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Innocent Voices (2004)

Voces inocentes (original title)
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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13 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Carlos Padilla ...
Chava
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Kella
Gustavo Muñoz ...
Ancha
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Uncle Beto
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Mama Toya
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Priest
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Chofer
Jorge Angel Toriello ...
Fito
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Chele
Andrés Márquez ...
Marcos
Alejandro Felipe ...
Ricardito (as Alejandro Felipe Flores)
Ana Paulina Caceres ...
Rosita (as Ana Paulina Cáceres)
Xuna Primus ...
Cristina Maria
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Angelita (as Paulina Gaytan Ruíz)
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...

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Drama | Thriller | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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4 November 2005 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$192,000 (USA) (14 October 2005)
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1.85 : 1
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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

[repeated line]
Chava: I'm the man of the house.
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Mi país
Written by Orlando Ruiz
Performed by Orquesta Internacional Hermanos Flores
Courtesy of Orquesta Internacional Hermanos Flores
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A film that you will remember for a long time.
19 September 2004 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

I just saw this film (World Premiere)the final day of the Toronto International Film Festival on September 18. It is in Spanish with English subtitles. The film, set in El Salvador during the years of civil war in the '80s, is told through the voice and eyes of 11-year old Chava. He lives with his mother, two brothers and a sister in a cardboard-house in a village, and at age 12 will be 'eligible' to be taken into the "ejercito" (army). The acting is superb-both principals and supporting cast- as is the directing and pacing. This film will leave you moved both to tears and to admiration for the human spirit. Though the two hours seemed to pass in minutes, thinking about this film will last for many years. I really felt I was present "on the set". Both the director(Luis Mandoki) and the screenplay writer(Oscar Torres, who was the boy in the film) were present for an emotional and uplifting Q&A. I could only give this film a 10 and hope it will be distributed in as many countries as possible.


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