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The Devil's Backbone ()

El espinazo del diablo (original title)
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After Carlos - a 12-year-old whose father has died in the Spanish Civil War - arrives at an ominous boys' orphanage, he discovers the school is haunted and has many dark secrets that he must... See more »

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Carmen
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Jacinto
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Dr. Casares
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Carlos
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Jaime
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Conchita
José Manuel Lorenzo ...
Marcelo
Francisco Maestre ...
El Puerco (as Paco Maestre)
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Santi
Berta Ojea ...
Alma
Adrián Lamana ...
Gálvez
Daniel Esparza ...
Marcos
Javier Bódalo ...
Búho (as Javier González Madrigal)
Víctor Elías
Álvaro Vega
Jonás Batuecas
Daniel Cuño
Rubén Escamilla
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Santi
Adrián Serna
Javier González Sánchez ...
Owl
Álvaro Román
Mikel Selles
Leandro Tejada
Izan Checa
Víctor Barroso ...
Luis
Mario Barroso
Francisco Fernández
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Christopher Downs ...
Fusilado (uncredited)
Jaime Fernández-Cid Buscató ...
Fusilado (uncredited)
Martín Hernández ...
Octavio (uncredited)

Directed by

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Guillermo del Toro

Written by

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Guillermo del Toro ... (written by) and
Antonio Trashorras ... (written by) &
David Muñoz ... (written by)

Produced by

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Agustín Almodóvar ... producer
Pedro Almodóvar ... executive producer
Rosa Bosch ... co-producer
Guillermo del Toro ... executive producer
Bertha Navarro ... producer
Michel Ruben ... associate producer

Music by

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Javier Navarrete

Cinematography by

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Guillermo Navarro

Film Editing by

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Luis de la Madrid

Editorial Department

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Felisa Catalinas ... negative cutter
Adoración G. Elipe ... assistant editor
Ximo Michavila ... telecine colorist
Laura Montesinos ... assistant editor
Guillermo Peña Jr. ... telecine
Bernat Vilaplana ... assistant editor

Casting By

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Sara Bilbatua

Production Design by

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César Macarrón

Set Decoration by

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Pilar Revuelta ... (as María del Pilar Revuelta)

Costume Design by

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José Vico

Makeup Department

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Paula Cruz ... make-up and hair assistant
Fermín Galán ... hair stylist
Manuela Guzmán ... make-up and hair assistant
Jorge Hernández Lobo ... makeup artist (as Jorge Hernández)
David Martí ... special makeup supervisor

Production Management

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Sergio Díaz ... assistant production manager
Esther García ... production supervisor
Toni Novella ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Jorge Dorado ... third assistant director (as Jorge C. Dorado)
Christopher Downs ... director trainee
Covadonga R. Gamboa ... second assistant director
Pedro Lazaga ... first assistant director
Luisfer Machi ... third assistant director
Jesús Salcedo ... director trainee
Xavier M. Sotelo ... trainee assistant director (uncredited)
Jose Francisco de Diego ... director trainee (uncredited)

Art Department

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Francisco Escriba ... set dresser
Carlos García Campillo ... assistant set dresser
Ángel García Palmeiro ... property master
Enrique García ... set constructor
Carlos Giménez ... storyboard artist
Pedro Hernández ... carpenter
Tatiana Hernández ... assistant decorator
Kike Melia ... set dresser
Aitor Mendizábal ... trainee set decorator (as Aitor Mendizabal)
Angela Nahum ... trainee set decorator
Pablo Naveda ... set dresser
Leoncio Vicente ... painter
Tania Whalbeck ... art assistant (as Tanja Wahlbeck)

Sound Department

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Jaime Fernández ... boom operator
Jaime Fernández-Cid Buscató ... boom operator (as Jaime Fernández-Cid)
Diego Garrido ... sound mixing technician
Ray Gillon ... re-recording mixer
Manel López ... assistant sound editor
Salva Mayolas ... sound recordist (as Salvador Mayolas)
Iván Mayoral ... adr recordist
Miguel Rejas ... sound
David Rodríguez ... assistant boom operator
Ian Sasplugas ... sound effects editor / sound recordist
Oriol Tarragó ... sound editor
Edgar Vidal ... sound effects assistant
Kiku Vidal ... foley artist
Ricardo Viñas ... dolby sound consultant

