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Pixote (1981)
"Pixote: A Lei do Mais Fraco" (original title)

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The life of a boy in the streets of Sao Paulo, involved with little crimes, prostitution, etc

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Fernando Ramos da Silva ...
Pixote
Jorge Julião ...
Lilica
Gilberto Moura ...
Dito
Edilson Lino ...
Chico
Zenildo Oliveira Santos ...
Fumaça
Claudio Bernardo ...
Garatao
Israel Feres David ...
Roberto Pie de Plata
Jose Nilson Martin Dos Santos ...
Diego
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Sueli
Jardel Filho ...
Sapatos Brancos
Rubens de Falco ...
Juiz
Elke Maravilha ...
Debora
Tony Tornado ...
Cristal
Beatriz Segall ...
Widower
João José Pompeo ...
Almir (as Joáo José Pompeu)
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Pixote, a 10-year-old runaway boy, is arrested on the streets of Sao Paulo during a police round-up homeless people. Pixote endures torture, degradation and corruption at a local youth detention center where two of the runaways are murdered by policemen who frame Lilica, a 17-year-old transvesite hustler. Pixote helps Lilica and three other boys escape where they make their living by the life of crime which only escalates to more violence and death. Written by Anonymous

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The film's star, 'Fernando Ramos Da Silva', who plays a young street criminal, actually was a street criminal before he made this film. After completing it he took up the criminal life again, and was killed in Brazil in 1987 in a shootout with police. See more »

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emotionally devastating Brazilian film
26 May 2002 | by (seattle, WA) – See all my reviews

"Pixote" concerns the (mis)adventures of the eponymous hero, a pre-adolescent boy in urban Brazil, abandoned by his parents, who first endures the horrors of a youth prison, and then those of life on the street. Filmed in a quasi-documentary style with real street kids instead of professional actors (for the most part), "Pixote" will leave the viewer utterly devastated at the end of its 2+ hours. It is particulary effective when it develops other characters as they are seen by Pixote, especially those of the streetwise transvestite homosexual Lilica and the aging alcoholic prostitute Sueli (unforgettably portrayed by Marilia Pera, one of the few pro actors in the cast), who become surrogate parents to the young boy in a kind of improvised family whose economy is based on mugging Sueli's clients. Both the tragic denoument (which comes at the end of a film in which tragedy follows tragedy, ad infinitum), and the final shot of Pixote playing alone on the railroad tracks with haunting accompanying music on the soundtrack, are unbearably poignant. A masterpiece.


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