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The Battle of Canudos (1997)

Guerra de Canudos (original title)
The drama of a poor family in the bloodiest war in the History of Brazil: the war of Canudos.

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Cast

Credited cast:
José Wilker ...
Antônio Conselheiro
Cláudia Abreu ...
Luíza
Paulo Betti ...
Zé Lucena
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Penha
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tuca Andrada ...
Arimatéia
Camilo Beviláqua ...
Solano
Roberto Bomtempo ...
Pedro
José de Abreu ...
General Artur Oscar
Eliezer de Almeida ...
Beatinho
Jurandir de Oliveira ...
Firmino
Lamartine Ferreira ...
Quirino
Murilo Grossi ...
Antonio
Dandara Guerra ...
José Marinho ...
Barão de Cocobodó
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Tenente Luís
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Based on the true story of the tragic war of Canudos in the late 1890's. The newly born Republic has brought nothing but oppression and discomfort to the poor people of the rural areas of northeastern Brazil. The separation of church and state and the imposition of abusive taxes, among other measures, made this people think that the Republic was the Anti-Christ. Guided by a religious leader, Antonio "Conselheiro" (Counselor) a group of countrymen established a community where the Republic rules wouldn't bother them. But the Republic sent the Brazilian Army to destroy the settlement, starting the bloodiest war ever fought in Brazil. Written by Pedro Mir Mesejo <pedromir@codetel.net.do>

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For hundred years Brazil waits for this film.

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3 October 1997 (Brazil)  »

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The Battle of Canudos  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)
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'Sérgio Rezende' has been working with leading actor José Wilker in most of his other films, as well as producer Mariza Leão, his wife. See more »

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

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A Brazilian epic
15 January 2003 | by (Brasilia, Brazil) – See all my reviews

The Brazilian History is full of mentions about the Canudos War, but there was no movie about it until this one. And I should say it is really good. The fabulous cast, the battle scenes, everything take the audience to the reality. It is one of the first good moments of the Brazilian cinema renassaince of the 90's. Very interesting plot and production. Special congratulations for the screenplay, that made a so complex and detail fact very tight and connected.


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