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Four Days in September (1997)

O Que É Isso, Companheiro? (original title)
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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Maria
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Fernando Gabeira / Paulo
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Marcão
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Reneé
Nelson Dantas ...
Toledo
Matheus Nachtergaele ...
Jonas
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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Opening Weekend:

$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 »

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

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Madalena foi pro mar
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A new Era
12 July 2003 | by (US) – See all my reviews

After the dark era of the 1980s - when the only movies being produced locally were, to put it mildly, very erotic - the Brazilian Movie Industry struggled to regain international credibility. And, while "Carlota Joaquina" and "O Quatrilho" clearly paved the way, this is (in my opinion) the production that put Brazil back on the charts. Based on a true story, "O que É isso, Companheiro?" is brought to life by actors who are probably the best performers of the currently generation, and earned an Academy Award Nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. The most amazing aspect of this movie, however, goes unknown by international audiences: two of its main actors (Pedro Cardoso and Luiz Fernando Guimarães) achieved success, in Brazil, through their work as comedians.


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