Innocent Voices (2004)
"Voces inocentes" (original title)

R  |   |  Drama, War  |  4 November 2005 (USA)
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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 | War

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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  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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1.85 : 1
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The main character's name, Chava, is the diminutive (nickname) for anyone named Salvador, which is also the name of the country the story takes place. 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 »


Priest: I assure you, when one lives in the grace of God, war does not exist.
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La jícara
Written by René Márquez Rojo
Performed by Orquesta Internacional Hermanos Flores
Courtesy of Orquesta Internacional Hermanos Flores
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An incredible journey as seen through the innocent eyes of an 11-year-old boy.
3 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this film in El Salvador, while I was on vacation visiting relatives. It is a very good film. Somehow, I'd hoped that it would be this good. I have seen previous films about El Salvador, from "Salvador" by Oliver Stone to "Romero", but none of those films come close to portraying how this civil war affected thousands of civilians. The film depicts the story of Chava, an 11 year-old boy, whose main concern is that as soon as he turns 12 he will be recruited by the Military to fight the Guerillas. Through his eyes, we see the atrocities that are brought upon his family,friends and his own life. Though it is set in El Salvador, this could be a story from anywhere around the world, where a Civil War breaks out and the effects on its own people.

The characters are well written; the plot well told and the actors, especially, the kid playing Chava are very good. It is void of any clichés as many films when dealing with delicate subjects such as a civil war. You can see that these are real people going through a great ordeal, unlike "Salvador" or even "Romero" whose characters and plots were obviously made up based on facts read on news papers. I highly recommend this film to everyone who wants to see the reality of war and its consequences on the lives of innocent people.

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