Special Effects by

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Reyes Abades ... mechanical effects
Carmen Aguirre ... special effects art director
Ángel Alonso ... special effects technician (as Angel Alonso)
Arturo Balseiro ... special effects makeup (as Arturo Balceiro)
Xavi Bastida ... special effects makeup
Juan Carlos Corroto ... special effects technician
José M. Meneses ... special effects technician: DDT
Alfonso Nieto ... special effects supervisor
Juan Serrano ... special effects technician: Reyes Abades SFX

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Nike Alonso ... CGI assistant production
Helmuth Barnert ... digital compositor
Raúl Batanero ... CGI operator
Juan Bosco ... Avid digital effects
Juanjo Carretero ... digital effects technician
Gonzalo Carrión ... matchmove artist
Gonzalo Carssón ... CGI operator
Segundo Casero ... CGI chief operator
Nacho Cepero ... digital compositor
René Chesta ... CGI operator
Daniel de Madrid ... backdraft
Juan del Pozo ... digital compositor
Manuel Delgado ... digital compositor
Alejandro Dupry ... Avid digital effects
Eduardo Díaz ... CGI operator
David Fernández Girón ... CGI operator
Daniel Fernández ... CGI operator (as Daniel Fernández Parra)
Gabriel Garrido ... digital compositor
Iñaki Gil ... CGI chief operator
Noelia Gorrón ... digital effects producer
Enrique Jiménez ... digital effects technician (as Kike Jiménez)
Isidro Jiménez ... digital compositor
Antonio Lado ... CGI operator
Pablo Martín ... CGI operator
Carlos Matella ... digital compositor
Patricia Matiskei ... digital compositor
Gonzalo Moure ... digital compositor
Javier Nuñez ... CGI chief of production
Raul Ortego ... digital compositor
Emilio Pérez ... digital compositor
Álvaro Rodríguez ... digital effects producer (as Alvaro Rodríguez)
Emilio Ruiz del Río ... modeler (as Emilio Ruiz)
Raúl Sánchez ... digital compositor
Silvia Torralba ... digital effects producer
Carlos Trijueque ... digital compositor
Antonio Ubeda ... CGI operator (as Antonio Úbeda)
Jon Uriarte ... CGI operator
Rodrigo Vega ... CGI operator
Óscar Villalba ... backdraft
Jesús Álvarez ... visual effects
Úrsula García ... visual effects coordinator: pre-production (uncredited)

Stunts

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Sergio Atanes ... stunt coordinator
Silvia Carballo ... stunts
Ricardo Cruz ... stunts
María José García ... stunts
Salvador Martos Manson ... stunts (as Salvador Martos)
Andreas Muñoz ... stunts

Camera and Electrical Department

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Javier Aguado ... electrician
Óscar Aguado ... electrician
Alberto Arnal ... electrician (as José Alberto Arnal)
Enrique Bello ... grip
Fernando Beltrán ... electrician
Miguel Bracho ... still photographer
Silvia Camacho ... video technician
Pablo Carrión ... electrician
Antonio de Benito ... electrician
José Ramón Delgado ... first assistant camera
David Domínguez ... second unit: assistant camera
José Manuel González ... electrician
José Manuel Herrero ... underwater camera operator
Joaquín Manchado ... camera operator / steadicam
Raúl Manchado ... second assistant camera: first unit
Antonio Martínez Roque ... grip (as Antonio Martínez)
José Luis Martínez ... electrician
Carlos Miguel ... key grip
Roberto Miguel ... second assistant camera: second unit
José Luis Molero ... electrician
David Rengel ... trainee assistant camera
Raúl Rodríguez ... electrician
Marcelino San Eugenio ... electrician
Alberto Sánchez Beltrán ... electrician (as Alberto Sánchez)
Anselmo Villalba ... grip

Casting Department

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Cristina Perales ... casting assistant
Macarena Pombo ... casting assistant

