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The Grandfather (1998)

El abuelo (original title)
PG | | Drama | 30 October 1998 (Spain)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Don Rodrigo de Arista Potestad
... Don Pío Coronado
... Doña Lucrecia Richmond
... Senén Corchado
Cristina Cruz ... Dolly
Alicia Rozas ... Nelly
... Alcalde de Jerusa
Francisco Piquer ... Prior de Zaratay
María Massip ... Gregoria
José Caride ... Venancio
Francisco Algora ... Don Carmelo
... Vicenta, la alcaldesa
... Don Salvador, médico
Concha Gómez Conde ... Doña Consuelito
Nuria Rodríguez ... Criada
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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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Rated PG for thematic elements and language | See all certifications »
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30 October 1998 (Spain)  »

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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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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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Featured in The 71st Annual Academy Awards (1999) See more »

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Nimrod
By Edward Elgar
Performed by Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid
Conducted by Ángel Gil Ordóñez
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Why do we always try to change the people we love?
21 February 2010 | by See all my reviews

This is a period piece bringing together some of the greatest writers, directors, and actors of the Spanish theater.

Benito Pérez Galdós' novel was first made into film in 1925, five years after his death. Galdos has written many works that have made it to film, and the fact that one is redone is testament to his writing skill.

José Luis Garci is one of Spain's greatest writers and directors, and has many shelves full of awards to prove it.

Fernando Fernán Gómez, who plays the lead in this film, also has shelves full of awards for his acting (over 200 roles), writing, and directing skills. He plays a man who returns from Peru determined to find his rightful heir between the daughters of his philandering daughter-in-law (Cayetana Guillén Cuervo).

This is not an easy task as he is broke and his daughter-in-law has the whole town on her side because of the money her husband left her.

The scene where he called them all out was magnificent! The scene where his granddaughter Dolly (Cristina Cruz) laid down the law was breathtaking.

This was a beautiful film that my poor words cannot even begin to describe.


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