House of the Spirits

House of the Spirits

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Cast: Bille August, Jeremy Irons, Meryl Streep, Glenn Close

     
 

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Bille August directed this film version of the Isabel Allende novel, featuring a cast that includes Jeremy Irons, Meryl Streep, and Glenn Close. The story is a sweeping and brooding melodrama, spanning generations and filled with violence, revenge, and telekinesis. The tale begins in South America in 1926, when a young man, Esteban (Jeremy Irons), falls in love with… See more details below

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Bille August directed this film version of the Isabel Allende novel, featuring a cast that includes Jeremy Irons, Meryl Streep, and Glenn Close. The story is a sweeping and brooding melodrama, spanning generations and filled with violence, revenge, and telekinesis. The tale begins in South America in 1926, when a young man, Esteban (Jeremy Irons), falls in love with the daughter of a rich man, Rosa Del Valle (Teri Polo). He vows to become rich enough to make her his wife and spends months of toil in the gold fields to earn enough money to do just that. Before the two marry, however, Rosa is killed by poison meant for her father. After the tragedy, Esteban moves to Trés Marias, an abandoned ranch, and spends 20 years of his life turning the ranch into a thriving estate, exploiting the labor of the poor who live off the land. When he returns to the city, he comes across Rosa's younger sister Clara (Meryl Streep), now a woman with telekinetic abilities. Clara took a vow of silence years before, but upon the arrival of Esteban, she speaks for the first time in years -- "You have come to propose marriage to me," she says. Esteban and Clara marry, and Esteban takes her back to the ranch, where they have a daughter, Blanca (Winona Ryder). Their daughter falls in love with the son of one of Esteban's foremen, a hot-headed revolutionary named Pedro (Antonio Banderas). Now, the country is in the throes of revolution. Esteban banishes his sister Ferula (Glenn Close) from the ranch, beats his wife, and rapes a peasant woman. The product of Esteban's rape (Joaquin Martinez) grows into an angry young man who convinces Esteban to send him away to military school. When there is a military coup, the illegitimate son returns to Trés Marias with revenge and torture on his mind.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/18/2011
UPC:
0096009779894
Original Release:
1993
Rating:
R
Source:
Miramax Echo Bridge
Time:
2:13:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jeremy Irons Esteban Trueba
Meryl Streep Clara
Glenn Close Ferula
Winona Ryder Blanca
Antonio Banderas Pedro
Maria Conchita Alonso Transito
Vincent Gallo Esteban Garcia
Jan Niklas Satigny
Joaquin Martinez Segundo
Sarita Choudhury Pancha
Teri Polo Rosa
Miriam Colon Nana
Armin Mueller-Stahl Severo
Vanessa Redgrave Nivea
Frank Baker Intelligence Officer
Pedro Efe Interrogation Officer
Fran Fullenwider Emer Trueba
Miguel Guilherme Soldier
Denys Hawthorne Politician
Lone Lindorff Maid
Steve Mason Maestro
Vivian Reis Indian Girl
Carlos Rodriguez Postman
Jaime Tirelli Oliver
Martin Umbach TV Reporter

Technical Credits
Bille August Director,Screenwriter
Anna Asp Production Designer
Barbara Baum Costumes/Costume Designer
Bernd Eichinger Producer
Anette Haellmigk Camera Operator
David Harris Special Effects
Michael Hirst Screenwriter
Billy Hopkins Casting
Janus Billeskov Jansen Editor
Edwin Leicht Executive Producer
Dieter Meyer Executive Producer
Martin Moszkowicz Co-producer
Jörgen Persson Cinematographer
Mark Rosenberg Executive Producer
Suzanne Smith Casting
Guy Travers Asst. Director
Paula Weinstein Executive Producer
Hans Zimmer Score Composer
Isabel Allende Source Author

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- House of the Spirits
1. Chapter 1 [10:20]
2. Chapter 2 [8:22]
3. Chapter 3 [10:10]
4. Chapter 4 [10:07]
5. Chapter 5 [8:33]
6. Chapter 6 [7:36]
7. Chapter 7 [1:32]
8. Chapter 8 [9:19]
9. Chapter 9 [10:26]
10. Chapter 10 [9:31]
11. Chapter 11 [8:36]
12. Chapter 12 [8:09]
13. Chapter 13 [8:00]
14. Chapter 14 [8:43]
15. Chapter 15 [9:05]

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