The House of the Spirits (1993)

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A rancher, his clairvoyant wife and their family face turbulent years in South America in this adaptation of Isabel Allende's best-seller.




  • Glenn Close and Meryl Streep in The House of the Spirits (1993)
  • Winona Ryder in The House of the Spirits (1993)
  • Grace Gummer in The House of the Spirits (1993)
  • Winona Ryder and Jeremy Irons in The House of the Spirits (1993)
  • Antonio Banderas and Winona Ryder in The House of the Spirits (1993)
  • Meryl Streep in The House of the Spirits (1993)

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1 May 2004 | khatcher-2
| Excellent cast, photography, music, but........
I just do not get very inspired in this treatment of Isabel Allende's novel. The worst thing is that I cannot even identify exactly what it is that does not succeed in really drawing me into the story. Evidently the film is well made, beautiful filming, and the cast is really extraordinary, with some magnificent interpretations. The make-up department did excellent work on the aging process of the players. This is the second time I have seen this film, but the story's continuity did not get me really sympathising with and feeling for the characters. There is something missing: however, no way can either Meryl Streep or Jeremy Irons, among the other leading actors, be blamed for this. There is something abstract here which I cannot explain. It may be arguable that this film is better than `Missing' (1982) (qv), however `Missing' pulled me much more into the story.

Certainly, in no way should you pass up this film if you get a chance to see it: there are very good interpretations, at times even wondrous, combining with very intelligent photography and Hans Zimmer doing some of his best work.

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Release Date:

1 April 1994


English, Spanish

Country of Origin

Portugal, Germany, Denmark, USA, France

Filming Locations

Cabo Espichel, Portugal

Box Office


$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,719,085 3 April 1994

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:


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