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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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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:

$1,338,000 (Mexico), 3 February 2005, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$192,000, 16 October 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$837,000, 13 November 2005
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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

Jugo de piña
Written by Domingo Antonio Rullo
Performed by Orquesta La Boa
Courtesy of Quin Records
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A great movie!
22 January 2005 | by julio-acostaSee all my reviews

I watched it on the release week in El Salvador on December 26th 2004. It was the first country in which the movie was shown commercially. What can I say? ALMOST NO WORDS, but WONDERFUL.

I am thirty years old now and by that time I was a kid just like CHAVA. I personally had to flee from El Salvador's Army forced recruitment a couple of times, so the movie was a flashback for me. I cried remembering those nights when bullets were flying over my house.

WAR is a crime no matter what the objective is and specially if innocence is stolen from children.

The movie travels through every place in which children are forced to take a weapon in their innocent hands: Africa, Middle-East, Asia, Colombia, etc; or to every place in which children suffer the consequences of war.

For those who has not lived a war by themselves and enjoy watching the news about IRAQ, AFGHANISTAN, ISRAEL, COLOMBIA it is time to think about what you can do in order to stop this human massacre in the name of "freedom" .


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