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Brazilian MD Drauzio Varella starts AIDS prevention in Brazil's largest prison, Carandiru, in São Paulo... See more » | Add synopsis »
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12 wins & 25 nominations See more »
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Harrowing, but heart-warming See more (45 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Luiz Carlos Vasconcelos ... Médico - Physician

Milton Gonçalves ... Chico
Ivan de Almeida ... Nego Preto - Ebony
Ailton Graça ... Majestade

Maria Luísa Mendonça ... Dalva

Aida Leiner ... Rosirene (as Aída Leiner)

Rodrigo Santoro ... Lady Di
Gero Camilo ... Sem Chance - No Way
Lázaro Ramos ... Ezequiel

Caio Blat ... Deusdete

Wagner Moura ... Zico

Julia Ianina ... Francineide
Sabrina Greve ... Catarina
Floriano Peixoto ... Antônio Carlos
Ricardo Blat ... Claudiomiro
Vanessa Gerbelli ... Célia

Leona Cavalli ... Dina
Milhem Cortaz ... Peixeira
Dionísio Neto ... Lula
Antônio Grassi ... Seu Warden Pires (as Antonio Grassi)
Enrique Diaz ... Gilson (as Enrique Díaz)
Robson Nunes ... Dadá
André Ceccato ... Barba - Beard
Bukassa Kabengele ... Detento Locutor - Radio Announcer (as Bukassa)
Sabotage ... Fuinha

Rita Cadillac ... Rita Cadillac
Adrenalina
André Firmino
Andrézinho Saracura
Arehy Júnior (as Arehy Junior)
Beto Vai Vai
Carol Brasil
Cláudia Wonder (as Claudia Wonder)
Clemente Viscaíno (as Clemente Viscaino)
David Kawai
Eduardo Mancini
Fernanda
Gal Quaresma
Gustavo Trestini
Ildo Silva
Igor Moreira
Jorge Luiz
Laiza
Luiz Antonio Alves Jr.
Marcelo Escorel
Marcos Suchara
Marquinhos Jaca
Nando Bolognesi
Nicolas Trevijano
Oscar Magrini ... Man 2
Rappin' Hood (as Rappin Hood)
Riba Carlovich
Rubens Ferreira
Serjão Loroza ... Gordo (as Sergio Loroza)
Tchuck
Veronica
Zno Oliveira (as Z'no Oliveira)
Airton Renô (as Airton Reno)
André Nascimento
Ângela Correa ... Ebony's wife (as Angela Corrêa)
Barão Hc
Celso Santos
Cláudio Albuquerque (as Claudio Albuquerque)
Clerouak
Delurdes Moraes
Emboscada Edvaldo
Flavio Rocha
Gerson Marcch
Hébano (as Hebano)
Israel Monteiro
Johnnye Domingos
José de Paiva ... Charuto
Luciano Quirino
Luiz Claudio Araujo
Marcelo Palmares ... Coelho
Marcoserra
Maurício Marques ... Dalva's Boyfriend (as Mauricio Marques)
Nego Hc
Nill Marcondes ... Pimenta
Pacheco
Régis Santos ... Mário Cachorro (as Regis Santos)
Ricardo Luís da Silva
Salete Campari
Silvestre Mouro
Valeria
Vera Mancini
Almir Barros
Amanda
Angelo Brandini
Barreto Leopoldo
Caio Cesar
Celso Sim
Claudio Ferreira
Coke
Drago
Evandro Dantas
Francisco Calderon
Guido Campos Correia (as Guido Campos Correa)
Heraldo Firmino
Ivan Antônio
Jonas Sertório
Kaio Pezzutti
Luis D'Angelo
Magnata
Marcelona
Mardon Franco
Max Um
Neon Danuta
Nivaldo Todaro
Paulo Ribeiro

Rejane Arruda
Roberto Audio
Sandro Rodrigues
Sílvio Roberto ... Baiano
Val Pires
Victor Bianchini
Allan Santos
Andressa
Antônio de Andrade
Bernardete Alves
Cida Rodrigues
Cleide Eunice Queiroz (as Cleide Queiroz)
Dani Hu (as Dani Chao Hu)
Edson Rocha (as Edison Rocha)
Fabio Ock (as Fábio Ock)
Franklin Albuquerque
Guilherme Nicásio
Hudson Galtieri
Ivan Cápua
Jorge Luiz Leão
Kiko Dinucci
Luis Miranda ... Paulo Boca
Luiz Antonio Alves
Marcelo Bombinha
Marcos Azevedo (as Marcos de Azevedo)
Mikimba
Ney Mesquita
Orides Vicente
Pedro Vieira
Renata
Robson Luiz (as Robson Luiz-Dyon)
Sapo
Taroba
Walter Breda ... Antônio
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gabriel Braga Nunes ... Sérgio (uncredited)

Dráuzio Varella ... Himself (uncredited)

