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Genres: Drama , Romance
Actors: F. Murray Abraham , Kathy Bates , Gabriel Byrne , Geraldine Chaplin , Robert De Niro , Émilie Dequenne , Adriana Domínguez , Harvey Keitel , Samuel Le Bihan , Pilar López de Ayala , John Lynch , Dominique Pinon , Mark Polish , Michael Polish , Jim Sheridan
Director: Mary McGuckian
Country: United Kingdom, Spain, France
Year: 2004
IMDB Rating: 5.0/10 (2390 votes)

In early 19th Century Peru an old Inca rope bridge collapses, plunging five travelers to their deaths in the Andean chasm below. Brother Juniper, who was within minutes of being on the bridge himself, becomes obsessed with discovering how five people of differing class and circumstances came to be on the bridge at that moment. The Catholic friar wants to know if it was mere existential happenstance or part of God’s cosmic plan. After researching the lives of the victims for five years and publishing his findings in a book, he is accused of heresy by the worldly Archbishop of Lima and is put on trial for his life by the Inquisition.

Film Review

Sometimes a novel made into a movie really disappoints (for instance, director Roland Joffe's 1987 misfire THE SCARLET LETTER starring Demi Moore). Sometimes tweaking the story actually heightens the suspense (Richard Brooks' 1965 rendering of LORD JIM starring Peter O'Toole). Sometimes it's justified to carry a book's foreshadowing over into the movie adaptation (as in director Francesco Rosi's 1987 film CHRONICLE OF A DEATH FORETOLD). But, unfortunately, Thornton Wilder's novel THE BRIDGE OF SAN LUIS REY is somewhat off-putting in book form. It is a story which needs to have a cinematic presentation of a more linear format with much less doom-and-gloom to get empathy for the characters from the audience (held captive for two hours, unlike readers who can put down the novel for a while whenever the pall it casts grows too thick). In other words, LORD JIM's Brooks made a 10-of-10 movie from a novel rating an "8" at best. Director Victo…

A cast of Oscar winners, based on a novel by Thornton Wilder…how could one go wrong? For starters, a script that sounded like gibberish had the actors spouting pages of dialog that sounded like they’d learned it phonetically.Second, DeNiro must have done this because he needs the money, not because the work appealed to him. Even if he hadn’t been phoning it in, his performance brought to mind that of Tony Curtis in Sparticus, "I yam a sing-ger of sawngs." Couldn’t Oscar winner DeNiro spring for a few diction lessons to get rid of the accent? Harvey Keitel manage to suppress his accent more successfully, but whose idea was it to cast a couple of New York tough guy types as Peruvians? This movie had potential, but it looked as if they put a reasonable sized production budget in the hands of people who became producers after successful careers in costume design and art direction. The costumes are beautiful and the film is handsomely shot. Unfortunately, they neglected to hire…

I must say that this film is a waste of really good American Actors and a good amount of photography being used.This film is an example of how American actors simply cannot play Spanish roles in a 16th century period film. also I must ad it was poorly directed and the most pathetic story ever written.In films like "Bridge on the River Kwai", "A Bridge too far" and "Force 10 from Navarone" Bridges play a vital role to the story. in the film, the Bridge barely ties into the Title or the storyline.Believe me, this film was a waste of effort from Robert DeNiro, Kathy Bates, Gabriel Byrne, Geraldine Chaplin and F, Murray Abraham.and seeing it will be a waste of your time.