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The Grandfather (1998)

El abuelo (original title)
PG | | Drama | 30 October 1998 (Spain)
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After his son dies, an elderly man comes back to Spain from the US and hopes to find out which of his granddaughters is true, and which one is bastard.

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José Luis Garci
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 9 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Fernando Fernán Gómez ... Don Rodrigo de Arista Potestad
Rafael Alonso ... Don Pío Coronado
Cayetana Guillén Cuervo ... Doña Lucrecia Richmond
Agustín González ... Senén Corchado
Cristina Cruz Cristina Cruz ... Dolly
Alicia Rozas Alicia Rozas ... Nelly
Fernando Guillén ... Alcalde de Jerusa
Francisco Piquer ... Prior de Zaratay
María Massip María Massip ... Gregoria
José Caride José Caride ... Venancio
Francisco Algora ... Don Carmelo
Emma Cohen ... Vicenta, la alcaldesa
Juan Calot ... Don Salvador, médico
Concha Gómez Conde Concha Gómez Conde ... Doña Consuelito
Nuria Rodríguez Nuria Rodríguez ... Criada
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Storyline

An elderly man returns to Spain after spent some time in Peru looking for gold mines and losing his fortune. He returns because his son has died leaving two daughters, and the son has left a note stating that one of the two is a bastard child. The grandfather hopes to find out which is his true granddaughter. Written by <Bondelev@usc.edu>

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Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements and language | See all certifications »
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Country:

Spain

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

30 October 1998 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

The Grandfather See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

ESP400,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,726, 10 October 1999

Gross USA:

$54,468

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$54,468
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Rafael Alonso died before he complete dubbing of his character, dubbing actor Félix Acaso did his voice. See more »

Quotes

Don Rodrigo de Arista Potestad: Villainy is forgivable. Ingratitude, never.
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Connections

Featured in The 71st Annual Academy Awards (1999) See more »

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Gymnopédie
By Erik Satie
Arranged by Manuel Balboa
Performed by Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid
Conducted by Ángel Gil Ordóñez
Piano soloist: Liliam María Castillo (as Lilian Castillo)
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Love or honor? How can one choose?
11 August 2000 | by =G=See all my reviews

Or does one have to? The matter is posed to an old man (El Abuelo aka the Grandfather) returning penniless from intrigues abroad to the village where he was once a respected aristocrat. In search of the truth about his two beautiful granddaughters, the sometimes bitter, sometimes sweet old man is met with insincerity and chicanery.

Some may view the film as plodding and uneventful. However, those with an understanding of the importance family honor to an old world aristocrat or the meaning of love to a disenfranchised old man will likely be captivated by its subtle charms. The old Spanish architecture, pastoral beauty, and sumptuous cinematography should appeal to all.


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