Directed by
Hector Babenco 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Hector Babenco  writer
Fernando Bonassi  writer
Victor Navas  writer
Dráuzio Varella  book "Estação Carandiru"

Produced by
Hector Babenco .... producer
Daniel Filho .... associate producer
Fabiano Gullane .... co-producer
Óscar Kramer .... producer
Rui Pires .... producer
Carlos Eduardo Rodrigues .... associate producer
Flávio R. Tambellini .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
André Abujamra 
 
Cinematography by
Walter Carvalho (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Mauro Alice 
 
Casting by
Vivian Golombek 
 
Production Design by
Clovis Bueno 
 
Art Direction by
Vera Hamburger 
 
Costume Design by
Cristina Camargo  (as Cris Camargo)
 
Makeup Department
Gabi Moraes .... key makeup artist
Anna Van Steen .... character makeup
 
Production Management
Edu Abad .... location production manager
Alessandra Casolari .... post-production supervisor
Caio Gullane .... production manager
Waltinho Magalhães Filho .... location production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Márcia Faria .... first assistant director
Maria Farkas .... trainee assistant director
Olivia Guimaraes .... additional assistant director
Bento Lopes .... trainee assistant director
Silvana Nascimento .... additional assistant director
Claudia Nogarotto .... second assistant director
Tomás Rezende .... third assistant director
 
Art Department
Diogo Bergamo .... assistant art producer
João Bueno .... assistant art painter
Patrícia Cabral .... assistant art painter
Ana Terra Capobiano .... assistant set designer
Fábio da Silva Oliveira .... assistant art painter
Ana Paula Guimarães .... art producer
Marcelo Lima .... assistant property master
Valdy Lopes .... assistant set designer (as Valdy Lopes Ferreira)
Magrão .... property master
Rodrigo Artur Mendonça .... assistant property master
Joe Ogasawara .... assistant production designer
Bia Pessoa .... art painter
Bia Pessoa .... special paint effects
José Pupe .... construction coordinator
Andres Sandoval .... assistant production designer
Leandro Vilar .... assistant art producer
 
Sound Department
Miriam Biderman .... supervising sound editor
Nancy Cabrera .... foley artist
Ana Chiarini .... dialogue editor
Ryan Collison .... foley engineer
Rodrigo Ferrante .... assistant sound
Paulo Gama .... sound assistant
Ubiratan Guidio .... assistant boom operator
Eliza Paley .... supervising sound editor
Kira Pereira .... crowd dubbing
Romeu Quinto .... sound recordist
Luciano Raposo .... boom operator
Marcelo Raposo .... boom operator
Jacob Ribicoff .... foley supervisor
Reilly Steele .... sound re-recording mixer
Armando Torres Jr. .... sound effects predubs
 
Special Effects by
Tom Cundom .... special effects
Jorge Alberto Ávalos .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Andre Waller .... digital compositor
 
Stunts
Agnaldo Bueno .... stunt coordinator
Agnaldo Bueno .... stunts
Claudimar Guimaraes .... stunts
Dani Hu .... action coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Fernando Baia .... electrician
Pablo Baião .... second assistant camera
Juliana Bolonha .... electrician
Amaro Francisco Campos .... grip
Antonio Marcos Cardoso .... electrician
Lula Carvalho .... first assistant camera
Walter Carvalho .... camera operator
Ademir Alberto da Silva .... electrician
Eduardo de Andréa .... assistant camera
Eduardo de Andréa .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (as Eduardo 'Kito' de Andréa)
Marcos de Noronha .... chief electrician
Marcos Rogério Diógenes .... grip
Eduardo Augusto 'Pimenta' Duque .... video assist operator
Marco T. Guglielmoni .... Steadicam operator (as Marco Túlio Guglielmone)
Júlio Guimarães .... grip
Guzulinha .... grip
Pablo Hoffmann .... third assistant camera
Ulisses Malta Jr. .... electrician
Ulisses Malta .... gaffer
Jorge Pfister .... second camera operator
Beto Quini .... grip
Alexandre Samori .... assistant camera
Paulo Wainer .... third camera operator
 
Casting Department
Ana Csernik .... casting assistant (as Ana Paula Csernik)
Cíntia Di Giorgi .... casting assistant
Patricia Faria .... casting assistant
Diana Galantini .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Cássio Brasil .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Matias Mariani .... post-production assistant
Deborah Osborn .... post-production assistant
 
Music Department
Ary Barroso .... composer: song "Aquarela do Brasil"
Renato Lemos .... conductor
Renato Lemos .... orchestrator
 
