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Innocent Voices (2004) More at IMDbPro »Voces inocentes (original title)

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Innocent Voices -- 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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Luis Mandoki (screenplay)
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Release Date:
28 January 2005 (Mexico) See more »
How much will a mother sacrifice for the love of her son...
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. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Carlos Padilla ... Chava

Leonor Varela ... Kella
Gustavo Muñoz ... Ancha

José María Yazpik ... Uncle Beto

Ofelia Medina ... Mama Toya

Daniel Giménez Cacho ... Priest

Jesús Ochoa ... Chofer
Jorge Angel Toriello ... Fito

Adrian Alonso ... Chele
Andrés Márquez ... Marcos
Alejandro Felipe ... Ricardito (as Alejandro Felipe Flores)
Ana Paulina Caceres ... Rosita (as Ana Paulina Cáceres)
Xuna Primus ... Cristina Maria

Paulina Gaitan ... Angelita (as Paulina Gaytan Ruíz)
Alan Chávez ... Antonio (as Alan Andreé)

Gustavo Sánchez Parra ... Teniente Ruíz

Héctor Jiménez ... Raton

Guillermo Ríos ... Soldado
Lourdes Villareal ... Dona Celia
Ania Yarasech ... Maestra Carmen
Prisiliana Hernández ... Dona Amalia
Aurelio Perea Morales ... Don Yeyo
Luisa Garza ... Maestra Sol
Alberto Lara ... Director de escuela
Filomena Hernández ... Viejita
Lucila Casterejón ... Mujer Bazar 1
Jonathan Morales ... Temo
Daniela Varela ... Yanira
René Hernandez ... René (as René Hernández)
Jennifer Cuevas ... Companera de Trabajo
Gilda Navarro ... Monja 1
Margarita Mandoki ... Monja 2
José Augustín Flores ... Tío Mario
Manuel Zorrilla ... Soldado
Antonio García ... Sargento
Juan Carlos Luna ... Soldado Americano 2
Félix Johannes ... Soldado Americano 3
Isabel Galvan ... Mujer Bazar 2
Juan Aquino Navarro ... Borracho 1
Luis Gonzaga Padilla ... Borracho 2
Leon Rafael ... Fotógrafo Prensa
Penny Redman ... Fotógrafa Prensa
María Antonia Ruíz ... Mujer Volante
Nayeli Tlapa ... Chica Nalgada
Claudia Suárez ... Chica Nalgada
Rafael Moya ... Comandante C
José Gabriel Marín ... Muerto 2
Analí Bravo ... Nina 15 anos
Karla María González ... Nina 15 anos
Esther Galván ... Pollera
Edgar Mencos ... Soldier shoting speakers at church (as Edgar Leonel Mencos)
Amelia Contreras ... Mama Chillón
María De Los Ángeles Osuna ... Mujer Baleada
Enrique Suárez ... Pick-Up Militar
Javier Mercado ... Jeep Militar
Ernesto Mejia ... Jeep Militar
Enrique Carrillo ... Camión Pasajero
Javier Pedraza ... Soldado E

Víctor González ... Soldado F
Pablo Cuevas ... Soldado Americano I
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ignacio Retes ... Don Chico (uncredited)

Directed by
Luis Mandoki 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Luis Mandoki  screenplay
Oscar Orlando Torres  screenplay
Oscar Orlando Torres  story

Produced by
Lawrence Bender .... producer
Federico González Compeán .... executive producer
Francisco González Compeán .... executive producer
Tery Lopez .... co-producer
Mónica Lozano .... executive producer
Luis Mandoki .... producer
Miguel Necoechea .... executive producer
Anna Roth .... executive producer
Alejandro Soberón Kuri .... producer
Oscar Orlando Torres .... co-producer
Original Music by
André Abujamra 
Cinematography by
Juan Ruiz Anchía 
Film Editing by
Aleshka Ferrero (edited by)
Casting by
Carla Hool 
Production Design by
Antonio Muño-Hierro 
Set Decoration by
Sandra Cabriada 
Costume Design by
Gilda Navarro 
Makeup Department
Ingrid Hartowicz-Fuentes .... key makeup artist
Ingrid Hartowicz-Fuentes .... makeup artist: Ms. Varela
David Ruiz Gameros .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Giordo Ganem .... production manager
Carlos Llergo .... unit production manager
Tlacateotl Mata .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Renan Bendersky .... second assistant director
Kira Dominguez .... second assistant director
Manuel Hinojosa .... first assistant director
Miguel Necoechea Jr. .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Moises Pineda .... production buyer
Tomas Rodriguez Tovar .... leadman
Sound Department
Jaime Baksht .... sound re-recording mixer
Ricardo Cabrera .... cable person: sound
Fernando Cámara .... sound
Sergio Diaz .... first assistant sound editor
Jed M. Dodge .... dialogue editor
Ruy García .... adr mixer
Juan Antonio Gomez .... foley mixer
Martín Hernández .... sound designer
Martín Hernández .... supervising sound editor
Jorge Lugo .... sound
Tania López Jensen .... adr coordinator
Alejandro Quevedo .... sound editor
Roland N. Thai .... sound designer
Carlos Zamorano .... foley artist
Special Effects by
Jesus G. Duran .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Luis Blackaller .... opening credit sequence
Gabriel Kerlegand .... visual effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Irek Hartowicz .... additional photography
Iwao Kawasaki .... extra assistant camera
Gerardo Manjarrez .... b camera/steadicam operator
Fernando Moreno .... gaffer
Juan Pablo Ojeda .... second assistant camera
Editorial Department
Dylan Bond .... assistant editor
Luis Carballar .... co-editor
Adriana Martínez .... assistant editor
John Nicolard .... digital intermediate supervisor
Carlos Puente .... co-editor
Mariana Rodríguez .... co-editor
Jeanette Russ .... assistant editor
Mario Sandoval .... additional editor
Walter Volpatto .... digital intermediate colorist
Music Department
Lynn Fainchtein .... music supervisor
Renato Lemos .... orchestrator
Transportation Department
Rosario Huerta .... transportation assistant
Edmundo Pérez .... production driver
Other crew
Jose Manuel Ballesteros .... caterer
Jose Manuel Ballesteros .... craft service
Martin Corkidi .... location manager
Maritza Diaz .... publicist
Yuria Goded .... production coordinator
Francisco Payó González .... director: making-of featurette
Vanessa Hernández .... second production coordinator
Rebecca Husain .... personal assistant to director
Carlos Larios .... set production assistant
Edgar Mencos .... military advisor
Gilberto Miñón .... production assistant
Cristina Ramiro Monroy .... personal assistant to director
Armando Patino .... production runner
Julio Quezada Orozco .... production assistant
Adam Schindler .... assistant to producer

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Also Known As:
"Voces inocentes" - Mexico (original title)
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Rated R for disturbing violence and some language
120 min
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Did You Know?

Based on a true story.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
Priest:I assure you, when one lives in the grace of God, war does not exist.See more »
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41 out of 61 people found the following review useful.
90% Accurate Regarding the Civil War, 5 February 2005
Author: Alien_Latino from Toronto, Canada

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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