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The Devil’s Backbone (2001)

Coming Out at 20 April 2001 in theaters.

“El espinazo del diablo”

Drama, Horror

The Devil’s Backbone is gothic horror film directed by Guillermo del Toro, and written by del Toro, David Muñoz, and Antonio Trashorras. It was independently produced by Pedro Almodóvar as an international co-production between Spain and Mexico, and was filmed in Madrid.

The film is set in Spain, 1939, during the final year of the Spanish Civil War. The film was released to very positive reviews from critics and audiences.

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 is used to back the Republican treasury; perhaps not coincidentally, the orphanage has also been subject to attacks from Francisco Franco’s troops, and a defused bomb sits in the home’s courtyard.

One day, a boy named Carlos (Fernando Tielve) arrives at the home with two republicans; they both ask Casares and Carmen to take him in because his father died fighting the fascists. Casares and Carmen take him in, and the boy soon strikes up an unlikely friendship with Jaime (Íñigo Garcés), 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.

Director: Guillermo del Toro

Writers: Guillermo del Toro, Antonio Trashorras, David Muñoz

Stars: Marisa Paredes, Eduardo Noriega, Federico Luppi, Fernando Tielve, Íñigo Garcés, Irene Visedo, José Manuel Lorenzo


Marisa ParedesCarmen
Eduardo NoriegaJacinto
Federico LuppiDr. Casares
Fernando TielveCarlos
Íñigo GarcésJaime
Irene VisedoConchita
José Manuel LorenzoMarcelo
Francisco MaestreEl Puerco
Junio ValverdeSanti
Berta OjeaAlma
Adrián LamanaGálvez
Daniel EsparzaMarcos
Miguel Ortiz
Juan Carlos Vellido
Javier BódaloBúho
Víctor Elías
José Luis Torrijo
Álvaro Vega
Jonás Batuecas
Daniel Cuño
Rubén Escamilla
Andreas MuñozSanti
Adrián Serna
Javier González SánchezOwl
Álvaro Román
Mikel Selles
Leandro Tejada
Izan Checa
Víctor BarrosoLuis
Mario Barroso
Francisco Fernández
Christopher DownsFusilado
Jaime Fernández-Cid BuscatóFusilado
Martín HernándezOctavio

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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