The Devil's Backbone

The living will always be more dangerous than the dead.

The Devil's Backbone (2001)


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

Director: Guillermo del Toro
Writer: Guillermo del Toro

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PrimeWire Score: 7.3/10 from 444 votes
Release Date: 2001-04-20
Status: Released
Run time: 106 min / 1:46
Budget: $4,500,000
Revenue: $6,459,020
Production Companies : Producciones Anhelo, Canal+ España, Tequila Gang, El Deseo S.A., Sogepaq
Production Countries: Spain, Mexico


Eduardo Noriega
as Jacinto
Federico Luppi
as Casares
Marisa Paredes
as Carmen
Fernando Tielve
as Carlos
Íñigo Garcés
as Jaime
Irene Visedo
as Conchita
José Manuel Lorenzo
as Marcelo
Francisco Maestre
as El Puerco
Junio Valverde
as Santi
Berta Ojea
as Alma
Adrián Lamana
as Gálvez
Daniel Esparza
as Marcos
Javier Gonzalez Sanchez
as Owl


Directing Guillermo del Toro Director
Writing Guillermo del Toro Screenplay
Production Guillermo del Toro Producer
Sound Javier Navarrete Original Music Composer
Camera Guillermo Navarro Director of Photography
Editing Luis de la Madrid Editor
Art César Macarrón Art Direction
Costume & Make-Up José Vico Costume Design
Production Pedro Almodóvar Producer
Production Sara Bilbatúa Casting
Writing David Muñoz Writer
Writing Antonio Trashorras Writer
Sound Oriol Tarragó Sound Editor

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