IMDb > Carla's Song (1996)
Carla's Song
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

Carla's Song (1996) More at IMDbPro »

Photos (See all 2 | slideshow) Videos
Carla's Song -- US Home Video Trailer from Shadow


User Rating:
6.9/10   2,140 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Up 69% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
View company contact information for Carla's Song on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
15 May 1997 (USA) See more »
A dream called freedom. A nightmare called Nicaragua.
1987, love in time of war. A bus driver George Lennox meets Carla, a Nicaraguan exile living a precarious... See more » | Add synopsis »
Plot Keywords:
4 wins & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
This film really surprised me... a real masterpiece!! See more (15 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Robert Carlyle ... George Lennox
Oyanka Cabezas ... Carla

Scott Glenn ... Bradley
Salvador Espinoza ... Rafael
Louise Goodall ... Maureen
Richard Loza ... Antonio

Gary Lewis ... Sammy
Subash Singh Pall ... Victor
Stewart Preston ... McGurk
Margaret McAdam ... George's Mother
Pamela Turner ... Eileen
Greg Friel ... Keyboard Player
Anne Marie Timoney ... Warden
Andy Townsley ... Taxi Driver
Alicia Devine ... Hospital Sister
John Paul Leach ... Doctor
Norma Rivera ... Norma
José Meneses ... Harry
Rosa Amelia López ... Carla's Mother
Keila Rodriguez ... Vocals
Josefa Calderon De Calero ... Carla's Family #1
Azucena Figueroa ... Carla's Family #2
Tomasa García ... Carla's Family #3
Alcides González ... Carla's Family #4
Manuela Guevara ... Carla's Family #5
Karla Obando ... Carla's Family #6
Santos Olivas ... Carla's Family #7
Alison Paula Rizo ... Carla's Family #8
Elba Aurora Talavera ... Carla's Family #9
Luis Talavera ... Carla's Family #10
Jimmy Jose Arguello ... Brigadista
José Alberto Avendaño ... Brigadista
Ana Victoria Borge ... Brigadista
Junior Escobar ... Brigadista
Alma Bianco Medina ... Brigadista
Tatiana Miranda ... Brigadista
Ramón Monterrey ... Brigadista
Santiago Neira ... Brigadista
Belkis Ramirez ... Brigadista
María José Silva ... Brigadista
Amy Bank ... Witness for Peace
Belinda Forbes ... Witness for Peace
Mark Forget ... Witness for Peace
Tom Lee ... Witness for Peace
Micky Mckay ... Witness for Peace
Ruth Pacheco ... Witness for Peace
Richard Senghas ... Witness for Peace
Anita Setright ... Witness for Peace
Laura Tredway ... Witness for Peace
Marcelino Cruz
Alberto Flores
Roberto Flores
Narciso González
Claire Hemphill
Felipe Hernandez

Ford Kiernan
Ramón Lozano
Thomas McTaggart

Directed by
Ken Loach 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Paul Laverty 

