There Be Dragons

March 25th, 2011


There Be Dragons

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Arising out of the horror of the Spanish Civil War, a candidate for canonization is investigated by a journalist who discovers his own estranged father had a deep, dark and devastating connection to the saint's life.

Release Year: 2011

Rating: 5.6/10 (1,900 voted)

Critic's Score: 33/100

Director: Roland Joffé

Stars: Charlie Cox, Wes Bentley, Dougray Scott

A young journalist long ago rejected by his now aged and dying father finds himself investigating one of his father's former friends, a candidate for canonization. Uncovering the two men's complicated relationship from childhood through the horrors of the Spanish Civil War unveils a compelling drama filled with passion, betrayal, love and religion. An action packed story set during a murderous time in history that ultimately serves the present by revealing the importance and timeless power of forgiveness.

Charlie Cox - Josemaria
Wes Bentley - Manolo
Dougray Scott - Robert
Unax Ugalde - Pedro
Olga Kurylenko - Ildiko
Pablo Lapadula - Isidoro
Golshifteh Farahani - Leila
Rusty Lemorande - Father Lazaro
Ana Torrent - Dolores
Alfonso Bassave - Jiménez
Jordi Mollà - Don José (as Jordi Mollá)
Rodrigo Santoro - Oriol
Geraldine Chaplin - Abileyza
Alejandro Casaseca - Jaime
Yaiza Guimaré - Pilar

Taglines: Even saints have a past.


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Release Date: 25 March 2011

Filming Locations: Luján, Buenos Aires, Federal District, Argentina

Box Office Details

Budget: $36,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $1,251,124 (Spain) (27 March 2011) (300 Screens)

Gross: $3,094,376 (Spain) (8 May 2011)

Technical Specs


[first lines]
Title Card: All wars begin long before the first shot is fired and continue long after the last bullet has done its job.

User Review

A deep touching picture

Rating: 8/10

I have just been invited to watch the movie during a screening presentation in Rome and after several hours I'm still deeply touched. It's a film that makes you think, reflect. It's not an easy action movie, and in that sense, some maybe would get disappointed if they are thinking of it as another war movie. It's a drama that despite the cruel events that portraits opens your heart to hope and puts you on the quest for transcendence. As "The Mission", this new Joffe's film, uses the "paralel" life of two friends to show how difficult it is to make a fair decision while you are under stressful circumstances. Some people may judge this film as the Opus Dei answer to the Da Vinci Code attacks, and in a certain sense it is, but the film is not a propaganda movie, but a deep meditation from an agnostic point of view of the sense of life.


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