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There Be Dragons (2011)

PG-13 | | Biography, Drama, War | 25 March 2011 (Spain)
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Arising out of the horror of the Spanish Civil War, a candidate for canonization is investigated by a journalist who discovers his own estranged father had a deep, dark and devastating connection to the saint's life.

Director:

Roland Joffé

Writer:

Roland Joffé
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlie Cox ... Josemaría Escrivá
Wes Bentley ... Manolo Torres
Dougray Scott ... Roberto Torres
Rodrigo Santoro ... Oriol
Jordi Mollà ... Don José (as Jordi Mollá)
Derek Jacobi ... Honorio Soto
Golshifteh Farahani ... Leila
Geraldine Chaplin ... Abileyza
Unax Ugalde ... Pedro Casciano
Ana Torrent ... Doña Dolores
Charles Dance ... Monsignor Solano
Lily Cole ... Aline
Olga Kurylenko ... Ildiko
Alejandro Casaseca ... Jaime Torres
Yaiza Guimaré Yaiza Guimaré ... Pilar Torres
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Storyline

A young journalist long ago rejected by his now aged and dying father finds himself investigating one of his father's former friends, a candidate for canonization. Uncovering the two men's complicated relationship from childhood through the horrors of the Spanish Civil War unveils a compelling drama filled with passion, betrayal, love, and religion. An action packed story set during a murderous time in history that ultimately serves the present by revealing the importance and timeless power of forgiveness.

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Even saints have a past. See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence and combat sequences, some language and thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Country:

Spain | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 March 2011 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

There Be Dragons: Secrets of Passion See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$36,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,251,124 (Spain), 27 March 2011, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$705,537, 8 May 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,065,439, 29 May 2011
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| (DVD) | (re-edited)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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[first lines]
Title Card: All wars begin long before the first shot is fired and continue long after the last bullet has done its job.
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Alternate Versions

Because of poor box-office performance in 2011, the film was re-edited and re-released in the USA in 2012, under the title "There Be Dragons: Secrets of Passion". This new version is shorter (106 minutes) and has a new music scored by Robert Folk. See more »

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Boring, slow, apologetic, badly acted ... and boring at bit more
6 August 2011 | by vdmsssSee all my reviews

I found this film so pretentious in its aspiration and claims, so boring badly-acted and obviously propagandist in its execution to compel me to write my first review. (When I woke up after the big ZZzzz, I mean...) What it does is to paint a glorified history of the "Saint" and the birth of the Opus Dei, in pure ecclesiastic style, never mind historic accuracy.

It would still be all OK to me if the film had any cinematographic merits, if the acting was good, if dialogue was credible But it really isn't (e.g., "I wasn't allowed to play with Jose Maria anymore, my father thought poverty was contagious... My dad had more money, ... but Jose Maria had more dad." Excuse me! And also: "Like or not, most young men were celibate, at least as a priest you got paid for it". What? Excuse me!)

So, my advice is: really don't waste your two hours trying to stay awake during this: if you're interested in the Opus Dei and Escriva De Balaguer, find a more serious and reliable source, if you only want to go the movies, find a better film. This one should stay in the religious circles were it belongs, not in theatres.


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