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The Devil's Backbone Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

Guillermo del Toro, who quickly became one of the most talked-about directors in contemporary horror films with his first two features, Chronos and Mimic, takes on a more subtle tale of terror with this psychological suspense piece. Casares (Federico Luppi) and Carmen (Marisa Paredes) operate a small home for orphans in a remote part of Spain during the Spanish Civil War. Helping the couple mind the orphanage are Jacinto (Eduardo Noriega), the groundskeeper, and Conchita (Irene Visedo), a teacher who is also involved with Jacinto. Casares and Carmen are aligned with the Republican loyalists, and are hiding a large cache of gold that's used to back the Republican treasury; perhaps not coincidentally, the orphanage has also been subject to attacks from Franco's troops, and an unexploded bomb waits to be defused in the home's courtyard. One day, a boy named Carlos (Fernando Tielve) arrives at the home, looking for a place to stay after being left behind by his parents. Casares and Carmen take him in, and the boy soon strikes up an unlikely friendship with Jaime (Inigo Garces), a boy with a reputation for tormenting other kids. But Carlos soon begins having visions of a mysterious apparition he can't identify, and hears strange stories about a child named Santi who went missing the day the bomb appeared near the orphanage. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:November 30, 2001

Crew

Guillermo del Toro
Director
Guillermo del Toro
Producer
Agustín Almodóvar
Producer
Bertha Navarro
Producer
David Muñoz
Screenwriter
Guillermo del Toro
Screenwriter
Antonio Trashorras
Screenwriter
Guillermo Navarro
Cinematographer
Javier Navarrete
Composer (Music Score)
Luis de la Madrid
Editor
Cesar Macarron
Art Director
Bertha Navarro
Executive Producer
Agustín Almodóvar
Executive Producer
Miguel Rejas
Sound/Sound Designer
Salva Mayolas
Sound/Sound Designer
Joaquin Manchado
Camera Operator
Fermin Galan
Hair Styles
Reyes Abades
Mechanical Design
Esther Garcia
Production Director
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