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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Forced by piracy, Rede Globo released in 2010 a 25th anniversary special edition in DVD with 50 discs. Legally, it is the first Brazilian soap opera to be released as such. See more »

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Referenced in vem_aí (2013) See more »

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Mil e Uma Noites de Amor
Written by Pepeu Gomes Fausto Nilo & Baby Consuelo
Performed by Pepeu Gomes
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Simply a Materpiece.
14 February 2010 | by (Brazil) – See all my reviews

This soap opera is the most magnificent metaphor for Brazilian society, enslaved by religion and the power of politicians and aristocrats. This work was censored by the military dictatorship in the 70s, after writing a few chapters. The Brazilians could only feel the full power of creative and critical Dias Gomes almost ten years later, when political liberalization allowed the soap opera was again recorded and displayed.

Dias Gomes had the courage to talk about topics that were previously taboo on TV and got an audience that hit more than 90% in IBOPE, which is the index that measures the audience in Brazil.

Roque Santeiro is simply the greatest dramatic work of Brazilian TV of all time.


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