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The Pearl (2001)

A poor Mexican pearl diver finds a priceless pearl that promises a better life for his impoverished family.

Director:

Alfredo Zacarías (as Alfred Zacharias)

Writers:

John Steinbeck (novel), Alfredo Zacarías (screenplay) (as Alfred Sacharias)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Litefoot ... Juan Tomas (as G. Paul Davis 'Litefoot')
Ryan James Ryan James ... Young Kino
Claudine Sosa Claudine Sosa ... Kino's Mother
Angélica Soler Angélica Soler ... Apolonia
Martha Gasque Martha Gasque ... Woman on Beach
Clarissa Rendón Clarissa Rendón ... Woman on Beach
Jorge Rivero ... Costes
Lukas Haas ... Kino
Tere Tarin ... Juana
Elia Domenzian Elia Domenzian ... Witch
Carlos Rotzinger Carlos Rotzinger ... Silvino
Alicia Camps Alicia Camps ... Cassiana
Claudio Báez ... Dr. Karl's Servant
Richard Harris ... Dr. Karl
Hugo Stiglitz ... Beggar One
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A poor Mexican pearl diver finds a priceless pearl that promises a better life for his impoverished family.

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Details

Country:

Mexico | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 May 2004 (France) See more »

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Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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Based off of the 1947 novella "The Pearl" by John Steinbeck. See more »

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A bad Interpretation of the book
4 December 2006 | by sonicfan990See all my reviews

I recently saw this movie in my English class after my reading of the pearl. The novella the Pearl was the influence of this movie. However the movie lacked many of the important symbols and events from the book. Juana's shall was one important symbol in the book. The movie never portrayed this. Also in the movie the doctor was made a major character. In the original story, the doctor was a much smaller character. Hardly any of Stienbeck's imagery was showed either. This destroyed the entire point of the movie and the plot was not preserved. It was a horrible attempt at a recreation of the pearl. I'm sure that if John Steinbeck were alive to see this horrible movie today, He would be ashamed that his work inspired this terrible movie. I do not recommend this movie for any one, especially those who read the book. If you have read this book and seen this movie you probably know the horrible job it did making the book come alive. If you need to read the book for any kind of class this isn't the movie to take the easy way out with. This movie gives the book a bad name.


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