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The Bridge of San Luis Rey
Directed by Mary McGuckian
Produced by Michael Cowan
Samuel Hadida
Howard G. Kazanjian
Garrett McGuckian
Mary McGuckian
Denise O'Dell
Written by Mary McGuckian
Thornton Wilder (novel)
Starring F. Murray Abraham
Kathy Bates
Gabriel Byrne
Geraldine Chaplin
Robert De Niro
Harvey Keitel
Pilar López de Ayala
Music by Lalo Schifrin
Cinematography Javier Aguirresarobe
Editing by Kant Pan
Distributed by Fine Line Features
Release date(s) Spain22 December 2004
FranceMay 25, 2005
United States10 June 2005
Running time 120 min
Country  Spain
 United Kingdom
 France
Language English

The Bridge of San Luis Rey is a 2004 drama film directed by Mary McGuckian and featuring an ensemble cast of American and international actors. It is based on Thornton Wilder's novel of the same name. The film was released in 2004 in Spain and 2005 in the U.S. and abroad. Despite praise for its costume design, the film was poorly received by critics. [1]

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Background and production

The film and novel are very loosely based on the life of Micaela Villegas (1748—1819), a famous Peruvian entertainer known as La Perichole, whose life was also the inspiration for the novella Le Carrosse du Saint-Sacrement by Prosper Mérimée, an opéra bouffe, La Périchole by Jacques Offenbach, Jean Renoir’s 1953 film Le Carrosse d'or (The Golden Coach), and two earlier film versions: a 1929 silent version, The Bridge of San Luis Rey (1929) starring Lili Damita, and a 1944 version, The Bridge of San Luis Rey starring Lynn Bari, Francis Lederer, Akim Tamiroff, and Alla Nazimova.

The 2004 film was shot on location in Málaga, Andalucía, and Toledo, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain. It is the only one of the three versions made on location, and the only one to use the novel's original, shocking ending.

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