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El espinazo del diablo

(DVD - 2002 - Spanish)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
El espinazo del diablo
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During the Spanish Civil War, young Carlos is abandoned at a completely isolated orphanage. The tensions therein have been building for years, exacerbated by the unexploded bomb resting menacingly in the courtyard. Bullies scheme, tempers flare, and a ghost that visits Carlos's bed seems to be the key to it all.
Title: El espinazo del diablo
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Publisher: Culver City, Calif. : Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment, [2002], c2001
Edition: Widescreen version
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (103 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Notes: Special features: Director and cinematographer commentary; making-of featurette; storyboard comparisons; theatrical trailers
Summary: During the Spanish Civil War, young Carlos is abandoned at a completely isolated orphanage. The tensions therein have been building for years, exacerbated by the unexploded bomb resting menacingly in the courtyard. Bullies scheme, tempers flare, and a ghost that visits Carlos's bed seems to be the key to it all.
Audience: MPAA rating R
Awards & Distinctions: Gérardmer Film Festival, 2002: International Critics Award (Guillermo del Toro); Special Jury Prize (Guillermo del Toro); Youth Jury Grand Prize (Guillermo del Toro)
ISBN: 0767886674
Branch Call Number: SPANISH DVD ESPINAZ
Statement of Responsibility: Augustin y Pedro Almodóvar presentan uno producción El Deseo, S.A., Tequila Gang con la participación de Sogepaq, S.A., Canal+ Espana y Anhelo Producciones una pelicula do Guillermo del Toro ; producer, Esther García ; writer, Guillermo del Toro, Antonio Trashorras, David Muñoz ; director, Guillermo del Toro
Credits: Director of photography, Guillermo Navarro ; art director, Cesar Macarrón ; editor, Luis de la Madrid ; music, Javier Navarrete ; costume designer, José Vico ; mechanical special effects, Reyes Abades.
Performers: Marisa Parades, Eduardo Noriega, Federico Luppi, Fernando Tielve, Iñigo Garcés, Irene Visedo.
Physical Form Available: Also issued on VHS
System Details: DVD, Dolby digital, widescreen
Other Language: Spanish dialogue, English subtitles
Subject Headings: Orphanages Spain Drama Spain History Civil War, 1936-1939 Drama
Genre/Form: Feature films
Thrillers (Motion pictures)
Motion pictures, Spanish
Topical Term: Orphanages
Publisher No: 08283
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Apr 16, 2013
  • Ron@Ottawa rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The Spanish Civil War was used as a backdrop to this story and the stage is an orphanage run by an older couple. It is a 'ghost story', and there are scenes that are reasonably scary. But you don't jump out of your seat. The story was told in a subdued, poetic fashion and the cast of children was well selected and they all acted well. Just a very well executed film by Mexican director Guillermo del Toro. Spanish with subtitles.

Fabulous movie! Great storytelling and acting by the entire cast, especially the child actors. Del Toro describes this as a fairy tale, and it certainly has that quality to it, though it is definitely a fairy tale for adults. Two thumbs up!!

Oct 16, 2010
  • Dalison0817 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

If you're a fan of Pan's Labyrinth, this movie is one of the director's first project. If you're afraid of ghost, you wouldn't be after watching this. I'm not afraid of ghosts.

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