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The Bridge of San Luis Rey (2004)

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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.

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Mary McGuckian

Writers:

Mary McGuckian, Thornton Wilder (novel)
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Cast

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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Taglines:

Five Lives Bound By One Fate.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements, some disturbing images and some sensuality | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK | Spain | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 December 2004 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

El puente de San Luis Rey See more »

Filming Locations:

Málaga, Andalucía, Spain See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$24,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,665, 17 June 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$42,880, 19 June 2005
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Director Allan Dwan planned to film this in 1960, but his producer had let the rights expire. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Archbishop of Peru: [to the Abbess] Fortunately I count the cessationn of these meetings as one of the benefits of dying.
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Referenced in Une américaine à Paris (2005) See more »

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The Bridge taken Once
30 October 2006 | by thinker1691See all my reviews

It is a well know fact that classic Books can become the foundation of a well rounded education. Read the book, absorb the knowledge and converse intelligent to other about them, and you will find yourself not only well read, but an erudite scholar. One such book for your edification is The Bridge of San Luis Rey. The book was Thornton Wilders' best work and earned him a Pulitizer Prize. When a great director takes a classic and ascribes to make a film, he must have all the ingredients for it. This novel, first hit the silver screen in 1928, with Henry Walthall, Lili Damita and Duncan Renaldo. It returned again in 1944 with Donald Woods and Joan Lorring. Result, a very good effort. I have seen each and yet the 2004 version is by far the best, perhaps due in part to the use of Technicolor. Adding to the newest version is the fantastic cast. This time, we have, F. Murray Abraham, who is devilishly duplicitous as the Viceroy of Peru. There is also Kathy Bates, who is marvelously convincing as The Marquesa. Geraldine Chaplin as The Abbess. Robert De Niro, plays the devil's disciple in both the political and religious arena as the Archbishop of Peru. Harvey Keitel is the sympathetic Uncle Pio. But the actor who steals the show is Gabriel Byrne who plays Brother Juniper. His rendition of the sympathetic, but tragic character is the stuff that warrants academy awards. With so much star power included is is difficult to understand why this film did not garner any. Nevertheless, the film is the best rendition of Wilders' book I've seen to date. It's worthy of viewing by any student in search of a true classic novel. ****


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