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Central Station (1998)
"Central do Brasil" (original title)

R  |   |  Drama  |  20 November 1998 (USA)
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An emotive journey of a former school teacher, who writes letters for illiterate people, and a young boy, whose mother has just died, as they search for the father he never knew.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Vinícius de Oliveira ...
Soia Lira ...
Othon Bastos ...
Otávio Augusto ...
Stela Freitas ...
Matheus Nachtergaele ...
Caio Junqueira ...
Socorro Nobre ...
Dora's Client
Manoel Gomes ...
Dora's Client
Roberto Andrade ...
Dora's Client
Sheyla Kenia ...
Dora's Client
Malcon Soares ...
Dora's Client
Maria Fernandes ...
Dora's Client


Dora, a dour old woman, works at a Rio de Janeiro central station, writing letters for customers and mailing them. She hates customers and calls them 'trash'. Josue is a 9-year-old boy who never met his father. His mother is sending letters to his father through Dora. When she dies in a car accident, Dora takes Josue and takes a trip with him to find his father. Written by Anonymous

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He was looking for the father he never knew. She was looking for a second chance. See more »



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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

20 November 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Central Station  »

Box Office


$2,900,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$35,710 (USA) (20 November 1998)


$5,595,428 (USA) (9 July 1999)

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2.35 : 1
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Vinicius de Oliveira, a shoeshine boy, beat out more than 1,500 other young actors for the role of Josué. See more »


[first lines]
Dora's Client: [dictating a letter] My darling, My heart belongs to you. No matter what you've done, I still love you. I love you. While you're locked in there all those years, I'll be locked up out here, waiting for you.
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Featured in The 56th Annual Golden Globe Awards (1999) See more »


É Deus Por Nós
Written by Fátima Leão, Alexandre Neto
Performed by Zezé di Camargo e Luciano Camargo
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1 August 2000 | by (Goiânia,Brazil) – See all my reviews

I was surprised when I first saw Central do Brasil. First, because, living in Brasil, I have had the chance to see the rise and fall of our movie production. Suddenly, a powerful cinematographic milestone comes as a delightful surprise to movie lovers down here. A few things must be said: it's pretty obvious that Central do Brasil is too much of a real and daring movie for the Academy. It's almost a relief that it didn't get any Oscars, but was praised all over the world, winning more than 50 ( !!!) prizes in Europe, Asia and Americas. For those who find it boring, it's time to reavaluate your concepts on what good cinema is. Stop seeing The Patriots and Independence Days that infect America's so-called Industry, and try to research a little bit more on sense and sensibility!!

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