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  • Actors: Carlos Padilla, Leonor Varela, Xuna Primus, Gustavo Munoz, José María Yazpik
  • Directors: Luis Mandoki
  • Producers: Luis Mandoki, Lawrence Bender
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Universal Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Nov. 2006
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000J3CSSA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 106,072 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Harrowing drama based on true events. In the 1980s, El Salvador is in the middle of a desperate civil war. Chava (Carlos Padilla) is a young boy who finds himself having to take care of his mother after his father abandons them. As the government forces and the communist rebels battle for supremacy, they start forcibly conscripting children to fight in their armies. While the war rages closer to Chava's village, Chava is forced to choose which side he must fight on, while keeping hope alive.

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Chava (Carlos Padilla) is an eleven-year-old boy in 1980s civil war-torn El Salvador who is faced with the difficult choice of fighting for the government or the peasant rebels. Chava knows that once he turns twelve, he will be conscripted to fight the government's battle against the rebels. In addition, he has to find work to help his single mother. Chava attempts to survive the conflicting pressures of his warring country. Innocent Voices is based on the childhood of screenwriter Oscar Torres and is a moving tale of one boy who has his innocence corrupted by opposing armies seeking to recruit him. --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.

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45 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Andy on 20 July 2007
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The movie "Salvador" made a lasting impression; it was a movie about the political situation in El Salvador during years of civil war, about death-squads and human suffering."Innocent people" is about humans and humanity itself.

I embraced myself for the horrors to come in "Innocent voices" how can movie portray war without blood and terror done in the latest Hollywood fashion. But then again this isn't a Hollywood movie.

The film captures innocence, beauty, tranquility of forest scenario of rivers, in children's games and laughter. Yet the war is always present in uniformed soldiers, stray bullets in the middle of the night, tears of mothers and the inevitable abduction of young boys ear-marked for a grown up's war at the age of 12, a fact ever present in the film.

Stunning performances by young actors and older ones alike! I was at awe the whole time the film ever surprising me. A powerful story played out perfectly on a grand scale and worth every ones time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By niklas eden on 11 Mar. 2009
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the film is a shocking view of the reality in the days of the salvadorian war. it shows how cruel war is and you won't believe what soldiers are able to do. there are scenes I am sure you can't hide your tears. but netherheless for each one who goes through life with open eyes it is a very important work to understand what is going on in the world. the little main actor is amazing playing his part as it really would happen.
also the rest of the actors crew. well directed. good quality in sound and vision. my advice: watch this film. kids under 16 better should watch
it with their parents.
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41 of 47 people found the following review helpful By THE DORIAN ENSEMBLE on 24 Aug. 2009
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I have been reading through the reviews for this horrific story, yet stupendous film, most of which I thoroughly endorse, but I came upon one by `HAPPY TULIP'(!) which she posted in September 2007 and I could not disagree more with her when she says that you can't show it to children of twelve.
This film is, as she also says, quite brilliant. This is the sort of world cinema production that Hollywood would not even know how to begin to make. It is `brilliant' in that it, in a necessarily harsh and even callous way, defines the brutal reality that is war and the fact that it is very often the children who suffer the most.
There is far too much `cotton-woolling' of 'kiddies' in the UK and North America. That is why Americans were so shocked and surprised by the reality of life when they were attacked on 9/11. This was, after all, the kind of brutality which had hitherto only been perpetrated upon American citizens by other American citizens within their own country - think of the black struggle, as just one example!
`Innocent Voices' is a tragic story but can be a tremendous lesson in learning to abhor the hatred and violence meted out by human beings upon each other. It is therefore necessary that children should be exposed to this reality as early as possible and, in my belief, this film should be required viewing by all children of 11 years and up. By all means sit with them and explain what is happening and be ready to console them if they are distressed. But for goodness sake let them see it. In any case, they need to be distressed! This is, after all, what is happening to children of much younger than eleven all over the world still today.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. Peltonen on 1 July 2009
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I saw this film when it first came out and have seen it tens of times since. The film gives you a good image of the everyday life in El Salvador during the war that went on for too long.
It is moving to see how the children have grown up to accept the war as a part of their everyday lives, how they have to choose between becoming a child soldier or a guerilla fighter, what sacrifices the mother has to do to provide her children a 'normal' life. . .
This is a beautiful film that doesn't preach nor point fingers but will make you think.
I have seen this film tens of times and will watch it again and never get bored of it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Symphony on 6 April 2010
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Voces Innocentes [spanish, subtitled English] is one of those rare classics - a movie that could so easily be overlooked by the world, is relatively difficult to buy but is an absolutely amazing, and beautiful story. Although I had a few tearful moments, the film, which tells the story of Chava, a young boy, who, when is turns of the right age, is taken away from his family along with all the boys of his age to train to be a soldier - and the twists his life takes from there onwards. Innocent Voices is the most fitting title, and I would recommend this to all adults, perhaps not children. Well worth a watch certainly.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By cozimo on 9 Nov. 2006
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After reading the first customers comments I felt compelled to write my first review, it is the melodrama and horrific subject matter of this film that makes it so incredibly memorable, this is easily the best film of 2005, poignant, funny, serious, thought provoking, tragic, this is a great film and one that can't be missed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Theresa Cole on 12 Oct. 2010
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I watched this movie without reading any of the blurb on the back of the case. I really wasn't prepared for the emotional rollercoaster that this film was. The acting was superb. Leonor Varela shows that she is not just a pretty face, she was brilliant, completely beleivable as a mother struggling to make ends meet and raise small children. Her facial expression during one particular scene with Chava made me cry! As for Carlos Padilla - amazing!
This movie is a true account and some of the content is disturbing. Top marks from the directors for capturing the 'essence of innocence' and how easily that is destroyed.
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