédie
By Erik Satie
Arranged by Manuel Balboa
Performed by Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid
Conducted by Ángel Gil Ordóñez
Piano soloist: Liliam María Castillo (as Lilian Castillo)
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Best Spanish writer + Best actors + Best director = Great movie
5 February 2001 | by supertotonSee all my reviews

Benito Pérez Galdós is considered (with Miguel de Cervantes) the best Spanish writer and, in fact, if you read one of his books I assure you'll read more. Adapted by lots of directors, like Luis Buñuel, now was the time of the greatest Spanish director alive (José Luis Garci) to film one of the prettiest dramas ever made. And for "The Grandfather" José Luis Garci had the help of a genius (not only an actor, also a writer, director, ...): Fenando Fernán Gómez, his name is a legend alive. So with the text of Galdós, the art of Garci and the character of Fernán Gómez what can you have? A piece of art.


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