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Land and Freedom (1995)

Not Rated | | Drama, War | 22 March 1996 (USA)
David is an unemployed communist that comes to Spain in 1937 during the civil war to enroll the republicans and defend the democracy against the fascists. He makes friends between the soldiers.

Director:

Ken Loach

Writer:

Jim Allen (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ian Hart ... David Carr
Rosana Pastor ... Blanca
Icíar Bollaín ... Maite (as Iciar Bollain)
Tom Gilroy ... Lawrence
Marc Martínez ... Juan Vidal (as Marc Martinez)
Frédéric Pierrot ... Bernard Goujon (as Frederic Pierrot)
Andrés Aladren Andrés Aladren ... Militia member (as Andres Aladren)
Sergi Calleja Sergi Calleja ... Militia member
Raffaele Cantatore Raffaele Cantatore ... Militia member
Pascal Demolon Pascal Demolon ... Militia member
Paul Laverty ... Militia member
Josep Magem Josep Magem ... Militia member
Eoin McCarthy Eoin McCarthy ... Connor
Jürgen Müller Jürgen Müller ... Militia member
Víctor Roca Víctor Roca ... Militia member (as Roca)
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Storyline

Summer 1936, a young unemployed communist, David, leaves his hometown Liverpool to join the fight against fascism in Spain. He joins an international group of Militia-men and women, the POUM (Partido Obrero de Unificación Marxista). After being wounded he goes to Barcelona, where he decides to join another group of fighters. They remain in Barcelona and end up fighting other anti-fascist groups. David is disappointed and decides to go back to his old band. Written by Walter de Rijk <W.C.A.de.Rijk@let.uva.nl>

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Fighting for your belief in another's war.

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Drama | War

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Country:

UK | Spain | Germany | Italy | France

Language:

English | Spanish | Catalan

Release Date:

22 March 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tierra y libertad See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

£2,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$230,187
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Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

According to Ken Loach, the debate in the village was the key scene in the film. He had local residents from the village play crowd members in that meeting. See more »

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Actually the rucksacks are the same as British 1908 pattern, and were made from 1929 onwards by La Industria Lonera in Barcelona, Spain. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Kim, David's granddaughter: The other day I found this. It was amongst my granddad's papers, and I just thought it was, like, fitting for him. It's a poem by William Morris, and I'd just like to read it out: "Join in the battle, wherein no man can fail. For whoso fadeth and dieth, yet his deeds shall still prevail."
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A Las Barricades
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The forgotten prelude to World War 2
30 May 2002 | by jaybobSee all my reviews

Ken Loach proves once again, that he is a director of the very highest calibre. He has crafted a film about the Spanish Civil War (1936-9), which was the prelude to WW2.

Truthfully I could care less about the politics of this tragic episode in world history, BUT the director,by his sheer genius & craftsmanship made me sit at the edge of my seat & pay close attention. Subtitles are used sparingly & it is hard to make some of the dialogue out due thick accent, The acting is so skillfull you needed no dialogue,you are able to understand each actors feelings & emotions. Credit this to Mr.Loach, The only actor I have heard of in this film is the lead IAN HART/ He & all the others do an excellent job. This film was made in 1995, & barely released,another example of distributors not knowing a GREAT film from a hole in the ground. Even this is a war film, there is very little violence, a good history lesson for the younger ones, then a trip to the library to find out more.

My rating is ***1/2 95/100 points 9 on IMDb


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