Roque was thought dead in his hometown. He was worshiped as a saint. But now he's back. How is he going to explain this to them?
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Cast

Credited cast:
Lima Duarte ...
José Wilker ...
 Luís Roque Duarte (Roque Santeiro)
Regina Duarte ...
 Porcina
Maurício Mattar ...
 João Ligeiro
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Vanda Alves
Fernando Amaral ...
 Fernando
João Carlos Barroso ...
 Toninho Giló
Othon Bastos ...
 Ronaldo César
Dedina Bernardelli ...
 Angela Flores
Gabriela Bicalho ...
 Tininha
Lídia Brondi ...
 Tânia Malta
Armando Bógus ...
 Zé das Medalhas
Dennis Carvalho ...
 Tomasini
Cláudio Cavalcanti ...
 Padre Albano
Cláudia Costa ...
 Carla
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In the tiny poor town of Asa Branca, in the middle of Brazilian Northeast, Roque Santeiro is worshiped as a saint. He was supposedly killed by a bandit, 18 years ago, trying to save the local church. After his disappearance, local leaderships such as landowner Sinhozinho Malta and mayor Florindo, took profit on that to control the humble population. They even make up a widow, Porcina, who should have married Roque secretly before his death. What they don't expect is that Roque is alive, and he's back to, allegedly, "save his people". Now Malta, Florindo, Porcina, and others must hold him down and explain the "truth" to their commoners, in a desperate attempt to save their own bottoms. Meanwhile, mysterious facts surround Asa Branca, such as a Werewolf, a film crew who are trying to shoot a movie about Roque's story, and violent murderers. Dias Gomes writes about small towns in marvelous satires of local authorities and their hypocrisy. Written by Pedro Aguiar <paguiar@alternex.com>

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Dias Gomes and Aguinaldo Silva wrote the series based on Gomes' play "O Berço do Herói", which was censored and banned under the Brazilian military government in 1963. In 1975, "Roque" was censored as well, as the government had discovered (by phone tapping Dias Gomes calls) that he had slightly modified and changed the name of his play in order to cheat them. See more »

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Vitoriosa
Written by Ivan Lins & Vitor Martins
Performed by Ivan Lins
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The Best Brazilian Soap Opera!!!
24 July 2003 | by (Santiago, Dominican Republic) – See all my reviews

Roque Santeiro is a soap opera that shows the idiosyncracy of the people of a small town of Brazil that express its blind devotion being forgot of the done scientifics and alone believing in a blind faith. The performances are stupendous and well carried out. To this soap opera I give it a punctuation of 9-10 of so good that is.


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