MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 7,170 this week

The Battle of Canudos (1997)
"Guerra de Canudos" (original title)

7.0
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.0/10 from 473 users  
Reviews: 3 user | 1 critic

The drama of a poor family in the bloodiest war in the History of Brazil: the war of Canudos.

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 35 titles
created 11 Jun 2011
 
a list of 273 titles
created 07 Sep 2011
 
a list of 25 titles
created 06 Oct 2011
 
a list of 1506 titles
created 10 Nov 2011
 
a list of 41 titles
created 10 Jan 2014
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Battle of Canudos (1997)

The Battle of Canudos (1997) on IMDb 7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Battle of Canudos.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Action | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Fernando, a journalist, and his friend César join terrorist group MR8 in order to fight Brazilian dictatorial regime during the late sixties. Cesare, however, is wounded and captured during... See full summary »

Director: Bruno Barreto
Stars: Alan Arkin, Pedro Cardoso, Fernanda Torres
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Lisbela is a young woman who loves going to the movies. Leléu is a con man, going from town to town selling all sort of things and performing as master of ceremonies for some cheesy numbers... See full summary »

Director: Guel Arraes
Stars: André Mattos, Aramis Trindade, Bruno Garcia
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

In a small city of Brazil, Flor (a very good looking woman) marries Vadinho, a very handsome and erotic man. Once married she finds he is a good-for-nothing. She works teaching cooking to ... See full summary »

Director: Bruno Barreto
Stars: Sonia Braga, José Wilker, Mauro Mendonça
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

When ordered by his father to avenge the death of his older brother, a young man questions the tradition of violence between two rival families.

Director: Walter Salles
Stars: José Dumont, Rodrigo Santoro, Rita Assemany
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A boy is left alone in a Jewish neighborhood in the year of 1970, where both world cup and dictatorship happen in Brazil.

Director: Cao Hamburger
Stars: Michel Joelsas, Germano Haiut, Daniela Piepszyk
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Brazilian baroque. The young son that ran from his dominant family, descends into decadence and then returns to the nest. With melodramatic themes of tyrannical fathers, incest, fierce ... See full summary »

Director: Luiz Fernando Carvalho
Stars: Selton Mello, Raul Cortez, Juliana Carneiro da Cunha
Jean Charles (2009)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

The tragic true story of Jean Charles de Menezes, the innocent Brazilian shot dead by British police in 2005 at the height of the London terrorist alerts.

Director: Henrique Goldman
Stars: Marek Oravec, Selton Mello, Renu Setna
Comedy | Fantasy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Diogo Álvares, a Portuguese map illustrator, reaches the Brazilian coast, after his caravel sinks. He is saved by the Indian chief Itaparica and his two daughters, Paraguaçu and Moema. They... See full summary »

Director: Guel Arraes
Stars: Selton Mello, Camila Pitanga, Deborah Secco
Brainstorm (2001)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A trip to the mental institution hell. This odyssey is lived by Neto, a middle class teenager, who lives a normal life until his father sends him to a mental institution after finding drugs... See full summary »

Director: Laís Bodanzky
Stars: Rodrigo Santoro, Othon Bastos, Cássia Kis Magro
Canudos (1978)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

Documentary about the Brazilian history episode known as "Guerra de Canudos" (Canudos War). It was a revolt leaded by Antônio Conselheiro in the region called "Canudos" in the backwoods of ... See full summary »

Director: Ipojuca Pontes
Stars: Walmor Chagas
O Auto da Compadecida (TV Mini-Series 1999)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
Stars: Fernanda Montenegro, Matheus Nachtergaele, Selton Mello
A Dog's Will (2000)
Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

The lively João Grilo and the sly Chicó are poor guys living in the hinterland who cheat a bunch of people in a small Northeast Brazil town. But when they die, they have to be judged by ... See full summary »

Director: Guel Arraes
Stars: Matheus Nachtergaele, Selton Mello, Rogério Cardoso
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
José Wilker ...
Antônio Conselheiro
Cláudia Abreu ...
Luíza
Paulo Betti ...
Zé Lucena
Marieta Severo ...
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
...
Tenente Luís
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

For hundred years Brazil waits for this film.

Genres:

Drama | History | War

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

3 October 1997 (Brazil)  »

Also Known As:

The Battle of Canudos  »

Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Daniel Alves:  The Barcelona and Brazilian National team defender has an uncredited appearance, as a soldier, at the age of 16. Then, he lived in Bahia, where the film has been turned. See more »

Connections

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

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
The Bloodiest War in Brazil in a Great Epic
4 November 2004 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In the country of Bahia about 1860, a man called Antônio Vicente Mendes Maciel, known by the nickname of Antônio Conselheiro (note.: 'conselheiro' in Portuguese means 'advisor') drifts through the remote rural interior of Brazil (called 'sertão brasileiro'), building churches, restoring cemeteries and collecting followers, with the opposition of the Catholic Church and the Brazilian elite. He claims to be one apostle, and his legion is composed by miserable illiterate simple persons. In 1889, Marechal Deodoro da Fonseca proclaims the Republic of Brazil and Antônio Conselheiro blames the republic for the misery of the forgotten 'sertão brasileiro'. In 1892, Antônio Conselheiro founds the monarchic 'Império do Belo Monte' in Canudos, with 20,000 followers, having an independent government with their own laws and moral values. The Federal Government feels threatened and sends a first expedition to fight in Canudos, being the federal troops defeated. A second expedition is sent and also defeated. A third expedition, commanded by Colonel Moreira Cesar, o Corta-Pescoços ('cut-necks') is also defeated. The fourth and last expedition, commanded by General Artur Oscar, is sent with 6,000 soldiers first plus 4,000 replacement and finally kills all the followers of Antonio Conselheiro. Antonio Conselheiro dies on September, 22nd 1897 and the 'Império do Belo Monte' finally falls on October, 5th 1897. After one year of war, 20,000 followers of Antônio Conselheiro and 5,000 soldiers die in these battles and in accordance with Brazilian writer Euclides da Cunha in his book 'Os Sertões', Canudos was the unique war with no survivors, their inhabitants never surrender and resisted until the fall of the last man. In the final moment of the battle, two men, a boy and an old man were the last survivors and were still fighting against the armed troop.

'Guerra de Canudos' is an epic and dramatizes a historic event through the drama of a rural family composed by Zé Lucena (Paulo Betti), Penha (Marieta Severo), the older daughter Luiza (Cláudia Abreu) and their younger son and daughter. Antônio Conselheiro is performed by the excellent actor, director and cinema critic José Wilker. The songs were composed by Edu Lobo, and there are 5,000 figurants. Paulo Betti was born in São Paulo and Cláudia Abreu and Marieta Severo are from Rio de Janeiro and they have special training to speak using the expressions and accent of people from the northeastern of Brazil (Bahia). 'Guerra de Canudos' is a worthwhile entertainment for viewers who want to learn a little of history of Brazil. My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): 'Guerra de Canudos' ('War of Canudos')


6 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss The Battle of Canudos (1997) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?