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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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Storyline

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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Country:

UK | Spain | Germany

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

15 May 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La canción de Carla See more »

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| (director's cut)

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Dolby | Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)
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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

Featured in Great Directors (2009) See more »

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Canción urgente para Nicaragua
Written by Silvio Rodríguez
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The neocolonial view
19 May 2008 | by pedrodegreiffSee all my reviews

One of the biggest problems of European and Northamerican movies about Latinoamerica and its problems, is that most of the those have strong neocolonialism "poor latinoamericanos, they are so poor, have so big troubles, the governments are always guilty and they need our help (Europa or Northamerica) to continue",and this movie is not an exception of it. Ken Loach is known for the high and strong social and political views in his movies,but here the neocolonial look is clear, and you can see it at trough all the movie and at is best, when a Scotish Bus driver, who drives perfect machines in good roads, drives a 5th class bus trough a typical rural road in Latinomarica (the worst road in the UK is not the half of one of those), and with a single gun defeats a trained army,something that none of the locals has done, it looked like Rambo with social beliefs, and it is great to have movies about these subjects, but please, not with this prejudgment.


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