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

R  |   |  Crime, Drama  |  18 September 1981 (Brazil)
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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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Fernando Ramos da Silva ...
Jorge Julião ...
Gilberto Moura ...
Edilson Lino ...
Zenildo Oliveira Santos ...
Claudio Bernardo ...
Israel Feres David ...
Roberto Pie de Plata
Jose Nilson Martin Dos Santos ...
Jardel Filho ...
Sapatos Brancos
Rubens de Falco ...
Elke Maravilha ...
Tony Tornado ...
Beatriz Segall ...
João José Pompeo ...
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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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This is a difficult movie to watch, and would have been even more difficult had I known then that the actor playing the protagonist was in fact killed in his home by police at age 19. Pixote (PeeWee) is a street kid in Sao Paulo who is caught in a roundup triggered by a murder in which he had no involvement. He is committed to a juvenile prison where he witnesses brutality and exploitation that ordinary citizens try very hard to believe doesn't exist. When finally he escapes, he and three comrades survive by the only means they know, which is crime. What makes the film so heart-rending is that both Pixote and the actor portraying him clearly do not wish to be the characters life circumstances have made them. Pixote tries to trust and to love and to bond, but there simply is no room in his world for the gentle side of human nature. One is left at the end wanting desperately to do something for the Pixotes of the world, but what? Building more children's's prisons with higher walls surely is not the answer...

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