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Release Date:
18 September 1981 (Brazil) See more »
The life of a boy in the streets of Sao Paulo, involved with little crimes, prostitution, etc Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 11 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
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

Marília Pêra ... 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)
Rubens Rollo ... Director (as Ruben Rollo)
Emilio Fontana ... Dr. Delgado
Luis Serra ... Reporter (as Luiz Serra)
Ariclê Perez ... Teacher
Joe Kantor ... Gringo
Isadora de Farias ... Psychologist
Beatriz Berg ... Fumaça's mother
Walter Breda ... Raulzinho
Raymundo Matos ... Doctor
Benedito Corsi ... Pixote's grandfather
Damaceno Pilho ... Reporter (as Damaceno Filho)
Cleide Eunice Queiroz ... Dito's mother
Israel Pinheiro ... Inspetor I
Carlos Costa ... Inspetor II
Fabio Tomasini ... Widower's Son (as Fabio Tomazini)
Lineu Dias ... Assaulted man
Cesar Pezzuoli ... Young Man
Kocoth ... Sueli's friend
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Otoniel Serra ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Hector Babenco 
Writing credits
Hector Babenco (story) &
Jorge Durán (story)

Hector Babenco (screenplay) &
Jorge Durán (screenplay)

José Louzeiro (book "Infancia dos Mortos")

Produced by
Paulo Francini .... associate producer
Sylvia B. Naves .... executive producer (as Sílvia Naves)
Jose Pinto .... associate producer
Hector Babenco .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
John Neschling 
Cinematography by
Rodolfo Sánchez  (as Rodolfo Sanches)
Film Editing by
Luiz Elias 
Art Direction by
Clovis Bueno 
Costume Design by
Clovis Bueno 
Makeup Department
Josefina de Oliveira .... makeup artist (as Nena)
Production Management
Lilian Costa .... production manager (as Lília Costa)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Maria Cecília M. de Barros .... assistant director
Art Department
Liza Monteiro .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Francisco Carneiro .... boom operator
Hugo Gama .... sound
José Luiz Sasso .... re-recording mixer
Special Effects by
Sergio Farjalla .... special effects
José Marchesin .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Esmeraldo Caetano .... electrician
Felipe Daviña .... assistant camera
Aylton de Magalhães .... still photographer
Paraná .... grip
Cláudio Portioli .... camera operator
Altino Procópio .... electrician (as Altino Procópio Cardoso)
Waldemar Tomas .... camera operator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Carminha Guarana .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
José Carlos .... assistant editor
Other crew
Carlos Cabrera .... production assistant
Marcelo Paes de Barros .... production assistant
Luci Godói .... production secretary
Luis Alberto Laurindo .... production assistant
Maria Sílvia Moreira .... continuity (as Sílvia Moreira)
Daniel Santiago .... production assistant
Marçal Souza .... production assistant (as Marçal Ferreira de Souza)
Marcelo Tassara .... title designer
Fátima Toledo .... coach (as Maria Fatima Toledo)

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Also Known As:
"Pixote: A Lei do Mais Fraco" - Brazil (original title)
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128 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:RC (original rating) (1982) | Australia:R (re-rating on appeal) (1982) | Brazil:16 | Finland:K-18 | France:12 | Germany:16 | Iceland:16 | Italy:VM14 | Norway:18 | Portugal:M/16 | UK:18 (cut) | USA:R | West Germany:16

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The very first Brazilian film to receive a Golden Globe nomination.See more »
Movie Connections:
References The Young and the Damned (1950)See more »


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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Masterpiece, 10 January 2011
Author: oOgiandujaOo from United Kingdom

Following the robbery homicide of a Brazilian judge by a street gang, the authorities make a sweep of the local street kids in the area and intern them in a young offender's institution. The film is in part a social issue film where the way the children are treated by the system is condemned and in part a story about a young lad who grows old far too soon. The social issue, although maybe broadly relevant, is hardly au courant some three decades after the film was made, however I didn't feel like this detracted much from the film due to the excellent characterisations and strong story line. It's also not limited by the generics of the prison movie as a lot of the action takes place outside the prison walls.

The main character, an extremely small boy, Pixote (pronounced Pichote), is especially winsome and actually played by a real life delinquent who was subsequently shot by police in a shoot-out. He has developed a firmness of independent judgement and level of character that you generally only find in people well into adulthood, something that he's had to do to survive. It's painfully clear at some points though that he is just a skinny little boy that needs his mother.

There is charisma to spare in the acting performances, including a youngster who does an extremely catchy homage to Roberto Carlos (the great Brazilian singer as opposed to football player) for the prison gig, and appears destined for stardom if he can stay alive.

The kids are in peril because the police are beating them to death in order to find out who killed the judge, whilst the incompetent prison authorities turn a blind eye and fall into a state of apathy concerning the well-being of their wards (see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil).

Babenco appears fascinated by prison culture and in both this film and his return to the genre with Carandiru (2003) he uses nakedness to remind us of the fundamental vulnerability of the human captives in his film. In the poster for Carandiru you can see the survivors of a prison riot lying naked in a yard, stripped of their clothes (in which they could conceal weapons), in Pixote a "hole" packed with naked children. Beaten, unclothed and helpless it's quite easy to connect with the camouflage of swagger and defiance that they need to survive is taken away. Fundamentally a human is a fragile creature that hurts and most of their persona is just a coping strategy.

There's a dream-like feel to a lot of the film, which is often brazenly erotic (the transvestite Lilica dancing in front of a crowd whilst having her under carriage rubbed by an onlooker's raised foot), and anarchical. It's not easy to label the film as nightmarish because some of the experiences, even when negative, are extremely rich, and the friendships heartfelt.

A classic faux pas of many non-Anglo movies is that whenever whites appear, they are cardboard cutouts, but here the old American john is as well-realised and succinctly characterised as he could be.

Favourite scenes of mine include the post-glue-sniffing fascination of Pixote, and the half-lit dormitory riot which is truly mad.

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