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Four Days in September (1997)
"O Que É Isso, Companheiro?" (original title)

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Fernando, a journalist, and his friend César join terrorist group MR8 in order to fight Brazilian dictatorial regime during the late sixties. Cesare, however, is wounded and captured during... See full summary »

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Charles Burke Elbrick
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Fernando Gabeira / Paulo
Luiz Fernando Guimarães ...
Marcão
Cláudia Abreu ...
Reneé
Nelson Dantas ...
Toledo
Matheus Nachtergaele ...
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Marco Ricca ...
Henrique
Maurício Gonçalves ...
Brandão
Caio Junqueira ...
Julio
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Oswaldo
Eduardo Moscovis ...
Artur
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Elvira Elbrick
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Mowinkel
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Dona Margarida
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Fernando, a journalist, and his friend César join terrorist group MR8 in order to fight Brazilian dictatorial regime during the late sixties. Cesare, however, is wounded and captured during a bank hold up. Fernando then decides to kidnap the American ambassador in Brazil and ask for the release of fifteen political prisoners in exchange for his life. Written by Salvatore Santangelo <pappagone2@libero.it>

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Their goal: freedom. Their only hope: an international incident. Their target: the American ambassador.


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Rated R for some language and violence | See all certifications »
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30 January 1998 (USA)  »

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$32,017 (USA) (30 January 1998)

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$310,724 (USA) (20 February 1998)
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Trivia

The title in Portuguese ("O que é isso, companheiro?") means "What is this, comrade?" "Companheiro" is a treatment used between members of the left wing. Brazil's president Lula uses to call "companheiro" to a minister or even to a friend. See more »

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(at around 1h 16 mins) Shortly before 8:30 PM on the final day, late in the countdown to 10:00 PM, Maria's watch clearly shows the hands at approximately 9:32. See more »

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[about Maria, the leader of MR-8]
Fernando Gabeira: She either wants to fuck me or fuck me over.
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Excellent story-film with one flaw
19 October 2004 | by See all my reviews

I think that perhaps this film has been undervalued by other IMDb reviewers. What rot they disgorge! This is a finely acted, written and judged movie. Not particularly 'cinematic'; more a use of the medium of cinema to tell a fascinating story of revolutionary activity in pre-democratic Brazil. It is high quality stuff and kept me entertained throughout. The ending narrates the ending of a real life event so I cannot see how they might have made it more exciting for the bored viewer; or indeed less predictable. One criticism is that the film-makers did not successfully conjure an atmosphere of totalitarian oppression -- this supposedly tyrannical regime felt quite benign: you can't *tell* us it's oppressive, you have to *show* us. Make us experience it alongside the characters. As it is the film was less tense, mellower than it could have been, and the viewer does not root for the revolutionaries as much as he might as a consequence. But overall, an excellent and worthwhile film. 6.75/10


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