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Rocío Redondo ... wardrobe assistant
Mercedes Sanz ... wardrobe coordinator

Location Management

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Chus San Pascual ... location scout

Music Department

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Martina Cigerová ... musician: oboe
José Luis Crespo ... music mixer
Jaroslava Eliasová ... musician: piano
Martin Hubsch ... musician: oboe
Mario Klemens ... conductor
Pedro Navarrete ... music assistant
Radovan Sancera ... musician: concertino
Rubén Suárez ... assistant music mixer

Other crew

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Alfonso Aguirre ... technical director
Conchita Araña ... trainee production assistant (as Conchita R. Araña)
Yuyi Beringola ... script supervisor
Yolanda Cáceres ... technical director
Fabio Diéguez ... animal trainer coordinator
Adela Donamaría ... production secretary
Sergio Díaz ... assistant production manager
Nuria García Atienza ... marketing: Sogecine (as Nuria Garcia Atienza)
Lola García ... office chief
Marga García ... marketing
Antonio Giménez ... marketing
Beatriz Gordo ... cashier
Emma Matamoros ... production staff
Inés Miruri ... child coach
Yuriria Montero ... assistant: Tequila Gang
Rafael Pajares ... production assistant
Ana Sanz ... secretary to producer
Rosa María Serrano ... assistant accountant (as Rosa Mª Serrano)
Paz Sufrategui ... publicist
Francisco Sánchez Ortiz ... marketing director
Antonia Sánchez ... nurse
Nicolás Tapia ... production assistant
Óscar Valero ... administrator (as Oscar Valero)
François Vila ... press agent

Thanks

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Juan Carlos Doadrio ... thanks
Nicolás Díaz Chico ... thanks
Laura Esquivel ... thanks
Delfín Prieto ... thanks
José Salcedo ... thanks

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

It is 1939, the end of three years of bloody civil war in Spain, and General Franco's right-wing Nationalists are poised to defeat the left-wing Republican forces. A ten-year-old boy named Carlos, the son of a fallen Republican war hero, is left by his tutor in an orphanage in the middle of nowhere. The orphanage is run by a curt but considerate headmistress named Carmen and a kindly Professor Casares, both of whom are sympathetic to the doomed Republican cause. Despite their concern for him, and his gradual triumph over the usual schoolhouse bully, Carlos never feels completely comfortable in his new environment. First of all, there was that initial encounter with the orphanage's nasty caretaker, Jacinto, who reacts even more violently when anyone is caught looking around a particular storage room the one with the deep well. Second, and more inexplicable, is the presence of a ghost, one of the former occupants of the orphanage named Santi. Not long after Carlos' arrival, Santi latches onto Carlos, badgering him incessantly at night and gloomily intoning, "Many of you will die." As if that wasn't enough to keep the orphanage's occupants in an unrelenting state of terror, there's the un-exploded bomb that dominates the orphanage's courtyard, still ticking away; With the orphanage left defenseless by its isolation, and the swift progression of Franco's troops, the ghost's prediction seems depressingly accurate. Nevertheless, with every step of the plot, it becomes apparent that the ghost's predictions as to who (or what) will die, the real source of danger and even the definition of death itself may be more ambiguous than first thought. Written by Anonymous

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Taglines The living will always be more dangerous than the dead. See more »
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Also Known As
  • The Devil's Backbone (United States)
  • The Devil's Backbone (World-wide, English title)
  • The Devil's Backbone (Europe, English title)
  • The Devil's Backbone (United Kingdom)
  • L'échine du diable (France)
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  • 106 min
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Budget $4,500,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Described by Guillermo del Toro as being a sibling film to Pan's Labyrinth (2006) (this being the masculine "brother" film, and Pan's as the feminine "sister" film). See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Part II: 75-51 (2004). See more »
Soundtracks Una lágrima See more »
Crazy Credits For my parents See more »
Quotes [first lines]
[voice over narration]
Casares: What is a ghost? A tragedy condemned to repeat itself time and again? An instant of pain, perhaps. Something dead which still seems to be alive. An emotion suspended in time. Like a blurred photograph. Like an insect trapped in amber.
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