MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 1,782 this week

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

7.4
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.4/10 from 3,237 users  
Reviews: 21 user | 25 critic

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 »

Director:

Writers:

(novel),
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

Live Chat with Keanu Reeves

We conducted a Live Chat with Keanu about his upcoming film John Wick.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 23 titles
created 27 Jan 2013
 
a list of 39 titles
created 07 Jun 2013
 
list image
a list of 30 titles
created 19 Jul 2013
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Four Days in September (1997)

Four Days in September (1997) on IMDb 7.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Four Days in September.
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A boy is left alone in a Jewish neighborhood in the year of 1970, where both world cup and dictatorship happen in Brazil.

Director: Cao Hamburger
Stars: Michel Joelsas, Germano Haiut, Daniela Piepszyk
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

André, relatively poor, falls in love with Silvia, a neighbor whom he spies with a telescope. Falling more and more in love with her, he begins to follow her around the city and realizes ... See full summary »

Director: Jorge Furtado
Stars: Lázaro Ramos, Renata de Lélis, Sérgio Lulkin
Last Stop 174 (2008)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A chronicle of a real-life bus hijacking in Rio de Janeiro that occurred on June 12, 2000.

Director: Bruno Barreto
Stars: Michel Gomes, Cris Vianna, Marcello Melo Junior
History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A hot blooded Spanish princess plots to conquer her enemies and become queen.

Director: Carla Camurati
Stars: Marieta Severo, Antonio Abujamra, Thales Pan Chacon
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Javi and his friend Carlos snoop around an old house on the way home from school. According to his brother Juan this is a haunted house and one can hear the voices of the dead. Later he is ... See full summary »

Director: Montxo Armendáriz
Stars: Carmelo Gómez, Charo López, Silvia Munt
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Lisbela is a young woman who loves going to the movies. Leléu is a con man, going from town to town selling all sort of things and performing as master of ceremonies for some cheesy numbers... See full summary »

Director: Guel Arraes
Stars: André Mattos, Aramis Trindade, Bruno Garcia
Mango Yellow (2002)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Short stories revolving around a bar and a hotel in Recife, unveil a mosaic of exotic characters living in the Brazilian underground: a butcher married with an evangelical woman, a ... See full summary »

Director: Cláudio Assis
Stars: Matheus Nachtergaele, Jonas Bloch, Leona Cavalli
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

When ordered by his father to avenge the death of his older brother, a young man questions the tradition of violence between two rival families.

Director: Walter Salles
Stars: José Dumont, Rodrigo Santoro, Rita Assemany
The Clown (2011)
Adventure | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Father and son work as clowns Puro Sangue/Valdemar and Pangare/Benjamin in a circus in the Brazilian countryside. Benjamin decides to follow a different path and meets several people on the way.

Director: Selton Mello
Stars: Selton Mello, Paulo José, Larissa Manoela
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

An emotive journey of a former school teacher, who writes letters for illiterate people, and a young boy, whose mother has just died, as they search for the father he never knew.

Director: Walter Salles
Stars: Fernanda Montenegro, Vinícius de Oliveira, Marília Pêra
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A Lebanese photographer living in Brazil in the '30s manages to take pictures of Lampião, a legendary Brazilian outlaw, kind of a tropical Robin Hood.

Directors: Paulo Caldas, Lírio Ferreira
Stars: Duda Mamberti, Luiz Carlos Vasconcelos, Aramis Trindade
Foreign Land (1996)
Action | Romance | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

After the death of his mother, a young Brazilian decides to leave his country and travel to his mother's native land. In a foreign land, he finds love and danger.

Directors: Walter Salles, Daniela Thomas
Stars: Alberto Alexandre, Fernando Alves Pinto, Alexandre Borges
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Charles Burke Elbrick
...
Maria
Pedro Cardoso ...
Fernando Gabeira / Paulo
Luiz Fernando Guimarães ...
Marcão
Cláudia Abreu ...
Reneé
Nelson Dantas ...
Toledo
Matheus Nachtergaele ...
Jonas
Marco Ricca ...
Henrique
Maurício Gonçalves ...
Brandão
Caio Junqueira ...
Julio
...
Oswaldo
Eduardo Moscovis ...
Artur
...
Elvira Elbrick
...
Mowinkel
...
Dona Margarida
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some language and violence | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

|

Language:

|

Release Date:

30 January 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Four Days in September  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$310,724 (USA) (20 February 1998)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

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 »

Goofs

(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 »

Quotes

[about Maria, the leader of MR-8]
Fernando Gabeira: She either wants to fuck me or fuck me over.
See more »

Connections

References Black God, White Devil (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

Madalena foi pro mar
Written by Chico Buarque de Hollanda
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Not Learning Portuguese
15 August 2004 | by (East Florida) – See all my reviews

I didn't learn any Portuguese, but from this movie I learned a bit about Brazil, though "Four Days" is mostly in Portuguese. (I have a hard enough time with Spanish, thanks.) This film offers insight into a part of South American politics that I frankly have little knowledge of and I didn't follow at the time (I mean, the parts in the movie's epilogue during which I was alive and aware), and for that alone it is worth watching. Even if you don't care, the movie will bring it to light so you can imagine the Brazil of the 1960s and you just might care that you learned something about it.

"Four Days" manages to carry the viewer through to the 1989 end of the military regime in its epilogue. The Soviet Bloc was falling apart at about the same time, the Berlin Wall, if I recall, came down that year, so I suppose many would have missed this interesting ploy for attention by revolutionaries for that reason (which I certainly admit to, having following the Soviet departure steadily and having no idea about this Brazilian event).

The movie is a telling of when eager Brazilian Communist-leftist revolutionaries, both innocent and veteran, take the U.S. Ambassador hostage to draw the attention of the world toward Brazil, and to challenge the Brazilian powers they hope to overthrow ultimately, with demands for releasing their compatriots. I thought it was a convincing movie, though coming up short on making the characters particularly compelling. But then, the event was the focus, not the characters. Alan Arkin was terrific. So was the actor who played the central character, the young, not too tough, glasses-wearing Fernando.

The show didn't hide behind the revolutionaries, either. We saw things from the other side, too. It was believable, and I really enjoyed the handling of both sides of the coin in this real-life drama. There was a smoothly presented bit with a regime torturer and his girlfriend (wife?), where he suddenly admits to her what he does for the government. He'd claimed he was doing something much milder for some time, and finally outs himself as a member of the secret service. He rationalizes his torturing college kids to prevent a breakdown of Brazilian society, almost convincingly, but his lady doesn't buy it, and neither should the audience. The scene was meant to put a human face on the bad guy, and did it reasonably, but we also get that his

rationalizing leaves even him a bit flat, as he tries to embrace his woman when she turns away from him in distaste.

Most of the film is spoken in Portuguese, and I didn't mind reading this movie a bit. (It's when a movie that wouldn't be enjoyable in any language that I mind reading my way through it.) This is a movie worth seeing for its attention to a daring moment in Brazil's move toward democracy. And even if you don't care about that, it is a terrific suspense film.


7 of 10 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
What is the exact translation of the title? fistful_of_boomstick
Possible revolution in Brasil. dross634
alternate ending? fistful_of_boomstick
Discuss Four Days in September (1997) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?