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May 2005
First Look: The Bridge of San Luis Rey

Release Date: June 10, 2005
Distributor: Fine Line Features
Director:  Mary McGuckian
Screenwriter: Mary McGuckian, based on the novel by Thornton Wilder
Cast:  F. Murray Abraham, Kathy Bates, Gabriel Byrne, Geraldine Chaplin, Robert De Niro, Emilie Dequenne, Adriana Dominguez, Harvey Keitel, Samuel Le Bihan, Pilar Lopez de Ayala, John Lynch, Dominique Pinon, Mark Polish, Michael Polish, Jim Sheridan

From the backstreet brothels and theatres of 18th century Lima to the majestic courts of Spain; from the palaces of Peruvian Archbishops to the Inquistadorial missions from Madrid; and from the sanctuary of Inca shrines high up among Andean villages to the straits of the American coastlines; comes a story of chance.


Perhaps not. But one thing is certain. Five seemingly unrelated voyagers find themselves united in the same destiny. Five people, on separate journeys for different reasons, happen to be crossing the bridge at San Luis Rey at noon on the fateful day of July 20th, 1714. The bridge breaks and all five fall to their deaths in the deep gorge below.

Was it chance or the hand of God that brought them together on that fatal day at that place and that moment in time? Or were they, in some way, to blame for what happened to them?

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