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Pixote (1981)

Pixote: A Lei do Mais Fraco (original title)
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 is included on Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" list. See more »

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Referenced in Pixote, in memorian (2007) See more »

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"either you deal or you'll get dealt"
7 April 2004 | by See all my reviews

Pixote is probably the most powerful film I have ever seen. An aspect so rarely attained in most films is the gritty reality that Babenco exposes with paramount ability and care. It truly will stay with you forever--you will be touched in such a deep way no matter who you are, no matter where you're from, no matter what movie genre you favor.

Considering that Da Silva's own life was one of the streets, leading to an early death at nineteen, when he was killed by corrupt cops in a drug raid, the film becomes all the more disturbing when we realize that Da Silva truly is Pixote in a circle of life imitating art imitating life.

With no reliable source of aide, these street kids are forced to exist at a most extreme disadvantage. The brutal truth in this film may be difficult to digest, but we can't turn a blind eye. Ultimately, words aren't strong enough to do this film justice, you'll have to experience it yourself.


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