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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... See more »

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George Lennox
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Carla
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Bradley
Salvador Espinoza ...
Rafael
Louise Goodall ...
Maureen
Richard Loza ...
Antonio
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Sammy
Subash Singh Pall ...
Victor (as Subash Sing Pall)
Stewart Preston ...
McGurk
Margaret McAdam ...
George's Mother
Pamela Turner ...
Eileen
Greg Friel ...
Keyboard Player
Anne Marie Timoney ...
Warden (as Ann-Marie Timoney)
Andy Townsley ...
Taxi Driver
Alicia Devine ...
Hospital Sister
John Paul Leach ...
Doctor
Norma Rivera ...
Norma
José Meneses ...
Harry
Rosa Amelia López ...
Carla's Mother
Keila Rodríguez ...
Vocals
Josefa Calderon De Calero ...
Carla's Family #1 (as Josefa Calderón de Calero)
Azucena Figueroa ...
Carla's Family #2
Tomasa García ...
Carla's Family #3
Alcides González ...
Carla's Family #4
Manuela Guevara ...
Carla's Family #5
Karla Obando ...
Carla's Family #6
Santos Olivas ...
Carla's Family #7
Alison Paula Rizo ...
Carla's Family #8
Elba Aurora Talavera ...
Carla's Family #9
Luis Talavera ...
Carla's Family #10
Jimmy Jose Arguello ...
Brigadista (as Jimmy José Argüello)
José Alberto Avendaño ...
Brigadista
Ana Victoria Borge ...
Brigadista
Junior Escobar ...
Brigadista
Alma Bianco Medina ...
Brigadista (as Alma Blanco Medina)
Tatiana Miranda ...
Brigadista
Ramón Monterrey ...
Brigadista
Santiago Neira ...
Brigadista
Belkis Ramirez ...
Brigadista
María José Silva ...
Brigadista
Amy Bank ...
Witness for Peace
Belinda Forbes ...
Witness for Peace
Mark Forget ...
Witness for Peace
Tom Lee ...
Witness for Peace
Micky Mckay ...
Witness for Peace
Ruth Pacheco ...
Witness for Peace
Richard Senghas ...
Witness for Peace
Anita Setright ...
Witness for Peace
Laura Tredway ...
Witness for Peace
Marcelino Cruz
Alberto Flores
Roberto Flores
Narciso González
Claire Hemphill
Felipe Hernandez
Ramón Lozano
Thomas McTaggart

Directed by

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Ken Loach

Written by

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Paul Laverty ... ()

Produced by

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Ulrich Felsberg ... co-producer
Gerardo Herrero ... co-producer
Sally Hibbin ... producer

Music by

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George Fenton

Cinematography by

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Barry Ackroyd

Film Editing by

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Jonathan Morris

Editorial Department

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Paul Clegg ... second assistant editor
Helen Dolan ... post-production coordinator
Anthony Morris ... first assistant editor
Vaughn Mullady ... negative cutter
Rab Wilson ... editor trainee: FT2
Tom Mayclim ... negative cutting assistant (uncredited)

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Jeanie Bacharach
Wendy Ettinger

Production Design by

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Martin Johnson

Art Direction by

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Fergus Clegg
Llorenç Miquel

Costume Design by

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Daphne Dare
Lena Mossum

Makeup Department

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Christine Blundell ... hair stylist / makeup artist

Production Management

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Yousaf Bokhari ... unit production manager
Sally Morgan ... production manager
Pati Rosales ... unit manager
Lesley Stewart ... production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Yousaf Bokhari ... first assistant director
Manuel L. Cañizares ... assistant director
Robert Diment ... assistant director
Juan Manuel González ... assistant director
Tommy Gormley ... assistant director
Humberto Jiménez ... assistant director
Ben Johnson ... assistant director
Kate Ledger ... assistant director
Fiona Winning ... trainee assistant director

Art Department

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Laia Colet ... props
Penny Crawford ... production buyer
Paco Escofet ... carpenter (as Francisco Escofet)
Stephen Hargreaves ... construction manager
David Howell-Evans ... art department coordinator
José Luis López ... props
Josep Magem ... props
Maite Marti ... painter
Chris McMillan ... props
Campbell Mitchell ... props
Antonio Moreno ... construction manager
Glenn Start ... painter

Sound Department

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Julie Ankerson ... foley artist
Ray Beckett ... sound recordist
Kevin Brazier ... dubbing editor
Stephen Griffiths ... dubbing editor
Vincent Kinnaird ... sound maintenance
David Old ... dubbing mixer
Clive Pendry ... assistant dubbing mixer
Jorge Sánchez Zapata ... boom operator

Special Effects by

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César Abades ... special effects
Reyes Abades ... special effects

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Courtney Vanderslice ... head of production: Cinesite

Camera and Electrical Department

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Joss Barratt ... still photographer
Celio Castro ... best boy
Lorna Dixon ... assistant camera
Stewart Farmer ... electrician
Baz Irvine ... focus puller
Brennan Linsley ... still photographer
José Esteban López ... electrician
Kirstin McMahon ... assistant camera
Georg Nonnenmacher ... electrician
Frank Pineda ... second assistant camera
Helmut Prein ... gaffer
Diego Quemada-Díez ... assistant camera (as Diego Quemada)
Mark Ritchie ... best boy
Miguel Urbina ... assistant camera

Casting Department

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Florence Jaugey ... casting: Nicaragua

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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María Engo ... wardrobe assistant
Rafael Espina ... wardrobe assistant
Rhona Russell ... wardrobe assistant

Location Management

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José Antonio García ... location manager
Robert How ... location manager

Music Department

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Paul Hulme ... music recordist
Adrian Thomas ... music pre-production
Paul Lavergne ... soundtrack album producer (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department

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Susanna Lenton ... script supervisor

Other crew

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Ana Coyne Alonso ... production assistant
Gillian Berrie ... production assistant
Denise Booth ... production assistant
Lucinda Broadbent ... crowd coordinator
Martin Butterworth ... title designer
Helen Dolan ... contact: London
Anneli Downing ... production assistant
Tanya Freedman ... production assistant
Steffi Hiller ... accountant: Germany
Georgina Isherwood ... production coordinator
Patrick Isherwood ... production accountant
Liz Light ... production assistant
Margarita McDermott ... production coordinator
John McKain ... assistant accountant
Edgar Suirez ... production assistant

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines A dream called freedom. A nightmare called Nicaragua. See more »
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Also Known As
  • La canción de Carla (Spain)
  • Carlan laulu (Finland)
  • Carla dala (Hungary)
  • カルラの歌 (Japan, Japanese title)
  • Carlas sång (Sweden)
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  • 127 min
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Trivia Robert Carlyle learned to drive a bus for his part in the film. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Great Directors (2009). See more »
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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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