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21 April 2000 (Portugal) See more »
Há momentos em que a única solução é desobedecer.
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. | Add synopsis »
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Stefano Accorsi ... Maia

Maria de Medeiros ... Antónia

Joaquim de Almeida ... Gervásio

Frédéric Pierrot ... Manuel

Fele Martínez ... Lobão
Manuel João Vieira ... Fonseca
Marcantonio Del Carlo ... Silva
Emmanuel Salinger ... Botelho

Rita Durão ... Rosa
Manuel Manquiña ... Gabriel
Duarte Guimarães ... Daniel
Manuel Lobão ... Fernandes
Luís Miguel Cintra ... Pais
Joaquim Leitão ... Filipe
Canto e Castro ... Salieri

Rogério Samora ... Rui Gama
Pedro Hestnes ... Emilio
Marcello Urgeghe ... Radio speaker
José Airosa ... Paulo Ruivo
José Boavida ... Radio technician
António Capelo ... Chamarro
Ruy de Carvalho ... Spínola
Ricardo Pais ... Marcelo Caetano
José Eduardo ... Vigrilio
Peter Michael ... Pedro
Raquel Mariano ... Amélia
Horácio Santos ... Cesario
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Vítor Andrade ... Soldier
Marco António ... Young man in the crowd
Mário Bomba
João Cabral ... Journalist
Pedro Carraca ... Journalist
Luís Cavaleiro ... GNR Officer
Carlos César ... Radio Doorman
Bina Daigeler ... Journalist
Otelo Saraiva de Carvalho ... Oscar
Sano De Perpessac ... Florist
Marco Delgado ... Soldier
Pedro Efe ... Old Sargeant
Guilherme Filipe ... Inspector Santos
Sérgio Godinho ... Voice of Gabriel (voice)
Sérgio Grilo ... Driver

Paula Guedes ... Irene
Rosa Guerra ... Natália
João Lagarto ... Journalist
José Jorge Letria ... Manuel
Luís Lima Barreto ... 2nd Minister
Rui Louro ... 2nd Sargeant
Rui Luís ... Police Officer
Luís Mascarenhas ... Coronel Lopes
Carlos Matos Gomes ... Coronel Matos
Miguel Melo ... Young Police Officer
José Manuel Mendes ... Carlos
Miguel Moreira ... Voice of Botelho (voice)
Joaquim Nicolau ... Man in Crowd
Vasco Pimentel ... Journalist
Brigitte Proucelle ... Journalist
Mário Redondo ... Ary
João Reis ... Voice of Salgueiro Maia (voice)
Victor Rocha ... Apontador
João Rosa

Jerry Rudes ... American
Igor Sampaio ... Police Officer
Henrique Viana ... Brig. Moura
Carlos Vieira ... Apontador
António Vitorino D'Almeida ... Old Man
Leonor Cabral ... Young Woman (uncredited)
Joaquim Custódia ... Ministro (uncredited)
Luís Romão ... (uncredited)
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Directed by
Maria de Medeiros 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Maria de Medeiros 
Ève Deboise 

Produced by
Jacques Bidou .... delegate producer
Javier Castro .... producer
Concha Díaz .... producer
Ricardo Evole .... producer
Alain Peyrollaz .... executive producer
Original Music by
António Vitorino D'Almeida 
Cinematography by
Michel Abramowicz 
Film Editing by
Jacques Witta 
Production Design by
Guy-Claude François 
Art Direction by
Agustí Camps  (as Agusti Camps Salat)
Costume Design by
Bina Daigeler 
Makeup Department
Sano De Perpessac .... chief hair stylist
Sano De Perpessac .... chief makeup artist
Production Management
Marianne Dumoulin .... production manager
Gerardo Fernandes .... production manager
Rui Louro .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Francisco Antunez .... trainee assistant director
Bruno Cabral .... trainee assistant director
Raul Correia .... second assistant director
Nuno Dray .... assistant director
Maria João Matos Silva .... second second assistant director
João Pedro Ruivo .... assistant director
Art Department
Paulo Routier .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Michel Filippi .... adr supervisor
Alek Goosse .... assistant sound re-recording mixer
Eric LeGarçon .... sound editor
Pedro Melo .... boom operator
Bruno Tarrière .... sound re-recording mixer
Jérôme Thiault .... sound
Jean-Louis Airola .... technical consultant: stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Pedro Cardeira .... second assistant camera
Tony Costa .... assistant camera
Rafael de Sousa .... chief electrician
Paulo Duarte .... electrician
José Gomes .... key grip
André Szankowski .... second assistant camera
Casting Department
Nuno Milagre .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Isabel Quadros .... assistant wardrober
Editorial Department
João Cutileiro Nunes .... assistant editor
Yvan Lucas .... color timer
Joao Nunes .... first assistant editor
Sylvie Petat .... assistant editor
Lucile Sautarel .... conforming editor
Other crew
Patrícia Almeida .... production assistant
Bruno Costa .... production assistant
Albert Coumans .... caterer
Maria José Monteiro .... production coordinator
Nuno Oliveira'Konadu' .... production staff
Luís Oliveira .... production assistant
Rui Pina .... production assistant
Ana Silva .... continuity
Filipe Verde .... production assistant

