This is a remake of an earlier version, and, as is often the case, doesn't quite equal the splash of the original. After having watched this version last night - three years or so after its release - I found it almost as compelling as Wilder's story(1927). The filmmaker did a very effective job in establishing the baroque or heavenly motif throughout the presentation. On an earthly plane, the background scenery was both breath-taking and supportive of the story-line. On the ideological level, the conflicts between the Catholic church(acceptance by blind obedience) and the clergy (proof by reason) are hard to miss. The argument as to whether the five victims of the bridge collapse died for a reason emerges very strongly in this film. As for type-casting, there were enough big names, like De Niro and Harvey, to make this a sensational box-office hit. So where did it strike out, so to speak? Probably in four small areas that, with a little tweaking from the director and her crew, could have been easily fixed: one, make the narrator's voice stronger because it is critical to the following of the story; two, deliver the dialogue in Spanish with English subtitles; three, shorten the stories of the five victims to cover the essentials as to how they got to be on the bridge in the first place; and four, do a little more work on the Archbishop of Peru to bring out the villainous side in him. As an aside to this whole issue as to whether it was am accident or divine intervention that killed these innocent people, I suggest that you take a quick look at the structure of this rope bridge and reach your own conclusions. If I had been Brother Juniper, I would have immediately cut to the quick and pointed out the awful flaws in its construction. It was obviously a case of an accident waiting to happen, but who, back then, would ever have thought of accusing the civic or religious authorities of gross negligence! Overall, well-worth the watch in how it helps to re-inforce Wilder's novel.