The Devil’s Backbone – Criterion [Blu-ray] (2001) *NEW*

The Devil’s Backbone – Criterion [Blu-ray] (2001) *NEW*


A trio of exceptional performances from Glenn Ford (3:10 to Yuma), Ernest Borgnine (Marty), and Rod Steiger (On the Waterfront) form the center of JUBAL, an overlooked Hollywood treasure from genre master Delmer Daves (3:10 to Yuma). In this Shakespearean tale of jealousy and betrayal, Ford is an honorable itinerant cattleman, befriended and hired by Borgnine’s bighearted ranch owner despite his unwillingness to talk about his past. When the new hand becomes the target of the flirtatious attentions of the owner’s bored wife (Valerie French) and is entrusted by the boss with a foreman’s responsibilities, his presence at the ranch starts to rankle his shifty fellow cowhand, played by Steiger. The resulting emotional showdown imparts unparalleled psychology intensity to this western, a vivid melodrama featuring expressive location photography in Technicolor and CinemaScope.

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

The Devil's Backbone
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Original Spanish-language poster
Directed by Guillermo del Toro
Produced by
Written by
Narrated by Federico Luppi
Music by Javier Navarrete
Cinematography Guillermo Navarro
Edited by Luis De La Madrid
Distributed by Warner Sogefilms A.I.E.(Spain)
Sony Pictures Classics(International)
Release date
  • April 20, 2001 (Spain)
Running time
108 minutes
  • Spain
  • Mexico
Language Spanish
Budget US$4.5 million
Box office US$6.5 million

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Weight 0.5 lbs
Dimensions 5.3 × 0.5 × 6.75 in


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