Produced by
Ulrich Felsberg .... co-producer
Gerardo Herrero .... co-producer
Sally Hibbin .... producer
Original Music by
George Fenton 
Cinematography by
Barry Ackroyd 
Film Editing by
Jonathan Morris 
Casting by
Jeanie Bacharach 
Wendy Ettinger 
Production Design by
Martin Johnson 
Art Direction by
Fergus Clegg 
Llorenç Miquel 
Costume Design by
Daphne Dare 
Lena Mossum 
Makeup Department
Christine Blundell .... hair stylist
Christine Blundell .... makeup artist
Production Management
Yousaf Bokhari .... unit production manager
Sally Morgan .... production manager
Pati Rosales .... unit manager
Lesley Stewart .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Yousaf Bokhari .... first assistant director
Manuel L. Cañizares .... assistant director
Robert Diment .... assistant director
Juan Manuel González .... assistant director
Tommy Gormley .... assistant director
Humberto Jiménez .... assistant director
Ben Johnson .... assistant director
Kate Ledger .... assistant director
Fiona Winning .... trainee assistant director
Art Department
Penny Crawford .... production buyer
Francisco Escofet .... carpenter
Stephen Hargreaves .... construction manager
David Howell-Evans .... art department coordinator
José Luis López .... props
Josep Magem .... props
Maite Marti .... painter
Chris McMillan .... props
Campbell Mitchell .... props
Antonio Moreno .... construction manager
Glenn Start .... painter
Sound Department
Julie Ankerson .... foley artist
Ray Beckett .... sound recordist
Kevin Brazier .... dubbing editor
Stephen Griffiths .... dubbing editor
Vincent Kinnaird .... sound maintenance
David Old .... dubbing mixer
Clive Pendry .... assistant dubbing mixer
Jorge Sánchez Zapata .... boom operator
Special Effects by
César Abades .... special effects
Reyes Abades .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Courtney Vanderslice .... head of production: Cinesite
Camera and Electrical Department
Joss Barratt .... still photographer
Celio Castro .... best boy
Lorna Dixon .... assistant camera
Stewart Farmer .... electrician
Baz Irvine .... focus puller
Brennan Linsley .... still photographer
José Esteban López .... electrician
Kirstin McMahon .... assistant camera
Georg Nonnenmacher .... electrician
Frank Pineda .... second assistant camera
Helmut Prein .... gaffer
Diego Quemada-Díez .... assistant camera (as Diego Quemada)
Mark Ritchie .... best boy
Miguel Urbina .... assistant camera
Casting Department
Florence Jaugey .... casting: Nicaragua
Costume and Wardrobe Department
María Engo .... wardrobe assistant
Rafael Espina .... wardrobe assistant
Rhona Russell .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Paul Clegg .... second assistant editor
Helen Dolan .... post-production coordinator
Anthony Morris .... first assistant editor
Vaughn Mullady .... negative cutter
Rab Wilson .... editor trainee: FT2
Tom Mayclim .... negative cutting assistant (uncredited)
Music Department
Paul Hulme .... music recordist
Adrian Thomas .... musical associate
Other crew
Ana Coyne Alonso .... production assistant
Gillian Berrie .... production assistant
Denise Booth .... production assistant
Lucinda Broadbent .... crowd coordinator
Martin Butterworth .... title designer
Helen Dolan .... contact: London
Anneli Downing .... production assistant
Tanya Freedman .... production assistant
José Antonio García .... location manager
Steffi Hiller .... accountant: Germany
Robert How .... location manager
Georgina Isherwood .... production coordinator
Patrick Isherwood .... production accountant
Susanna Lenton .... script supervisor
Liz Light .... production assistant
Margarita McDermott .... production coordinator
John McKain .... assistant accountant
Edgar Suirez .... production assistant

Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies

Additional Details

Also Known As:
127 min
Color (Metrocolor)
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

Robert Carlyle learned to drive a bus for his part in the film.See more »
Movie Connections:
Your SongSee more »


This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
11 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
This film really surprised me... a real masterpiece!!, 26 April 1999
Author: Marjorie Bendeck from Mexico City

I am a great admirer of Ken Loach, the way he can make you get emotionally involved in the plots of his movies and how he designs his movies so one can fully comprehend the social situation his characters are living. The atmospheres created by him show us examples of a social realism confronted by modern day people (especially in England).

When I started watching this movie, I really had no idea of the turn it would take. When it turned out that "Carla" was from Nicaragua, and it was taking place in the time of heavy war, I didn't imagine the masterfulness with which he recreated the events. Since I live in Honduras, I was very well informed and concerned about the Nicaraguan revolution. All the scenes, the music and the whole environment really caused a great impact on me. I could swear I was watching a documentary instead of a movie. Living near that country and being in contact with its people helped me understand the hardships they went through. And the situation painted by Loach of how the Nicaraguans felt and reacted about the war was incredibly realistic!!

Carlyle's character was superb!! He showed emotions that were very pure and sincere not only to "Carla" but to the whole situation. He was just too good a person, he showed us unselfish feelings that nowadays are very hard to find in our society, which is oriented mainly to material purposes rather than spiritual fulfillment.

This is the kind of humanistic films that should be made to teach people about the "real world" and true, unselfish comprehensive and devoted love. A love that goes so deep that one is willing to do anything for the other's happiness and wellbeing... even if it means letting them go.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (15 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for Carla's Song (1996)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
Love this movie BelleGold89
Where are the subtitles? magnumco
Sobre el cine nicaraguense... ricardo-zambrana
The name of the song? nikos_k_2
The first showing on Channel 4. TheBrothersCarruthers
See more »


If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
El diputado Toto the Hero The Official Story Persepolis Munich
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Drama section IMDb UK section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.