Death and the Compass (film)

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Death and the Compass
Death and the Compass FilmPoster.jpeg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Alex Cox
Produced by Karl Braun
Lorenzo O'Brien
Written by Alex Cox
Based on Death and the Compass
by Jorge Luis Borges
Starring Peter Boyle
Miguel Sandoval
Christopher Eccleston
Music by Pray for Rain
Cinematography Miguel Garzón
Edited by Carlos Puente
Release date
  • August 5, 1992 (1992-08-05)
Running time
96 min.
Country United States
Language English
Budget $3,500,000 (estimated)

Death and the Compass is a 1992 American thriller film written and directed by Alex Cox, based on Jorge Luis Borges' short story of the same name. It stars Peter Boyle, Miguel Sandoval and Christopher Eccleston. Mexican actress Zaide Silvia Gutiérrez also appears.

The film was originally a 55-minute drama made for Spanish TV/BBC in 1992. Producer Karl Braun found further money to expand the film into a feature, but the film was not completed for four years. It was filmed on location in Mexico City.

The soundtrack was composed by Dan Wool and Pray for Rain.

DVD release[edit]

The making of the soundtrack is discussed in a conversation between Cox and Wool on the DVD release.

This also includes a 1976 original film short titled Spiderweb, which is another interpretation of the same Borges short story. National Film School graduate Paul Miller made the 33 minute drama using actor Nigel Hawthorne in one of his first screen roles.


Death and the Compass currently hold a 17% (of 100) rating on the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.

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