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Innocent Voices (2004)

Voces inocentes (original title)
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A young boy, in an effort to have a normal childhood in 1980's El Salvador, is caught up in a dramatic fight for his life as he desperately tries to avoid the war which is raging all around him.

Director:

Luis Mandoki

Writers:

Luis Mandoki (screenplay), Oscar Orlando Torres (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
13 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Carlos Padilla Carlos Padilla ... Chava
Leonor Varela ... Kella
Gustavo Muñoz Gustavo Muñoz ... Ancha
José María Yazpik ... Uncle Beto
Ofelia Medina ... Mama Toya
Daniel Giménez Cacho ... Priest
Jesús Ochoa ... Chofer
Jorge Angel Toriello Jorge Angel Toriello ... Fito
Adrian Alonso ... Chele
Andrés Márquez Andrés Márquez ... Marcos
Alejandro Felipe Alejandro Felipe ... Ricardito (as Alejandro Felipe Flores)
Ana Paulina Caceres Ana Paulina Caceres ... Rosita (as Ana Paulina Cáceres)
Xuna Primus Xuna Primus ... Cristina Maria
Paulina Gaitan ... Angelita (as Paulina Gaytan Ruíz)
Alan Chávez Alan Chávez ... Antonio (as Alan Andreé)
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Storyline

A young boy, in an effort to have a normal childhood in 1980's El Salvador, is caught up in a dramatic fight for his life as he desperately tries to avoid the war which is raging all around him.

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Taglines:

How much will a mother sacrifice for the love of her son...

Genres:

Drama | Thriller | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for disturbing violence and some language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Mexico | USA | Puerto Rico

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

4 November 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Innocent Voices See more »

Filming Locations:

Mexico See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$192,055, 16 October 2005

Gross USA:

$837,878

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,048,103
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Óscar Torres, the man on whom the story is based, was on set for most of the shoot. He was often seen crying between takes off set, saying the shots brought back painful memories. See more »

Goofs

The candles on Chava's birthday cake form an arc of 270 degrees (3/4 of a circle) in a close up and then they are shown placed in a complete circle in subsequent wide shots. See more »

Quotes

Uncle Beto: Do you have a girlfriend?
Chava: Just one.
Uncle Beto: [laughing] Just one.
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Soundtracks

I Will Survive
Written by Dino Fekaris and Freddie Perren (as Frederick Perren)
Performed by Gloria Gaynor
Courtesy of Universal Music México, S.A. de C.V.
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A film that should not be ignored
1 January 2005 | by sheni_amourSee all my reviews

I have just seen the movie here in El Salvador, where I am on vacation. My parents are both Salvadoran, and I have visited here many times, as well as resided here for several years. I remember visiting during war time, seeing soldiers with their guns, though i was a very young child unaware of the true situation.

This movie brought to light the horrible scenes and awful truths of the atrocities that occurred during the war, and that still happen in warfare today. Looking through the eyes of an eleven-year-old child in fear of recruitment, you are brought straight into the war and his life. Everyone in the audience had heard good things about the movie, and in turn agreed; we applauded when the movie was over. There is humor, romance, and of course, tragedy. Some parts were almost unbearable to watch, but then the movie is portraying a reality that we should not and cannot ignore.

I strongly recommend this movie to anyone and everyone, and I hope they will soon bring it to the U.S. and abroad.


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