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The Bridge of San Luis Rey (2004)

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Original title: Bridge of San Luis Rey, The

Release Date
 USA: Jun 10, 2005

Budget $24,000,000

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MPAA Rating
Rated PG for thematic elements, some disturbing images and some sensuality.

Running Time
2 hours, 0 minutes

Country Spain, UK, France

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Genre: Drama

Tagline: Five Lives Bound By One Fate.

Plot: Author Thornton Wilder won the Pulitzer Prize for his second novel, THE BRIDGE OF SAN LUIS REY, which was originally published in 1927. Wilder passed away in 1975, but if he were still alive he'd surely be surprised and delighted to learn that the novel has been brought to the screen for a third time. Director Mary McGuckian follows in the footsteps of Charles Brabin, who constructed an Oscar-winning silent movie around Wilder's words in 1929; and Rowland V. Lee, whose version appeared in theaters during 1944. For her interpretation, McGuckian assembles an all-star cast, which includes Robert De Niro, Kathy Bates, Harvey Keitel, and Gabriel Byrne.

Set in Peru during the 1740s, McGuckian's film tells the tale of an ill-fated train journey that came to a tragic end as a rickety rope suspension bridge collapsed beneath its weight in the Peruvian mountains. The story of the passengers aboard the train is told in flashback via the recollections of a priest, Brother Juniper (Byrne), who has written a novel about the accident. Juniper is on trial for heresy due to the affirmations contained in his book; he believes that God must have plucked these people from the earth for a divine reason. De Niro plays the Archbishop who is trying Juniper, while the fated passengers who slowly roll

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 Directed by
Mary McGuckian
Best, Rag Tale, Funny Farm
 Written by
Mary McGuckian
Best, Rag Tale, Funny Farm
Thornton Wilder
Shadow of a Doubt, Mr. North, Our Town
F. Murray Abraham
Amadeus, Scarface, Last Action Hero
Kathy Bates
Titanic, About Schmidt, The Waterboy
Gabriel Byrne
The Usual Suspects, Enemy of the State, End of Days
Robert De Niro
Goodfellas, The Godfather: Part II, Heat
Harvey Keitel
Reservoir Dogs, Taxi Driver, From Dusk Till Dawn
Samuel Le Bihan
Brotherhood of the Wolf, Three Colors: Red, He Loves Me... He Loves Me Not
Geraldine Chaplin
Talk to Her, Doctor Zhivago, The Age of Innocence
 Music By
Lalo Schifrin
Mission: Impossible II, Mission: Impossible, Rush Hour

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