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Assault on the Pay Train (1962)
"Assalto ao Trem Pagador" (original title)

 |  Crime, Drama  |  June 1965 (USA)
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Film about the true events in Rio de Janeiro, in 1960, when a gang having the infamous outlaw Tião Medonho as a leader performed a sensational railroad hold-up on a train carrying a small fortune.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Eliezer Gomes ...
Tião Medonho
Reginaldo Faria ...
Grilo Peru
Jorge Dória ...
Delegado
Átila Iório ...
Tonho
Ruth de Souza ...
Judith
Helena Ignez ...
Marta (as Helene Ignês)
Luiza Maranhão ...
Zulmira
Dirce Migliaccio ...
Edgar's Wife
Miguel Rosenberg ...
Edgar
Grande Otelo ...
Cachaça
Clementino Kelé ...
Lino (as Kelé)
Oswaldo Louzada ...
Miguel's tenant (as Osvaldo Louzada)
Miguel Angelo ...
Miguel
Antônio Pereira ...
(as Antonio Carlos Pereira)
Mozael Silveira ...
Reporter
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The gang composed by small-time thieves from the slum and leaded by the criminal Tião Medonho (Eliezer Gomes) plans and successfully executes the robbery of the train with the payments of the Banco do Brasil ("Bank of Brazil"). The police has no leads and believes that the heist was committed by an international gang. Meanwhile, Tiao imposes that each outlaw can only spend 10% of the share, but the poor reality and the greed of most of them spoil the planning. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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The film uses many actual locations concerning the robbery: the actual site of the train heist (Japeri, near Rio de Janeiro); the Coelho Neto bridge (the shootout); the favela of Mangueira; the police headquarters of Lapa; the actual house that Tião Medonho bought after the robbery etc. See more »

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One of the Boldest Heist in Brazilian History
13 June 2005 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

The gang composed by small-time thieves from the slum and leaded by the criminal Tião Medonho (Eliezer Gomes) plans and successfully executes the robbery of the train with the payments of the Banco do Brasil ("Bank of Brazil"). The police has no leads and believes that the heist was committed by an international gang. Meanwhile, Tião imposes that each outlaw can only spend 10% of the share, but the poor reality and the greed of most of them spoil the planning.

"O Assalto ao Trem Pagador" is a classic of the Brazilian Cinema. Based on a true event, indeed one of the boldest heist in the Brazilian history, the film is very impressive even in the present days. The accuracy and realism of the scenes recall the Italian Movement Neo-Realism. The lack of human rights with the humble people of the slums that still prevails in the present days is magnificently presented in many scenes, specially in the last one, when the house of the wife of Tião Medonho is invaded by the police, reporters and photographers. This movie shows the other side of the wonderful city of Rio de Janeiro, and may be considered the "Cidade de Deus" of the 60's. The direction of Roberto Farias is very precise and sharp, touching in social wounds that have never healed. The cast has outstanding performances, highlighting Eliezer Gomes in the role of a powerful and natural leader, "the owner of the slum", Tião Medonho. I am not sure whether this rare movie has been distributed worldwide: I have just bought an used and very old VHS from a rental, since this classic has not been released on DVD in Brazil. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "O Assalto ao Trem Pagador" ("The Robbery of the Pay Train")


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