In 1714 Peru, a friar is tried by the Inquisition for questioning God's intentions when five die in the collapse of an Andean rope bridge.

Director:

Mary McGuckian

Writers:

Mary McGuckian, Thornton Wilder (novel)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
F. Murray Abraham ... Viceroy of Peru
Kathy Bates ... The Marquesa
Gabriel Byrne ... Brother Juniper
Geraldine Chaplin ... The Abbess
Robert De Niro ... Archbishop of Peru
Émilie Dequenne ... Doña Clara
Adriana Domínguez Adriana Domínguez ... Pepita
Harvey Keitel ... Uncle Pio
Samuel Le Bihan ... Dona Clara's Husband
Pilar López de Ayala ... Camila Villegas (La Perichola)
John Lynch ... Captain Alvarado
Dominique Pinon ... His Excellency's Fop
Mark Polish ... Manuel
Michael Polish ... Esteban
Jim Sheridan ... The King of Spain
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Storyline

In early 18th century Peru an old Inca rope bridge collapses, plunging five travelers to their deaths in the Andean chasm below. Brother Juniper, who was within minutes of being on the bridge himself, becomes obsessed with discovering how five people of differing class and circumstances came to be on the bridge at that moment. The Catholic friar wants to know if it was mere existential happenstance or part of God's cosmic plan. After researching the lives of the victims for five years and publishing his findings in a book, he is accused of heresy by the worldly Archbishop of Lima and is put on trial for his life by the Inquisition. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Five Lives Bound By One Fate.

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Drama | History | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements, some disturbing images and some sensuality | See all certifications »
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Robert De Niro and Harvey Keitel appeared in Mean Streets (1973), Taxi Driver (1976), Falling in Love (1984), Cop Land (1997), Little Fockers (2010), Arthur and the Invisibles (2006), and The Irishman (2018). See more »

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Obvious miniature when the ship carrying the Marquesa to Spain is seen. See more »

Quotes

Captain Alvarado: We do what we can! We push on, Esteban, as best we can, and it isn't for long as time keeps going by. You'll be surprisedat how quickly time passes.
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References La périchole, la chanteuse et le dictateur (2000) See more »

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Beautifully costumed, dreadfully miscast
22 February 2006 | by smasonncSee all my reviews

A cast of Oscar winners, based on a novel by Thornton Wilder...how could one go wrong? For starters, a script that sounded like gibberish had the actors spouting pages of dialog that sounded like they'd learned it phonetically.

Second, DeNiro must have done this because he needs the money, not because the work appealed to him. Even if he hadn't been phoning it in, his performance brought to mind that of Tony Curtis in Sparticus, "I yam a sing-ger of sawngs." Couldn't Oscar winner DeNiro spring for a few diction lessons to get rid of the accent? Harvey Keitel manage to suppress his accent more successfully, but whose idea was it to cast a couple of New York tough guy types as Peruvians?

This movie had potential, but it looked as if they put a reasonable sized production budget in the hands of people who became producers after successful careers in costume design and art direction. The costumes are beautiful and the film is handsomely shot. Unfortunately, they neglected to hire a screenwriter who could make sense of Wilder's very complex novel. The writer was just not up to the job. Maybe they ran out of money after all the beautiful sets and costumes had been assembled and just decided to have somebody's assistant crank out a script.

What a mess.


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Release Date:

22 December 2004 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

The Bridge of San Luis Rey See more »

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Obispo Square, Malaga, Spain See more »

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Budget:

$24,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,281, 12 June 2005

Gross USA:

$49,981

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,910,546
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