There Be Dragons

There Be Dragons

DVD - 2012
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When journalist Robert Torres is assigned to write a book about Josemaria Escriva, the controversial founder of Opus Dei, he hopes it will bring him closer to his father, Escriva's childhood friend. As Torres uncovers more about his father's past, he learns dark secrets that will change his world forever.
Publisher: [Beverly Hills, Calif.] : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, [2012]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (122 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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marx_bro
Apr 06, 2015

OK drama revolving around the events of the brutality of the Spanish Civil War.

aaa5756 Aug 28, 2014

A Very Slow Moving Movie Very predictable, Very boring movie and Disappointing.

KarenE61 Jun 13, 2014

Slow moving and hard to follow...I fell asleep about halfway through.

JMGP May 28, 2014

I was pleased to see Jose Maria Escriva, the founder of Opus Dei, portrayed in a positive light after such a ridiculous depiction of the movement was expressed in the DaVinci Code. Unfortunately, There Be Dragons, struggles to be the epic it wants to be. Escriva, although charming, isn't fully developed and it is not clear why he is considered to be a saint, or is any information given about the worldwide movement he founded other than its name. Manolo, who is actually not an historical figure, is a weak lead character who makes some bizarre life choices. Their lives do not intersect enough to make the telling of their two stories meaningful. There is too much going on in this film, characters and events are so poorly developed that their tragic situations become trite. Numerous flashbacks and perspective changes make the movie difficult to follow. Some night scenes are shot in almost absolute darkness. Most irritatingly, the score of the film is so loud as to all but drown out the dialogue, and the music is constantly set to a climactic tone, making every moment of the film seem to have extreme importance. I watched the film to the end, hoping that it would redeem itself. It never did. What a chore!

btmslt Nov 24, 2012

This film is a bit too long but entertaining.

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docjnsuss
Aug 11, 2012

Robert Torres is a journalist doing research for a book about the Spanish priest and saint Josemaria Escriva founder of the religious order Opus Dei. Robert travels to Madrid where he reunites with his estranged father who was a childhood friend of Josemaria Escriva. Besides reviewing religious documents Robert listens to his father's stories about his life and experiences during the Spanish Civil War. Ultimately Robert learns facts that will change his life forever.

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redsails
Jul 23, 2012

Terrible acting. An overly loud, too, too dramatic musical background. Didn't finish it.

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mistical
Jul 13, 2012

couldn't have been more disappointing. the accents/acting wasn't great, but it would have worked if they didn't decide to sleep through editing. there's this tense actiony music through the whole thing - literally - it's bizarre, distracting, and ultimately the ruin of a half decent story.

levap Jun 17, 2012

Excellent movie! Wars are ever so distant from this continent. It is quite a picture about a civil war and what it does to everyday people. It is one of the movies, where you can't just to sit down, turn your brain off and watch.

levap Jun 17, 2012

.Excellent movie! Wars are ever so distant from this continent. It is quite a picture about a civil war and what it does to everyday people. It is one of the movies, where you can't just to sit down, turn your brain off and watch.

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susansocks
Sep 07, 2015

A history of Spain from the early 1900s through the Spanish Civil War into the late 1900s as seen by two boyhood friends.

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