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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 »
5 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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The Future of Portuguese Cinema is Optimistic See more (11 total) »


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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)

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
Patricia Almeida .... production assistant (as Patrícia Almeida)
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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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 »
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 »
Grândola, vila morenaSee more »


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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
The Future of Portuguese Cinema is Optimistic, 21 April 2000
Author: Dockelektro from Portugal

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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