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Land and Freedom (1995)

Not Rated | | Drama, War | 22 March 1996 (USA)
Spring 1936, a young unemployed communist, David, leaves his hometown Liverpool to join the fight against fascism in Spain. He joins an international group of Militia-men and women, the ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Rosana Pastor ...
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Maite (as Iciar Bollain)
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Lawrence
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Juan Vidal (as Marc Martinez)
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Bernard Goujon (as Frederic Pierrot)
Andrés Aladren ...
Militia member (as Andres Aladren)
Sergi Calleja ...
Militia member
Raffaele Cantatore ...
Militia member
Pascal Demolon ...
Militia member
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Militia member
Josep Magem ...
Militia member
Eoin McCarthy ...
Connor
Jürgen Müller ...
Militia member
Víctor Roca ...
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Spring 1936, a young unemployed communist, David, leaves his hometown Liverpool to join the fight against fascism in Spain. He joins an international group of Militia-men and women, the POUM (Partido Obrero de Unificación Marxista). After being wounded he goes to Barcelona, where he decides to join another group of fighters. They remain in Barcelona and end up fighting other anti-fascist groups. David is disappointed and decides to go back to his old band. Written by Walter de Rijk <W.C.A.de.Rijk@let.uva.nl>

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Terra E Liberdade  »

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$230,187 (USA)
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According to Ken Loach, the debate in the village was the key scene in the film. He had local residents from the village play crowd members in that meeting. See more »

Goofs

Actually the rucksacks are the same as British 1908 pattern, and were made from 1929 onwards by La Industria Lonera in Barcelona, Spain. See more »

Quotes

David: Revolutions are contagious.
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Special thanks to the people of Mirambel and Morella. See more »

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Referenced in Face (1997) See more »

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La Internacional
(1888)
Written by Pierre Degeyter (as Christianus Geyter Petrus)
Published by Sacem, France
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The forgotten prelude to World War 2
30 May 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Ken Loach proves once again, that he is a director of the very highest calibre. He has crafted a film about the Spanish Civil War (1936-9), which was the prelude to WW2.

Truthfully I could care less about the politics of this tragic episode in world history, BUT the director,by his sheer genius & craftsmanship made me sit at the edge of my seat & pay close attention. Subtitles are used sparingly & it is hard to make some of the dialogue out due thick accent, The acting is so skillfull you needed no dialogue,you are able to understand each actors feelings & emotions. Credit this to Mr.Loach, The only actor I have heard of in this film is the lead IAN HART/ He & all the others do an excellent job. This film was made in 1995, & barely released,another example of distributors not knowing a GREAT film from a hole in the ground. Even this is a war film, there is very little violence, a good history lesson for the younger ones, then a trip to the library to find out more.

My rating is ***1/2 95/100 points 9 on IMDb






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