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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.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Carlos Padilla ...
Gustavo Muñoz ...
Uncle Beto
Mama Toya
Jorge Angel Toriello ...
Andrés Márquez ...
Alejandro Felipe ...
Ricardito (as Alejandro Felipe Flores)
Ana Paulina Caceres ...
Rosita (as Ana Paulina Cáceres)
Xuna Primus ...
Cristina Maria
Angelita (as Paulina Gaytan Ruíz)
Alan Chávez ...
Antonio (as Alan Andreé)


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...


Drama | Thriller | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

4 November 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Innocent Voices  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$6,105 (Hong Kong) (8 July 2005)


$192,000 (USA) (14 October 2005)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Official submission from Mexico for the 77th Academy Awards. See more »


The American staff sergeant's rank switches from the correct position (chevrons up) to an incorrect position (chevrons down), back to the correct one when the cameras change in one of the scenes. See more »


[repeated line]
Chava: I'm the man of the house.
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La De La Mochila Azul
Written by Bulmaro Bermúdez
Performed by Pedro Fernández (as Pedrito Fernández)
Courtesy of SM Entertainment México, S. de R.L. de C.V.
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90% Accurate Regarding the Civil War
5 February 2005 | by (Toronto,Canada) – See all my reviews

I also saw this movie and can testify that it's 90% accurate regarding how the civil war really was. But it's still a left-wing flick, it tilts that way. For instance, it showed us the brutality of the right-wing military but never once did it mentioned the atrocities of the communist guerrillas. I for one lived in El Salvador during the civil war and can say it was an ugly, nasty war. Most of the atrocities were committed by the communist left-wing guerrillas. They also committed massacres en-masse of civilians.

There still DOESN'T exist ONE flick about the Salvadoran civil war which showed BOTH sides of the atrocities. All of them are left-leaning.

Anyways, let's pardon this movie for neglecting to show us the atrocities of the other side (communist guerrillas) and let's focus on the cinematography.... it was excellent, excellent cinematography, I liked the attention to detail in this movie, the recruitments and the sudden barrages of gunfire.. that's exactly how this war was. Boys were forcefully drafted into the army and thrown into battle-infested areas as soon as they reached 12, sometimes younger (amazing that this movie neglected to depict the fact that the guerrillas were worse, they took kids at 9 years of age and gave them Ak-47's to attack military bases).

Anyways, I really enjoyed this "coming of age" movie in a war-torn country, at least it was accurate and not preposterous like James Wood's/Oliver Stone's 1985 "Salvador".

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