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Memórias do Cárcere (1984)

Graciliano Ramos' period he spent in prison after being considered a subversive element by the government.
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Credited cast:
Carlos Vereza ...
Graciliano Ramos
Heloísa (Graciliano's Wife)
Nildo Parente ...
José Dumont ...
Mario Pinto
Wilson Grey ...
Joffre Soares ...
Fábio Barreto ...
Siqueira Campos
Ligia Diniz
Marcus Vinícius
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rubens Abreu
Tito Almejeiras
Antonio Ameijeiras
Claudio Baltar
Jotta Barroso


Graciliano Ramos' period he spent in prison after being considered a subversive element by the government.

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18 June 1984 (Brazil)  »

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Memoirs of Prison  »

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In order to better portray writer Graciliano Ramos, Carlos Vereza learned how to smoke. After the filming was done, it took him six months to quit smoking. See more »


Ilha Grande Prison Warden: I hope you understand my position.
Graciliano Ramos: How?
Ilha Grande Prison Warden: By not forgetting about me.
Graciliano Ramos: I'll take some excellent memories from here, doctor. And I'll pay back for all the hospitality you people gave me.
Ilha Grande Prison Warden: Pay? How?
Graciliano Ramos: By telling everything what happens inside Ilha Grande.
Ilha Grande Prison Warden: Telling?
Graciliano Ramos: Yes, doctor. Writing. I'll put all of this on paper.
Ilha Grande Prison Warden: Are you a journalist?
Graciliano Ramos: No, doctor. I make books. And I'll write one about this correctional colony. You people gave me a wonderful subject.
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Referenced in Cinema Falado (1986) See more »

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The life and times of a great Brazilian writer
21 October 1998 | by (Florianópolis, Brazil) – See all my reviews

This is one of the greatest Brazilian films of all times. Nelson Pereira dos Santos did a brilliant job in writing a script from Graciliano Ramos' memoirs from his novel "Memórias do Cárcere". It is a must to all those interested in recent Brazilian history. Graciliano was a perfectionist in his writings and had a perfect domain of Portuguese language. The plot shows his life from a school teacher in the poverty-stricken north-eastern state of Alagoas until his imprisonment, for political reasons, accused of links with the unsuccessful attempt of leftist military and intellectuals to seize power in 1935. A lesson of coherence !

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