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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
2 nominations. See more awards »

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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 ... 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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An epic portrayal of Faith, Forgiveness and Redemption. 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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Goofs

The sub machine gun that the rebel leader Oriol takes from the wrecked combat car to pose with Ildiko is a Thompson M1 or M1-A1, as shown by the charging handle on the right and the simplified rear sight. This was not introduced until 1942, six years after the events in the movie. See more »

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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Special Collector's Edition: Matilda (2011) See more »

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13 July 2014 | by richard-tomkinsSee all my reviews

Nice cinematography. Weak script, Weak special effects. some dark scenes that didn't have to be.

The music, oh my horror, what can I say about the music. The swelling crescendos,everywhere, the loud volume, drowning out the dialog, and the most inappropriate music at the most inappropriate times, oh my horror, the most horrible music. After a half hour, I was left to myself to watch the thing, the music chased all the others away. Did I mention the music, oh my horror, the miserable horrible music, wrecking what could have been.

In the last half of the movie, I could see the actors were all tired of this, their efforts were drawn and tired, they had succumbed, they had had enough, long before the audience collapsed.

I'm sure the cutting room floor was littered with performances that were absolutely horrible, the actors were sick of this project and just wanted, no needed, to run away.

In Blu-Ray, at a cost of $2.99, cheaper than a bad movie at the theatre and I could at least drown myself in beer.


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Country:

Spain | USA | Argentina

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 USA:

$705,537, 8 May 2011

Gross USA:

$1,069,334

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,372,642
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Technical Specs

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| (DVD) | (re-edited)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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