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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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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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Did You Know?

Captain Salgueiro Maia, portrayed in the film, was born in 1944 and died of cancer in 1992. He was one of the Portuguese heroes of the revolution. It was he who forced the goverment to resign and it was in great part due his intelligence and common sense that it was possible to have a "bloodless revolution" that ended 48 years of dictatorship. He wasn't promoted (nor did he ever seek any kind of promotions or fame or power) and was for some time forgotten. Eventually he was honored with two streets in Santarém and Castelo de Vide (where he was born and where he is buried) that now bear his name. Also in Santarém stands a statue of Captain Salgueiro. In Lisbon, in Largo do Carmo, where he stood with a megaphone and his troops and hundreds of civilians crying "Victory," forcing the govement to resign, there is a inscription to him written on the ground. It says: "To Salgueiro Maia, remembering the 25th of April 1974. Homage made by the city of Lisbon, 1992."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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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Toronto 2000 Wrap-Up, 15 October 2000
Author: Carson Jones (DJFreak) from New York City

9/7 8:45 pm APRIL CAPTAINS (**** out of a possible 5)

Excellent, if slightly overlong film about the Portuguese coup d'etat in 1974. Best Line: "Coup d'etat. Can we come in?" The humor was a welcome surprise. Spoke with writer/director Maria de Medeiros afterwards. She was very sweet and lovely and asked me to "salute my mother" for her since they met recently in Avingnon.

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