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The Queen of Spain (2016)

La reina de España (original title)
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Nearly twenty years after the events of "The Girl of Your Dreams", in the 1950s, Macarena Granada, who has become a Hollywood star, returns to Spain to film a blockbuster about Queen Isabella I of Castile.


Fernando Trueba


Fernando Trueba
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Penélope Cruz ... Macarena Granada
Antonio Resines ... Blas Fontiveros
Neus Asensi ... Lucía Gandía
Ana Belén ... Ana
Javier Cámara ... Pepe Bonilla
Chino Darín ... Leo
Cary Elwes ... Gary Jones
Loles León ... Trini Morenos
Mandy Patinkin ... Jordan Berman
Clive Revill ... John Scott
Arturo Ripstein ... Sam Spiegelman
Jorge Sanz ... Julián Torralba
Rosa Maria Sardà ... Rosa Rosales (as Rosa María Sardà)
Santiago Segura ... Castillo
Antonio Buíl ... Santiago (as Antonio Buil Pueyo)


We are immersed in the 1950s, as the film diva Macarena Granada returns from Hollywood to Spain to shoot a US blockbuster entitled The Queen of Spain, where she will breathe life into Isabella I of Castile. In Madrid, not only will she meet up again with her old friends and colleagues from the troupe but she will also have to contend with another dictatorial regime: that of Francisco Franco. Written by AnonymousB

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Lights. Camera. Distraction.


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Mandy Patinkin and Cary Elwes previously started together in The Princess Bride (1987) as Inigo Montoya and Westley, respectively. See more »


The film takes place in 1956, but in Macarena's dressing room there is a poster of the film El sol sale todos los días, that was released on January 1958. See more »


Follows The Girl of Your Dreams (1998) See more »


Written by Agustín Lara and Dorothy Dodd
Performed by Penélope Cruz
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The misadventures of a Spanish crew during the filming of an American movie in 1950's Spain.
12 September 2017 | by gradyharpSee all my reviews

Writer/Director Fernando Trueba (Belle Epoque, The Girl of Your Dreams, The Artist and the Model) revives the storyline and characters of The Girl of Your Dreams and places the tale (and stars from the original) in a slovenly montage of Span in the time of Franco. It desperately needs an editor.

Briefly the story relates Penélope Cruz, as the famous movie star Macarena Granada, who flees the glitz and glamour of 1950s Hollywood to return to her roots in Spain where she has signed on to star in an epic film as Queen Isabella of Spain. Some would say it is enough simply to see Penélope Cruz on screen (she remains extraordinarily beautiful), but the story is so overwritten with meaningless side plots that make the very very long film become quite boring.

There are some fine actors involved – Mandy Patikin, Clive Revill, Antonio Resines, Ana Belén, Rosa Maria Sardà, Jorge Sanz, Javier Cámara, and an embarrassingly tedious role for Cary Elwes, but the bluster takes over and even the scenery takes second place to the paucity of significant story. Pass.

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Release Date:

18 August 2017 (USA) See more »

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Madrid, Spain See more »


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EUR11,000,000 (estimated)

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