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Carla's Song (1996)

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1987, love in time of war. A bus driver George Lennox meets Carla, a Nicaraguan exile living a precarious, profoundly sad life in Glasgow. Her back is scarred, her boyfriend missing, her ... See full summary »

Director:

Ken Loach

Writer:

Paul Laverty
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Carlyle ... George Lennox
Oyanka Cabezas ... Carla
Scott Glenn ... Bradley
Salvador Espinoza Salvador Espinoza ... Rafael
Louise Goodall Louise Goodall ... Maureen
Richard Loza Richard Loza ... Antonio
Gary Lewis ... Sammy
Subash Singh Pall Subash Singh Pall ... Victor (as Subash Sing Pall)
Stewart Preston Stewart Preston ... McGurk
Margaret McAdam Margaret McAdam ... George's Mother
Pamela Turner Pamela Turner ... Eileen
Greg Friel Greg Friel ... Keyboard Player
Anne Marie Timoney Anne Marie Timoney ... Warden (as Ann-Marie Timoney)
Andy Townsley Andy Townsley ... Taxi Driver
Alicia Devine Alicia Devine ... Hospital Sister
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1987, love in time of war. A bus driver George Lennox meets Carla, a Nicaraguan exile living a precarious, profoundly sad life in Glasgow. Her back is scarred, her boyfriend missing, her family dispersed; she's suicidal. George takes her to Nicaragua to find out what has happened to them and to help her face her past. Once home, Carla's nightmarish memories take over, and Carla and George are thrown into the thick of the US war against the Sandinistas. A mystery develops over where Carla's boyfriend is, and the key to his whereabouts may be Carla's friend Bradley, a bitter American aid worker. She finds her family, the Contras attack, and she and the Scot face their choices. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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A dream called freedom. A nightmare called Nicaragua.

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Drama | Romance | War

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Trivia

Robert Carlyle learned to drive a bus for his part in the film. See more »

Quotes

George Lennox: So er... what did you do?
Bradley: CIA, Tegucigalpa, '81 to '84, Honduras. You?
George Lennox: Bus driver, double-decker, number 72, Glasgow
[impish smile]
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Connections

References The Magnificent Seven (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

Oh Read (Palo de mayo)
Traditional song
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A two part movie
12 April 2016 | by juneebuggySee all my reviews

I really enjoyed the first part of this movie which takes place in Glasgow Scotland following Robert Carlyle as a double deck bus driver who falls for a Nicaraguan woman after she gets caught not paying the fare. "George" takes Carla under his care, finds her a place to live and her story slowly comes out as they fall in love.

Carla is emotionally tortured, as a Nicaraguan refugee she has witnessed much violence and devastation in her country's civil war. Eventually George buys them tickets back to Nicaragua so she can look for her family and a former lover, who was brutalized by the Contras during an ambush.

I didn't like the second half of this as much, although the volatile environment of the country is well portrayed it just didn't hold my interest. The characters got vague as this become more of a political vehicle then the drama/romance we had with in the first part.

In their search to find Carla's boyfriend they meet up with (Scott Glen), a bitter American aid worker who helps in the mystery of where her boyfriend is. As the war and violence takes over their lives, both of them have to make decisions. Ultimately I came away underwhelmed about the whole thing even though I think this movie was meant to move me on some level.

I always enjoy Robert Carlyle, he does a great job here and was the main reason I watched this. 3/18/16


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Language:

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Release Date:

15 May 1997 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$25,845

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$25,845
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| (director's cut)

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Dolby | Dolby SR

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Color (Metrocolor)
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