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Paulo Lins (novel)
Bráulio Mantovani (screenplay)
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2002 (Russia) See more »
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If you run, the beast will get you. If you stay, the beast will eat you See more »
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Two boys growing up in a violent neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro take different paths: one becomes a photographer, the other a drug dealer. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 64 wins & 28 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Alexandre Rodrigues ... Buscapé - Rocket
Leandro Firmino ... Zé Pequeno - Li'l Zé (as Leandro Firmino da Hora)
Phellipe Haagensen ... Bené - Benny
Douglas Silva ... Dadinho - Li'l Dice
Jonathan Haagensen ... Cabeleira - Shaggy
Matheus Nachtergaele ... Sandro Cenoura - Carrot

Seu Jorge ... Mané Galinha - Knockout Ned
Jefechander Suplino ... Alicate - Clipper

Alice Braga ... Angélica
Emerson Gomes ... Barbantinho - Stringy
Edson Oliveira ... Barbantinho Adulto - Older Stringy
Michel de Souza ... Bené Criança - Young Benny (as Michel De Souza Gomes)
Roberta Rodrigues ... Berenice - Bernice
Luis Otávio ... Buscapé Criança - Young Rocket
Maurício Marques ... Cabeção - Melonhead
Gustavo Engrácia ... Editor do Jornal - Rogerio Reis
Darlan Cunha ... Filé-com-Fritas - Steak and Fries
Robson Rocha ... Gelson - Gerson
Thiago Martins ... Lampião
Leandra Miranda ... Lúcia Maracanã
Graziela Moretto ... Marina Cintra (as Graziella Moretto)
Renato de Souza ... Marreco - Goose
Karina Falcão ... Mulher do Paraíba - Shorty's Wife
Sabrina Rosa ... Namorada do Galinha - Knockout's Girlfriend
Rubens Sabino ... Neguinho - Blacky
Marcos 'Kikito' Junqueira ... Otávio
Edson Montenegro ... Pai Buscapé - Rocket's Father
Gero Camilo ... Paraíba - Shorty
Felipe Silva ... Rafael
Daniel Zettel ... Thiago - Tiago
Charles Paraventi ... Tio Sam - Uncle Sam
Luiz Carlos Ribeiro Seixas ... Touro
Paulo 'Jacaré' César ... Tuba
Danielle Ornelas ... Vizinha do Paraíba - Shorty's Neighbor (as Danielle Ornellas)
Bernardo Santos ... Caixa Baixa - Runts
Diego Batista ... Caixa Baixa - Runts
Diego Ferreira ... Caixa Baixa - Runts
Marcio Vinicios ... Caixa Baixa - Runts
Micael Borges ... Caixa Baixa - Runts
Rafael de Castro ... Caixa Baixa - Runts
Ramon Francisco ... Caixa Baixa - Runts
Thiago Wallace ... Caixa Baixa - Runts
Alexander Cerqueira ... Bando Zé Pequeno - Li'l Zé's Gang
Alexandre 'China' Tavares ... Bando Zé Pequeno - Li'l Zé's Gang
André Pires Martins ... Bando Zé Pequeno - Li'l Zé's Gang
António Rodrigues ... Bando Zé Pequeno - Li'l Zé's Gang
Bartolomeu Braga ... Bando Zé Pequeno - Li'l Zé's Gang
Carlos Henrique Avernas ... Bando Zé Pequeno - Li'l Zé's Gang
Cláudio César ... Bando Zé Pequeno - Li'l Zé's Gang
Cleiton Ventura ... Bando Zé Pequeno - Li'l Zé's Gang
Damião Firmino ... Bando Zé Pequeno - Li'l Zé's Gang
Euclides Garcia ... Bando Zé Pequeno - Li'l Zé's Gang
Fábio Castor Conceição ... Bando Zé Pequeno - Li'l Zé's Gang
Felipe Nogueira ... Bando Zé Pequeno - Li'l Zé's Gang
Ivan Martins ... Bando Zé Pequeno - Li'l Zé's Gang
John Lima ... Bando Zé Pequeno - Li'l Zé's Gang
Jonas Michel ... Bando Zé Pequeno - Li'l Zé's Gang
Leandro Lucas ... Bando Zé Pequeno - Li'l Zé's Gang
Leandro Dias Batista ... Bando Zé Pequeno - Li'l Zé's Gang
Lúcio Andrey ... Bando Zé Pequeno - Li'l Zé's Gang
Luis Carlos Rodrigues Oliveira ... Bando Zé Pequeno - Li'l Zé's Gang
Luís Nascimento ... Bando Zé Pequeno - Li'l Zé's Gang
Marcello Melo Junior ... Bando Zé Pequeno - Li'l Zé's Gang
Márcio Costa ... Bando Zé Pequeno - Li'l Zé's Gang / Bando Cenoura - Carrot's Gang
Mário Luiz Costa Oliveira ... Bando Zé Pequeno - Li'l Zé's Gang
Nelson Amaral ... Bando Zé Pequeno - Li'l Zé's Gang
Omar 'Mazinho' Barcelos ... Bando Zé Pequeno - Li'l Zé's Gang
Otto Amorim ... Bando Zé Pequeno - Li'l Zé's Gang
Peter Soares ... Bando Zé Pequeno - Li'l Zé's Gang
