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Carla's Song (1996)

 |  Drama, Romance, War  |  15 May 1997 (USA)
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1987, love in time of war. A bus driver George Lennox meets Carla, a Nicaraguan exile living a precarious, profoundly sad life in Glasgow. Her back is scarred, her boyfriend missing, her ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
George Lennox
Oyanka Cabezas ...
Salvador Espinoza ...
Louise Goodall ...
Richard Loza ...
Subash Singh Pall ...
Victor (as Subash Sing Pall)
Stewart Preston ...
Margaret McAdam ...
George's Mother
Pamela Turner ...
Greg Friel ...
Keyboard Player
Anne Marie Timoney ...
Warden (as Ann-Marie Timoney)
Andy Townsley ...
Taxi Driver
Alicia Devine ...
Hospital Sister


1987, love in time of war. A bus driver George Lennox meets Carla, a Nicaraguan exile living a precarious, profoundly sad life in Glasgow. Her back is scarred, her boyfriend missing, her family dispersed; she's suicidal. George takes her to Nicaragua to find out what has happened to them and to help her face her past. Once home, Carla's nightmarish memories take over, and Carla and George are thrown into the thick of the US war against the Sandinistas. A mystery develops over where Carla's boyfriend is, and the key to his whereabouts may be Carla's friend Bradley, a bitter American aid worker. She finds her family, the Contras attack, and she and the Scot face their choices. Written by <>

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A dream called freedom. A nightmare called Nicaragua.


Drama | Romance | War


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Release Date:

15 May 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Canção de Carla  »

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ESP 60,006,724 (Spain)

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Robert Carlyle learned to drive a bus for his part in the film. See more »


George Lennox: So er... what did you do?
Bradley: CIA, Tegucigalpa, '81 to '84, Honduras. You?
George Lennox: Bus driver, double-decker, number 72, Glasgow
[impish smile]
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References The Magnificent Seven (1960) See more »


Your Song
Written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin
Heard during the bar scene in Glasgow
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Beautiful! sensitive. human. sad! realistic. touching.
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A very beautiful and touching movie. Shows characters in a very sensitive way. A realistic film about people and the effect of terrible traumas (war) on them. It felt very sad. The movie really moved me what doesn't usually happen. Very recommended.

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