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The House of the Spirits is a generational tale of life among the ruling class in a South American country, as adapted from the Isabel Allende novel, but the political realities coexist very uneasily with the magical realism in this Bille August film. The star power alone (Jeremy Irons, Meryl Streep, Glenn Close, Winona Ryder, Antonio Banderas, Vanessa Redgrave, and Armin Mueller-Stahl) should have cranked it up a few notches, but that's not the case. Irons is appropriately cruel as the ambitious man who achieves wealth and makes everyone around him miserable and Streep is luminous, but it's slow and ponderous all the way. --Marshall Fine


Meryl StreepClara del Valle Trueba
Glenn CloseFérula Trueba
Jeremy IronsEsteban Trueba
Winona RyderBlanca Trueba
Antonio BanderasPedro Tercero García
Vanessa RedgraveNívea del Valle
Maria Conchita AlonsoTránsito Soto
Armin Mueller-StahlSevero del Valle
Jan NiklasCount Jean de Satigny
Sarita ChoudhuryPancha García
Vincent GalloEsteban García
Teri PoloRosa del Valle

  • Genre: Drama Movies
  • Director: Bille August
  • Producer: Artisan
  • Length: 140 min
  • Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaApr 1, 1994
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaAug 14, 2001
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