Rafael de Souza ... Bando Zé Pequeno - Li'l Zé's Gang
Roberto Miguez ... Bando Zé Pequeno - Li'l Zé's Gang
Rómulo 'Guinomo' Sech ... Bando Zé Pequeno - Li'l Zé's Gang
Ruy Vitório ... Bando Zé Pequeno - Li'l Zé's Gang
Sérgio Bispo ... Bando Zé Pequeno - Li'l Zé's Gang
Alex dos Santos ... Bando Cenoura - Carrot's Gang
Anderson Bruno Marques ... Bando Cenoura - Carrot's Gang
Anderson Lugão ... Bando Cenoura - Carrot's Gang
André Luiz Mendes ... Bando Cenoura - Carrot's Gang
Antoni Guedes ... Bando Cenoura - Carrot's Gang
Bruno Ricardo ... Bando Cenoura - Carrot's Gang
Charles Samuel ... Bando Cenoura - Carrot's Gang
Éder Júlio Martins ... Bando Cenoura - Carrot's Gang
Eduardo 'BR' Piranha ... Bando Cenoura - Carrot's Gang
Erick Oliveira ... Bando Cenoura - Carrot's Gang
Fábio 'Dog' da Cunha ... Bando Cenoura - Carrot's Gang
Felipe Villela Mendonça ... Bando Cenoura - Carrot's Gang
Frederico Lins ... Bando Cenoura - Carrot's Gang
Guilherme Estevam ... Bando Cenoura - Carrot's Gang
Guilherme William ... Bando Cenoura - Carrot's Gang
Harlem Teixeira ... Bando Cenoura - Carrot's Gang
Leandro Gonçalves ... Bando Cenoura - Carrot's Gang
Leandro Lima ... Bando Cenoura - Carrot's Gang
Leiz Moreira ... Bando Cenoura - Carrot's Gang
Leonardo Melo ... Bando Cenoura - Carrot's Gang
Luis Carlos Oliveira ... Bando Cenoura - Carrot's Gang
Marcelo Melo ... Bando Cenoura - Carrot's Gang (as Marcello Melo)
Marcello 'Máscara' Alves ... Bando Cenoura - Carrot's Gang
Wallace Araújo ... Bando Cenoura - Carrot's Gang
Wallace Nascimento ... Bando Cenoura - Carrot's Gang
Wanderson 'Petão' Lopes ... Bando Cenoura - Carrot's Gang
Wellington Costa Ricardo ... Bando Cenoura - Carrot's Gang
Wemerson Gonçalves ... Bando Cenoura - Carrot's Gang
Wendel Barros ... Bando Cenoura - Carrot's Gang
Yuri Krushewsky ... Bando Cenoura - Carrot's Gang
Anderson Faria ... Cocotas - Groovies
Arlindo Lopes ... Cocotas - Groovies
Carol Meirelles ... Cocotas - Groovies
Carlos 'Lencinho' Smith ... Cocotas - Groovies
Christiano ... Cocotas - Groovies
Diego Mendes ... Cocotas - Groovies
Jéssica da Silva ... Cocotas - Groovies
Luciana Roque ... Cocotas - Groovies
Marina Mandonça Pinheiro ... Cocotas - Groovies
Michele Gonçalves ... Cocotas - Groovies
Pierre dos Santos ... Cocotas - Groovies
Renan Monteiro ... Cocotas - Groovies
Vinicius Faria ... Cocotas - Groovies
Delano Valentim ... Polícia - Police
Ed Money ... Polícia - Police
Fabiano Gonçalves ... Polícia - Police
Felipe Porto ... Polícia - Police
Francisco Marcos ... Polícia - Police
Leo Generoso ... Polícia - Police
Marcelo António Santos ... Polícia - Police
Marcelo Araújo ... Polícia - Police
Marcos Viana ... Polícia - Police
Maurício Figueiras ... Polícia - Police
Ricardo Lira ... Polícia - Police
Ricardo Rocha da Silva ... Polícia - Police
Wagner Mello ... Polícia - Police
Waldeck Roque ... Polícia - Police
Júlio César Siqueira ... Aristóteles
Denise Fonseca ... Ba
Adão Xalebaradã ... Exu (as Adão dos Santos Thiago)
Edward Boggiss ... Garoto viciado - Addicted Kid (as Edward Boggiss Lustosa)
Guti Fraga ... Gerente do supermercado - Supermarket Manager
Babu Santana ... Grande - Big Boy (as Alexandre Santana)
Marcello Costa ... Irmão Mané Galinha - Knockout Ned's Brother (as Marcelo Costa)
Marcos Coutinho ... Irmão Mané Galinha - Knockout Ned's Brother
João Soares ... Jabá
Rafael Fontenele ... Jovem Trabalhador - Young Worker
Rosangela Rodrigues ... Mãe Buscapé - Rocket's Mother
Jota Farias ... Motorista do DKW - Driver
Mary Sheila ... Mulher do Neguinho - Blacky's Wife (as Mary Sheyla de Paula)
Gil Torres ... Mulher do Ônibus - Woman on Bus
Paulo Lins ... Pastor da Igreja - Shepherd of the Church
Christian Duurvoort ... Paulista - Man from São Paulo
Olivia Araújo ... Recepcionista do Motel - Motel Receptionist (as Olívia Araújo)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sérgio Chapelin ... Himself - Reporter (archive footage) (uncredited)
Manuel Machado ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Tulé Peak ... Newspaper Employee (uncredited)

