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R| 1 hr. 46 min.

Plot Summary
After losing his father, 10-year-old Carlos (Fernando Tielve) arrives at the Santa Lucia School, which shelters orphans of the Republican militia and politicians, and is taken in by the steely headmistress, Carmen (Marisa Paredes), and the kindly professor, Casares (Federico Luppi). Soon after his arrival, Carlos has a run-in with the violent caretaker, Jacinto (Eduardo Noriega). Gradually, Carlos uncovers the secrets of the school, including the youthful ghost that wanders the grounds.

Cast: Marisa Paredes , Eduardo Noriega , Federico Luppi , Fernando Tielve , Irene Visedo , Iñigo Garcés ,

Director: Guillermo del Toro

Genres: Thriller

Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

The Devil's Backbone (2001)

Release Date: November 21st, 2001|1 hr. 46 min.

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critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 75
    Edward Guthmann San Francisco Chronicle

    The film doesn't explore the nature of ghosts, as it promises to initially, but it's fun to watch Del Toro confront death and fear with such energy and humor. show more

  • 80
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    It's a horror flick, and a creepily good one, that also functions as an allegory of the war that still haunts Spain seven decades later. show more

  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Creepy and compelling and beautifully shot, The Devil's Backbone is a tale of the supernatural that feels completely natural. Its realness is what makes it so scary. show more

  • June 07, 2010 drarthurwells
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    Excellent film. Professionally accomplished in all aspects. Coherently organized and perfectly paced. A keeper.

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