This film was released at a time when Brazil had disbanded their national censorship board and left those decisions to individual states. This film was banned outright in some states and shown, to great success, in others. Some of the censorship committees were less concerned with the portrayal of violence than they were with what they regarded as blasphemy.
Director 'Jose Mojica Marins' played the main role when the original actor quit. He put on his best black suit and added a top hat. He had very long thumb nails so the makeup man added long artificial fingernails to his fingers.
The crew refused to shoot a scene because there wasn't enough sunlight. Director 'Jose Mojica Marins' forced them to shoot the scene by pointing a gun at the cameraman. Various crew members have confirmed the story. On one of the rare occasions when he would respond to questions about the incident, Marins claimed that the gun was only a prop.