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Macunaima (1969)
"Macunaíma" (original title)

 -  Fantasy | Comedy  -  1969 (Brazil)
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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 »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Grande Otelo ...
Black Macunaíma / Macunaíma's son
Paulo José ...
White Macunaíma / Macunaíma's mother
Jardel Filho ...
Venceslau Pietro Pietra
Dina Sfat ...
Ci
...
Jiguê
Rodolfo Arena ...
Maanape
Joana Fomm ...
Sofara
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Wilza Carla ...
Fat Lady
Hugo Carvana ...
Man with the duck
Leovegildo Cordeiro
Maria Lúcia Dahl ...
Iara
Rafael de Carvalho ...
Caapora
Tite de Lemos ...
Narrator (voice)
Maria Do Rosario ...
Iquiri
Maria Letícia
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Storyline

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 a journey to the Big City. On the way, more miracles occur, but Macunaima still has the heart and mind of a child. In the Big City, he is co-opted by terrorists who enlist him in their revolutionary schemes. In the Big City he learns that nuts are not always food and other hilarious lessons of life. Written by Anonymous

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Fantasy | Comedy

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1969 (Brazil)  »

Also Known As:

Jungle Freaks  »

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(Eastmancolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Quotes

White Macunaíma: Oh, such laziness...
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Soundtracks

Arranha-Céu
(Sílvio Caldas & Orestes Barbosa)
Performed by Sílvio Caldas
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Definitely an original
7 December 2007 | by See all my reviews

I'm not sure if I understood even half the cultural and political references this film makes. After all it is Brazilian and from the late 60's. In many ways a product of that era but because it seems to be based on fairy tales or legends there's an interesting timeless quality to it as well. That and the outrageous sight gags, combined with crazy costumes makes this seem like a live-action cartoon. Definitely a fun ride through jungles filled with carnivorous nymphs, machine-gun toting topless commandos, men changing race when they smoke marijuana, a piranha pool party and much much more! Well worth a look though you may need a friend versed in Brazilian history & culture to make sense of it all. The restored 2K print is absolutely gorgeous.


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