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There Be Dragons [Blu-ray] (2011)

Charlie Cox , Wes Bentley , Roland Joffe    Suitable for 15 years and over   Blu-ray
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Charlie Cox, Wes Bentley, Dougray Scott, Olga Kurylenko, Rodrigo Santoro
  • Directors: Roland Joffe
  • Format: PAL, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: G2 Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 20 Feb 2012
  • Run Time: 122 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004YJZB4S
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,505 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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There Be Dragons is an epic, action-adventure romance set during the Spanish Civil War and directed by Hollywood legend Roland Joffe (The Killing Fields). The story traces the lives of two men - childhood friends who become separated by the political turmoil of pre-war Spain only to find themselves on opposite sides when the war erupts. One becomes a priest, founding the Opus Dei movement, the other is an activist who becomes a spy for the fascist movement. As both personal and national battles are waged, the characters' lives collide and their deepest struggles are illuminated through the fateful choices they make.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars There be dragons (Blu-ray) 21 Oct 2013
By B&W Fan
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I chose to buy this Blu-ray because I had seen a trailer on another of my dvd's. I knew nothing of the backround to this film but I am interested in the historical time frame of the film, the Spanish Civil War is of great interest to me. I found the story easy to follow, although it does jump forward and backward in time. I am also a Roland Joffe fan. There is some unusual casting in the minor parts.Who would expect Geraldine Chaplin or Sir Derek Jacobi to appear in such small roles ??
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Historical inaccuracies apart (of which much is claimed by other reviewers), I thoroughly enjoyed this film & was very moved by the ending. Could not fault acting, photography, dialogue, story etc. I especially enjoyed the fact I didn't pay much for the film although I would not have been disappointed had I paid much more. So, there are those who will dispute real events but for film lovers, I say just enjoy this film for what it is.
(Just how did they get Tyrone Powers to resurrect himself to play Wes Bentley's part?)
In similar (cheap but very good emotive film) vein, I would recommend 'GOING BACK' - Vietnam flashback film starring the excellent Caspar Van Diem.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MASTERPIECE 30 Nov 2013
By Mary
Movie loved and hated in equal parts.To start mix Spanish civil war and religion 2 controversial issues in my country.
But there be dragons is much more, it is a very neutral look at our war, which is not expected to arouse old hatreds but well otherwise preaches forgiveness, which is the central theme of the entire film there lies the entire message.
Where everyone isn't bad or all good, which is welcome.
We follow the childhood and youth of 2 friends Joseph María Escrivá and Manuel Torres very different between them since the provincial Spain to Spain in war and look at the different ways that take both.
The script is very good as well as the direction, outstanding performances, as well as the technical aspects, photography, sound, soundtrack, costume... etc.
Film that can be enjoyed equally whether you're religious or not.
I for example am not and is already among my favorites.
The best:Everything.
The worst: that has been so misunderstood in Spain.
Recommended 100%.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
By Tommy Dooley TOP 50 REVIEWER
This film is `inspired by true events', and as such takes quite a lot of poetic licence. The story begins with Robert, a journalist, (Dougray Scott) being asked to investigate the life of Jose Maria Escriva (Charlie Cox), as he is about to be Canonised. He discovers that his estranged father went to the same seminary as him and so uses it as an excuse to reconnect with his dying patriarch.

The story then starts to be told in flash back and we start around 1911 when the two boys were friends. It turns out that his father knows a lot more than most and all of their lives are sort of intertwined. The real story takes place during The Spanish Civil War (1936 -39) where Manolo (Roberts dad played by Wes Bentley) gets involved with both sides in the fighting.

The story of the War is told in tandem with that of Jose Maria as he becomes the modern founder of Opus Dei and does charitable works and faces many threats; being a Priest he is particularly susceptible to summary execution at the hands of the Republicans/Communists/Socialists/Anarchists or what ever you want to call the `legitimate Government'.

This is written and directed by Roland Joffe (`The Mission' and `The Killing Fields') and had a fairly big budget that was actually quite well spent. The battle scenes are effective, with good CGI where it is used. The direction is excellent and the acting is all above par. But the narrative drives this and as ever there are some stretches of belief required a couple of times. To say any more would be a plot spoiler. It is also just over two hours long, but it does not feel like a long film and I thought it ended quite quickly as I was up for more. So despite the few flaws this is really rather good.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, detracktors are wrong! 6 Mar 2014
By Nacho
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
The movie is not as overly religious as some reviewers have made out. It is a war movie with a great emotional involvement from various characters. Some say that the portrayal of Saint Jose is over the top and that he was seen as some sort of Hero, the movie is not about Saint Jose being a hero, it's about him being a human being who struggles in the Spanish civil war. Some people said that the movie puts a gloss on one side and a frown on the other. It is neither, all sides are shown to have their bad side. Look at the movie, even the followers of Saint Jose say they want to take revenge for seeing a priest being killed. This movie is about a war, and with any war movie, there is good and bad on both sides. Regardless of your religion, this is as good a movie about the Spanish civil war you will get in English.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good storyline 20 Feb 2014
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Though the movie is not 100% accurate it is still worth watching. The story of two boys who were friends and then separated after one family went into poverty. It's telling the story about these two boys by one of them, who is in hospital and his "son" is writing about the other. Don't want to tell too much because it would spoil the movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 7 days ago by P. Moore
1.0 out of 5 stars Epic drama? Mmm?
From the back cover of the DVD: “There Be Dragons is an epic drama from director Roland Joffe (The Mission, The Killing Fields) set during the turmoil of the Spanish Civil... Read more
Published 20 days ago by andy
3.0 out of 5 stars Solid War Drama.
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... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Simon
5.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining and inspiring film
I loved this film especially because I am a fan of St Josemaria Escriva. There was so much I did not know of his life and it was a real treat to watch this. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Miss Purcell
1.0 out of 5 stars Painful to watch
The movie was awefully pretentious and full of historical lies.
The clergy openly supported fascism, even asking Hitler and Mussolini for support and still apologetic about... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Ernst Wiltmann
5.0 out of 5 stars There Be Dragons
A most interesting film which I had long wanted to see and I was not disappointed. Very good casting and performance by the main protagonists.
Published 16 months ago by MOIRA I RIGGS
4.0 out of 5 stars Historical drama, although there isnt a real message
This is a well acted movie, the pace is good and it moves along fine, I found it engaging enough to want to watch it to the conclusion but I dont really know what the message of... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Lark
5.0 out of 5 stars there be dragons
i chose this rating because it is a wonderful film it is a true story stars the brilliant dougray scott who is first class in this
Published 17 months ago by Julie Dalton
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