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Robert Carlyle (The Full Monty) stars as George, a Glasgow bus driver who risks his job by giving a free ride to a beautiful Nicaraguan woman with no money. From the moment that he sees her, George becomes infatuated.

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  • Actors: Robert Carlyle, Oyanka Cabezas, Scott Glenn, Salvador Espinoza, Louise Goodall
  • Directors: Ken Loach
  • Writers: Paul Laverty
  • Producers: Gerardo Herrero, Sally Hibbin, Ulrich Felsberg
  • Format: Color, Letterboxed, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Fox Lorber
  • DVD Release Date: March 30, 1999
  • Run Time: 127 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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  • ASIN: B00000IC0N
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,079 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By "brucethepusherman" on February 25, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
in carlla's song, ken loach explores love in the midst of hell when a reckless and irresponsible bus driver (robert carlyle) falls in love with a beautiful but suicidal nicaraguan refugee(oyanka cabezas). she is suffering from severe case of survivor's guilt and as the driver falls deeper and deeper in love with her, it becomes obvious that he is going to have to quelle her nigtmares and that means taking her back to a nicaraguan war zone to confront her demons. Ken loach's matter of fact ease with situational dialogue translates well into all of the necessary languages, and the result is a very special movie.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By oliver_golds@hotmail.com on June 3, 1999
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Possibly Ken Loach's finest work. If you only know Robert Carlyle from The Full Monty, then view this. Thee won't be a dry eye in the house. The DVD transfer is disappointing & the extras are minimal to say the least but the quality of the story & film making outshine any technical misgivingd
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Shusuke Shimonaka on August 30, 2003
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In this film, Director Ken loach sucessfully crystalized his unshaken belief on humanity.
there's clear difference between his former film "land and freedom", both films descrive one indivisual goes through wartime in foreign country and the end of personal relationship they confront in the middle of chaotic situation. However, unlike "Land and freedom", the hero,Jorge,bus driver in Glassgow,never has been politically motivated character in the first place. He went to nicaragua together with his girlfriend, Carla, to help her to face her past by finding her ex-boyfriend and to overcome inner trauma and scar. Jorge eventully started being frustrated with his powerlessness against the inhuman crisis ongoing in her homeland.
Contrally to "land and freedom" The story moves on from personal reality to political reality. Yet more importantly, this film beautifully captures one's spiritual growth through relationship.
I think that's what makes this film so real, powefull and thought provoking one.
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Coincidentally I worked in Nicaragua during the time and setting of this film and it is too real. I also knew Anita Setright who plays herself on our old front porch, although nearly ten years later as the film was made in 1996 or so. She still smiles benevolently in this movie. Seeing the contra attacks and their effects, the vehicles, and the walls and murals are very real to me. Too real.

Okay so the romance seems a bit hockey and the Paul Laverty narrative has a few gaps (how does she get quickly from her mother's house to La Experanza when the others have to hijack a bus? How does she learn really good English in only about seven months of exile in the British Isles? As an ESL teacher myself, I really want to know! How does Scott Glenn's character turn so quickly from CIA trainer in torture and attack one year to peaceworker the next, unless he's a CIA plant infiltrating the Accion Pte., as I so often suspected, and one by the way who makes stylistic criticisms of people's reports of contra war crimes: "We're Witness for Peace, not War and Peace"?).

And as many house parties as I attended, with cumbia and palo de mayo music, etc., I never saw anyone do a split. Nice to hear the Nicaraguan marimba.

Well, there's some holes in the narratives, especially in Glasgow (can a driver really empty and hijack the double decker bus to go for a joy ride with a new prospect? Can a double decker really drive on mud without flipping like an SUV or van? Can Paul Laverty ever get heterosexual love right?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Randolph on July 26, 2012
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I'm fortunate because I grew up in McAllen, TX and I therefore have a solid, working understanding of Spanish. I, therefore, didn't realize how much it was being spoken without subtitles until my husband asked me what the characters were talking about.

Although the sudden obsession Robert Carlyle's character has for Carla is rushed and the fact that he's actually engaged (to his best friend?) while all this takes place is almost completely bipassed, it's still a nice drama.

I admit I expected more when he follows her to Nicaragua. More explanation, more political problems, more ...just MORE. I can understand an instantaneous infatuation/obsession, it does happen, but it seems rushed in order to 1. ceate the relationship and 2. get them the heck out of Scotland and off to Nicaragua where the action is supposed to take place, yet it doesn't.

All this, plus he's with her to help her search for her long lost boyfriend???

And then there's the whole Spanish thing. It's no wonder that Robert Carlyle felt the need to learn some Spanish for this role. He'd have been completely lost without it. Fortunately for everyone involved, Carlyle does that thing were he can manage to be amazing in just about anything and makes it watchable. Makes it dramatic. Makes you involved even when, at times, you're completely lost.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Hiram Gomez Pardo HALL OF FAME on October 10, 2006
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As always, Ken Loach made of a simple story, a revealing, breathtaking and hard to forget movie around a Scottish bus driver and a Nicaraguan woman.

Inch by inch, a worthy film to watch.
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