6.8/10
108
2 user 1 critic

Garrincha: Hero of the Jungle (1963)

Garrincha - Alegria do Povo (original title)
Documentary about the most famous dribbler in Brazilian Soccer (some say in Soccer's history!) at the zenith of his career, showing classic scenes of 1958 and 1962 World Cup. Garrincha was ... See full summary »
Reviews
1 nomination. See more awards »

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Adventure | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Fictionalized account of the adventures of hired gunman Antonio das Mortes, set against the real life last days of rural banditism. The movie follows Antonio as he witnesses the descent of ... See full summary »

Director: Glauber Rocha
Stars: Geraldo Del Rey, Yoná Magalhães, Othon Bastos
Documentary | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Director: Murilo Salles
Stars: Antônio Grassi, Liev Schreiber
Macunaima (1969)
Fantasy | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Our story begins with Macunaima's miraculous birth to an old woman in a tiny jungle settlement. Born full grown, he discovers his life's purpose which leads him and his family/followers on ... See full summary »

Director: Joaquim Pedro de Andrade
Stars: Grande Otelo, Paulo José, Jardel Filho
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

In a small town in Minas Gerais, the arrival of a young priest causes a commotion in the conservative atmosphere of the place, aggravated by the sudden attraction this priest feels for a ... See full summary »

Director: Joaquim Pedro de Andrade
Stars: Helena Ignez, Paulo José, Mário Lago
São Bernardo (1972)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The story of Paulo Honório, a poor kid who becomes a rich farmer. Obsessed by his desire to get even richer, he doesn't pay much attention to his wife, Madalena, a teacher who reacts against his tyrannical ways.

Director: Leon Hirszman
Stars: Othon Bastos, Isabel Ribeiro, Nildo Parente
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A semi-documentary on the people of Rio de Janeiro. The camera follows boys from a hillside shanty town who sell peanuts at Copacabana, Sugar Loaf Mountain, and a soccer game. Various ... See full summary »

Director: Nelson Pereira dos Santos
Stars: Modesto De Souza, Roberto Bataglin, Jece Valadão
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

When the estranged daughter of a hard-working live-in housekeeper suddenly appears, the unspoken class barriers that exist within the home are thrown into disarray.

Director: Anna Muylaert
Stars: Regina Casé, Helena Albergaria, Michel Joelsas
Adventure | Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

The dramatization of a motorcycle road trip Che Guevara went on in his youth that showed him his life's calling.

Director: Walter Salles
Stars: Gael García Bernal, Rodrigo De la Serna, Mía Maestro
Capitu (1968)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Adaptation of Machado de Assis's classic novel "Dom Casmurro". Bentinho and Capitu are friends since childhood and end up marrying. But Bentinho destroys his life when he starts suspecting ... See full summary »

Director: Paulo César Saraceni
Stars: Isabella, Othon Bastos, Raul Cortez
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Truck driver travelling along the Transamazonic Road, a huge highway in Brazil that crosses the Amazon forest, meets a prostitute and slowly becomes aware of the problems in that region.

Directors: Jorge Bodanzky, Orlando Senna
Stars: Paulo César Peréio, Edna de Cássia, Lúcio Dos Santos
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Heron Domingues ...
Himself
Garrincha ...
Himself
Edit

Storyline

Documentary about the most famous dribbler in Brazilian Soccer (some say in Soccer's history!) at the zenith of his career, showing classic scenes of 1958 and 1962 World Cup. Garrincha was a very original and talented player, having curved legs. Women and alcohol were his passion, and the cause of his later decadence. After a glorious career, he died in financial misery, forgotten. Written by lukejoplin@infolink.com.br

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Documentary | Sport

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

30 September 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Garrincha: Joy of the People  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Featured in Barbosa (1988) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Ethnography around a ball
18 July 2014 | by (Greece) – See all my reviews

Something thrilled me about the way I came to this little film. I saw it with memories of the Brazilian WC still fresh, the final was a few nights ago. I was planning a cinematic sojourn to Brazil to coincide with the games, in the end I thought best to leave it for after, soak up one experience before traveling back to the other. I will follow this through a series of viewings.

So, a contrast here amazed me. In the recent WC, the games dazzled, the faces, the festivity, the slow-motion of football heroics. It was a good cup. Outside another Brazil simmered and cried out, poor and downtrodden. And then through this film, the link is the same, football, fame, passion, I land in a different time and place.

It follows a superstar of his time in a country obsessed with this thing, he was long before my time but the name was passed on, Garrincha. There is the requisite footage both in the field and out, a few words to the camera about how it feels to be an idol (it's a drag, he says), but that's not the point.

It's not greatly in depth, l suppose that it was a popular film meant to be seen countrywide for the man and his skill after all. There's a run-through the '62 WC win, still fresh then. The skill is there after all these years, a naive skill underpinned by the desire to move, to dance around a ball, to feign and thrust. Pure samba. He would be quickly hacked down by defenders these days.

No, if you see this, it will be as an ethnographic study of place and people. More interesting this to me, that through this man, in the background all around him, we can discern and follow the passions and joys of the people, that Brazilian life is revealed in this way.

In weekdays the superstar relaxes in his small hometown outside Rio, this brings us a step closer, sometimes with a game of football in the local makeshift field, a patch of sunbaked dirt really, which everyone including kids plays together barefoot under the sun. Imagine Messi now risking his multimillion legs in this way.

He had famously crooked legs, a team physician had him wear appendages of some sort - but back home, he would take them off and go visit his witch doctor for a cure, an old woman. Superstition is later shown to be rampant among players and press, indicative of a broader facet of life.

More cool facts are upturned. In his hometown, the local mill owns every house and lets it to the people who most of them work there. A visit to Garrincha's home, gifted to him by the government, gives a picture of what being affluent in Brazil meant at the time; a TV set in the livingroom, his daughters in polkadot Western dresses dancing to the latest Nat King Cole hit on the gramophone. Politicians will come to that home near elections to solicit his name.

And of course the violence in the field, the game as war. There's something about football which cannot be explained any other way, other sports have a faster pace and are at least as athletic. It is more than about release, it is release in the scope that football affords. Brazil is the ideal place to make this clear. A football stadium is comparatively huge, even more so in Brazil, the field is a battlefield, the very structure erected around a ball being kicked invokes the narrative and reaction.


0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Garrincha: Hero of the Jungle (1963) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page