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Capitães de Abril" - Portugal (original title)
"Captains of April" - International (English title)
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123 min | Argentina:125 min (Mar del Plata Film Festival)
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When the armed forces came from Santarém to Lisbon on 25 April 1974, they really did stop at red lights as in the film.See more »
Factual errors: 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 »
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4 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
A personal disappointment, 13 December 2002
Author: Oskado from Kingman, Arizona

Okay, I'm not going to critique this film in depth. I note the many elogious reviews in advance of me, and as I generally like Maria de Medeiros, I have been long hesitant to make a disparaging comment - and in such fashion nearly a year has passed. But each time I see that DVD on my shelf, I sense an inner groan. Anyway, let the elogious voices override me! But for other cinephiles like me - beware.

Expressed in simplest and gentlest terms, here's my stance:

The political turmoil and overthrow providing the backdrop for this film also served as a backdrop for a certain period of my life - via newspapers I read daily in my local middle-European pub. At that time, I followed the newsreports, but never fully grasped what the heck was transpiring. The reporters tended to report either in non-partisan terms, or with a conservatism which frowned upon any groups disturbing the peace or fomenting rebellion against the establishment. Those were times when other winds of unrest swirled through Paris, Berlin, Prague, and various places in the U.S., all of whose issues I understand clearly at the time - but dictatorship or not, my papers tended to treat the govermentment of Portugal simply as the establishment - not as a well-fleshed out "evil empire", to use flippant Star War terms.

So, week after week, I read of disturbances, but never found an intelligent editorial that might provide the history behind them, or evaluate the practices and social-economic impacts of the dictatorship, etc.

So, in purchasing this film, I had at least two hopes: to finally understand the details leading up to the social unrest, and to enjoy a well-conceived drama. This film gave me neither.

The film presupposes that viewers already have ample knowledge and deep emotions regarding the historical facts. And the drama - well, as I said, I want to encourage Maria de Medeiros and the Portugues film industry, but - it was trite and shallow.

I obtained my copy of the DVD from France - "Selection Official Cannes 2000 - Un Certain Regard". The box shows smiling clean-shaven actors, the lead giving the victory sign in a fashion that reminds me more of the Playboy bunny. After seeing the work, I wondered what the French could have thought of it - though as a shallow piece of "cinema verite'" with sensitive ethnic content, I can understand their natural inclination to praise it for its "honesty" but...

Look at the back of the box: "Un regard chaleuruex sur la Revolution" - a warm regard? Try describing Allende's overthrown and murder with a a "warm regard"! Try it with Czechoslovakia in 1968! Try it with the whole line-up of overthrows, and civil rebellions!

Another review: Maria de Medeiros a renoue' avec son pays, son enfance et son histoire." Rubbish, rubbish, rubbish! At least for me.

I love Portugal. In all of Europe, Lisbon, Barcelona and Prague are my favorite cities. But my love for a city and a country doesn't flesh out a vacuous film. I'll hang on to my ancient VHS tapes of Capas Negras and A Cancao de Lisboa - meanwhile, I'm stuck with a zone 2 by the above title that might as well go in the trash.

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