Enthusiastic American journalist goes to Brazil as the Carnival starts to investigate mass executions of street kids. She meets a savage crime boss called Boca who seemingly wants to help the children and falls under his brutal charm.

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J.J.
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Reb
Tarcísio Meira ...
Boca
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Jesse James Montgomery
Carlos Eduardo Dolabella ...
Fonseca (as Carlos Dolabella)
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Quintella
Denise Milfont ...
Moema
Patrick de Oliveira ...
Tomaz
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Father Silva
Ruth de Souza ...
Mrs. Esteban
Anselmo Vasconcelos ...
Sergeant Trebe
Luma de Oliveira ...
Celeste
Maria Padilha ...
Maria Luiza
Betty Gofman ...
College Friend
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College Friend
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J.J. is a beautiful American journalist who's sent to Brazil, just as the famous Carnival begins, to investigate reports of brutal murders of street kids from favelas, the notorious Brazilian slums. The corrupt officials won't help, so through her producer's contacts she finds out where the next execution will happen on her own. Once there, she sees a vicious local crime boss called "Boca" or "Mouth", short for his full street name - "Mouth of Gold", a nickname he got for having rows of golden teeth in his mouth, saving the children and killing the executioners. Since the corrupt local government and police have no intentions of stopping the killings, she tries to get close to Boca and convince him to help her with her story and save more kids. Surprisingly, he turns out to be very charismatic and, although he accepts her offer, he starts playing mind games with her. This, combined with his brutal, but intriguing, life story, exotic harem and the heated sexualized atmosphere of the ... Written by Anonymous

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16 May 1995 (USA)  »

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Boca: We are all whores, because everyone has a price.
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BE STRONG
Performed by Barrington Levy
Written by Barrington Levy , Phil Roy and Bob Thiele
Produced by Lee Jaffe Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare
Executive Producer Lee Jaffe for Trenchtown Records
MCA Records
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A Winner!
21 March 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Why is this film not available? It is a stunning depiction ripped right out of the contemporary news headlines of the time. This film showcases the talent and beauty of Rae Dawn Chong, clearly one of the more underrated actresses in film. Powerful, gritty, erotic, troubling, insightful. We are used to the glamorous view of Brazil however in Boca one is faced with the dark side, hidden from most tourists. There are tremendously moving and powerful performances in this film and the lead as Boca is simply amazing. At times I felt that this man had lived through the nightmare world so stunningly portrayed, and yet of course he is an actor. That is the mark of a grand performance and there are more than a few in this film. Actors and actresses unknown to me prior to this movie move in and out dazzling as they do. Zalman King made a gem and it is almost unknown, that is a pity.


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