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April Captains (2000)

Capitães de Abril (original title)
Story of the 1974 coup that overthrew the right-wing Portuguese dictatorship--which continued the fascist policies of long-time dictator Antonio Salazar--and of two young army captains who were involved in it.

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Manuel
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Manuel João Vieira ...
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Marcantonio Del Carlo ...
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Manuel Manquiña ...
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Duarte Guimarães ...
Daniel
Manuel Lobão ...
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Luís Miguel Cintra ...
Brigadier Pais
Joaquim Leitão ...
Filipe
Canto e Castro ...
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Story of the 1974 coup that overthrew the right-wing Portuguese dictatorship--which continued the fascist policies of long-time dictator Antonio Salazar--and of two young army captains who were involved in it.

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Há momentos em que a única solução é desobedecer.

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21 April 2000 (Portugal)  »

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FRF 30,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The voice of "Oscar" on the telephone is the voice of lieutenant-colonel Otelo Saraiva de Carvalho, acting the role he had played years before in real life. In 1974, it was he (as a major) who organized and planned the revolution that the film depicts, and it was he who commanded the troops from Headquarters at Pontinha. His code name was "Oscar." See more »

Goofs

The officer of the day at Escola Prática de Cavalaria, Liutenent Lobão, doesn't wear the red band at his left arm that all all officers of the day must wear to identify them as such. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Entre deux inconnus (2015) See more »

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Grândola, vila morena
Written and Performed by José Afonso
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The Future of Portuguese Cinema is Optimistic
21 April 2000 | by (Portugal) – See all my reviews

I've seen this film a few minutes ago and i'm still carrying that feeling of satisfaction and identification with the characters you usually get with movies that touch you someway. And, if the film wasn't particularly intelligent, one thing touched me the most: its array of technical achievements. I already knew it was the most expensive movie of portuguese history. I already knew they had cranes, dollys, steadycams and all sorts of sound and image devices. I also knew they payed 5000 escudos (something like 25 dollars) to each extra, for each day of filming, since I was on the set, shouting alongside the others. But my fear was that the director who had a movie debut of 5000 dollars wasn't up to the challenge, spending most of her money learning and using basic shots. But it was surprising to see that Maria de Medeiros used her resources with taste, and professionalism. As for the story, I think it's somewhat simplified, but, given the budget, I think it's still incredible to see what they accomplished. As a future director, I hope and pray that portuguese cinema continues to evolve this way, inventing, surprising, earning profit, and (most importantly) audience. Two thumbs up, I loved it. Bravo!


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