Transportation Department
Afonso Coaracy .... transportation coordinator
 
Other crew
Luciana Baptista .... production secretary
Josmar Bueno Júnior .... assistant production coordinator
Rita Cicoti .... administrative assistant
Iara Lias de Abreu .... executive production assistant
Doni .... production assistant
Sônia Império Hamburger .... executive production assistant
Lia Raulino Hillel .... production assistant
Ariene Leite .... assistant production coordinator
Manuela Mandler .... production assistant
Silvana Matteusi .... assistant coach
André Montenegro .... production coordinator
Renata Moura .... production assistant
Victor Navas .... screenplay by
Jair Neto .... production assistant
Anna Angélica Olivares .... executive production assistant
Sérgio Penna .... acting coach (as Sergio Penna)
Sérgio Penna .... acting coach
Rui Pires .... production coordinator
Adelina Pontual .... continuity
Paulo Sakopniak .... production assistant
Regina Soares Souza .... administrative assistant
Priscila Torres .... production assistant
 
Thanks
Geraldo Alckmin .... special thanks (as Sr. Geraldo Alckmin)
Altamiro Boscoli .... special thanks
Nagashimi Furukawa .... special thanks (as Sr. Nagashimi Furukawa)
Marcos Mendonça .... special thanks (as Sr. Marcos Mendonça)
Jovelino Mineiro .... special thanks
Jay Rubin .... special thanks
Dráuzio Varella .... special thanks (as Drauzio Varella)
Bob Wolfenson .... special thanks
David Zilberstein .... special thanks
 

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Rated R for strong bloody violence/carnage, language, sexuality and drug use
Runtime:
145 min | France:148 min (Cannes Film Festival)
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Trivia:
The real Carandiru prison was demolished in 2002, it will be transformed into a park with arts facilities. One block (#2) was left intact to be used as a museum. The film was the last thing they used the prison before demolishing 90% of it.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: When the group of Pentecostal Evangelical inmates are shown, they are joining hands praying the "Lord's Prayer". However, they are reciting the Portuguese words of the Roman Catholic version, which differs from the Protestant version in the use of pronouns and verb tenses.See more »
Movie Connections:
Spoofed in Copa de Elite (2014)See more »
Soundtrack:
Crucificados pelo SistemaSee more »

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30 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
Harrowing, but heart-warming, 19 April 2004
Author: Iain Watson (iainwatson@yahoo.com) from Edinburgh, Scotland

'Carandiru' is a film based on the real experiences of Dr Drauzio Varella. He worked in Carandiru prison in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in the late 80s/early 90s carrying out Aids prevention work. During his work he came to know a lot of the inmates closely, and as he was a doctor got to see prison life in a way the other prison workers didn't. He made friends with a lot of the inmates, and learned a lot of their personal stories. The prison is extremely cramped, and the situation came to a climax in 1992. One entire block of the prison fell under prisoner control and a riot squad was sent in, killing 111 men.

The film is being dubbed by some as "this year's City of God", but it's very different to last years Brazillian smash. Where 'City of God' had some very flashy direction and MTV-ized zip-bang editing, 'Carandiru' is pretty straight forward. The film still has some great direction though, Hector Babenco has a leisurely style (matched by his actual output, it's been 7 years since his last film, and nearly 20 since 'Ironweed'), allowing the story the space it needs to breathe but still picking up the pace to build tension. Ironically the only section of the film I didn't really like was the bit that was the most 'City of God'-like. When the doctor is dealing with his patients he asks each one what their story is, and sometimes it's a bit forced, just like in 'City of God' with the "now it's my turn to tell you my story".

Where it's very similar to 'City of God' is it's themes - it's essentially a humanist comedy with a moral edge, dealing with love, hate, revenge, innocence and betrayal. The cons are poor and murderous, but lovable at the same time. If this film and 'City of God' are to believed drug-dealing thieving murderers all have their hearts in the right place and are all okay guys who just took a wrong turn on the road.

There's a bit of a stink being kicked up at the moment on the imdb forum for 'Carandiru'. A lot of Brazillian's are posting, very upset with filmmakers consistently showing Brazil in a negative light. I think that although both films do have that slant to them, they have actually increased interested in the country, and even more so the countries film output, taking it to a global audience. If all Scottish films are to be believed we're all a bunch of Glasweigan Gangster Hardnuts or heroin-addicted thieving murderers too, so I fail to see what the fuss is about.

The director drives home the real point of the film in the last 20 minutes. The overcrowding and in-fighting finally erupts into a full-blown riot that results in the main characters block being taken over by the prisoners. A riot squad enters, and the ensuing rampage is one of the most graphic and genuinely shocking ever committed to film. Definitely not for the faint-of-heart. I remember seeing the prison riot being reported in the UK news, and being appalled at how crowded the prison was, and how a government could let it reach boiling point like that. The last 20 minutes really smacked that home, but with the closing shots of the prison finally being demolished in 2002 you feel like there was at least some sort of closure on the tragedy.

The story is harrowing, but heart-warming, and the acting (mostly from unknowns) is top rate. It's my favorite film of the year so far, but do beware the last 20 minutes, you won't leave the cinema feeling happy.

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