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The story takes place in the old streets of Porto and by the banks of the Douro River. A gang of very young kids has just accepted a new member, Carlitos, a shy boy who has "played it tough... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Américo Botelho ...
Feliciano David ...
Nascimento Fernandes ...
Fernanda Matos ...
Rafael Mota ...
António Palma ...
Armando Pedro ...
Antonio Melo Pereira ...
Batatinhas (as Antonio Pereira)
Pinto Rodrigues ...
António Santos ...
Vital dos Santos ...
Horácio Silva ...
António Soares ...
Manuel Sousa ...
Philosopher (as Manuel de Sousa)


The story takes place in the old streets of Porto and by the banks of the Douro River. A gang of very young kids has just accepted a new member, Carlitos, a shy boy who has "played it tough" by stealing a doll in a shop. Carlitos soon develops a crush on Terezinha,the only girl of the group. The trouble is that Eduardo, the "boss", is also in love with the pretty little girl. And he will not allow any rival to challenge him... Written by Guy Bellinger

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Drama | Family





Release Date:

18 December 1942 (Portugal)  »

Box Office


PTE 750,000 (estimated)

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1.37 : 1
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First film directed by Manoel de Oliveira. He would not renew the experience until 21 years later. See more »


Featured in Olhar o Cinema Português: 1896-2006 (1997) See more »

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27 January 2009 | by (Portugal) – See all my reviews

Aniki-Bóbó (1942) is a film from the Portuguese director Manoel de Oliveira, who reached a hundred years this year. It's the oldest director in activity.

This film is based on the story «Millionaire Boys», from a Portuguese writer, Rodrigues de Freitas.

It's a story about children, as an embryo from adult, whose both qualities and defects are revealed for us but in a simple form that all of people easily understand.

The name of the film went from a children game, a pun which form a balderdash, and they play that in the movie, «Aniki-Bébé, Aniki-Bóbó, passarinho tótó, berimbau, cavaquinho, Salomão, sacristão, tu és polícia, tu és ladrão». In Portuguese it makes any sense too, but it is the sound from this play of words that counts. In English it would be «Aniki-Baby, Aniki-Bóbó, goofy birdie, berimbau (a musical instrument), Solomon, sacristan, you are police, you are thief».

It was a anticipation from the Italian Neo-Realism and it had influences from the German Expressionism that Oliveira had seen in a Murnau movie, «Sunrise, a song of two humans» (1927). Oliveira travelled a lot in this period because he was a pilot in car racers, he practised Athletics and he was a trapeze artist, and, for this motifs, he had contact with many countries and movie exhibitions.

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