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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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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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Referenced in The Other Side of the Street (2004) See more »


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The Great Fernanda
8 June 1999 | by See all my reviews

I thought this movie was terrific, a little slow in parts, but I cared about the characters and was interested in their journey. I also liked the fact that the main character was not portrayed as a saint - Dora is a real person, flaws and all. Montenegro was robbed at the Oscars and so was the movie.

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