Directed by
Fernando Meirelles 
Kátia Lund (co-director)
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Paulo Lins  novel
Bráulio Mantovani  screenplay

Produced by
Andrea Barata Ribeiro .... producer
Marc Beauchamps .... co-producer
Bel Berlinck .... line producer
Daniel Filho .... co-producer
Hank Levine .... co-producer
Vincent Maraval .... co-producer
Mauricio Andrade Ramos .... producer
Donald Ranvaud .... executive producer (as Donald K. Ranvaud)
Juliette Renaud .... co-producer
Walter Salles .... executive producer
Elisa Tolomelli .... line producer
 
Original Music by
Ed Côrtes  (as Ed Cortês)
Antonio Pinto 
 
Cinematography by
César Charlone 
 
Film Editing by
Daniel Rezende 
 
Production Design by
Tulé Peak 
 
Costume Design by
Bia Salgado 
Inês Salgado 
 
Makeup Department
Donna Meirelles .... makeup artist
Anna Van Steen .... makeup designer
 
Production Management
René Bittencourt .... production manager
Claudine Franco .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lamartine Ferreira .... assistant director
Malu Miranda .... third assistant director
Isabella Teixeira .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Isabel Gouvêa .... assistant art director
Bia Pessoa .... art painter
Bia Pessoa .... special paint effects
Rafael Ronconi .... assistant production designer
Severo Santos .... assistant art producer
 
Sound Department
Guilherme Ayrosa .... sound
Lisa Geffcken-Reinhard .... dialogue editor
Martín Hernández .... sound designer
Carlos Honc .... sound
Alessandro Laroca .... sound
Samuel Mendoza .... foley artist
Paulo Ricardo Nunes .... sound
Rudy Pi .... sound re-recording mixer
Alejandro Quevedo .... sound
Pradip Romay .... sound editor
Adam Sawelson .... sound
Unsun Song .... sound re-recordist
Roland N. Thai .... sound effects editor
Luis Flores .... sound assistant (uncredited)
Lex Ortega .... sound assistant (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Renato Batata .... visual effects supervisor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Pablo Baião .... second assistant camera (as Pablo Giannini Baião)
Francisco Bispo .... best boy
Roberto Brito .... electrician
Lula Carvalho .... first assistant camera
Cristiano Conceição .... assistant camera: second unit
Amarildo Cruz .... electrician
Breno Cunha .... assistant camera: second unit
Alexandre Dantas .... video assistant: second unit
Pablo Hoffmann .... video assist operator
Sérgio Isidoro .... gaffer
Márcio Manhães .... assistant electrician
Clóvis Marinho .... assistant grip
Paulo Miranda .... grip
Mário Moraes .... grip
Julia Schmidt .... third assistant camera
Vitor Scola .... assistant grip
Fabricio Tadeu .... Steadicam operator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Patricia Monteiro .... costume assistant
 
Editorial Department
Alessandra Casolari .... post-production coordinator
João Cutileiro Nunes .... first assistant editor
Joao Nunes .... first assistant editor
Fred Ricci .... assistant editor
Ana Teixeira .... assistant editor
Matt Garner .... editorial consultant: us version (uncredited)
Junior Xis .... colorist assistant (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Simon Katz .... featured musician
Pedro Lima .... music mixer assistant
Armando Torres Jr. .... music mixer assistant
 
Other crew
John Kaylin .... dubbing producer
Anna Luiza Müller .... publicist
Fabiano De Souza Ramos .... production staff
Fátima Toledo .... coach (as Maria Fatima Toledo)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Cidade de Deus" - Brazil (original title)
"God's Town" - International (English title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for strong brutal violence, sexuality, drug content and language
Runtime:
130 min | Canada:135 min (Toronto International Film Festival)
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Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:R | Austria:14 | Brazil:18 (original rating) | Brazil:16 (re-rating on appeal) | Chile:14 | Finland:K-18 | France:16 | Germany:16 (bw) | Hong Kong:III | Iceland:16 | Israel:16 | Italy:VM14 | Japan:R-15 | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R18 | Norway:15 | Peru:18 | Philippines:R-18 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:R(A) (original rating) (cut) | Singapore:R21 (re-rating) | Singapore:M18 (video rating) (cut) | South Korea:18 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | Switzerland:16 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:16 (canton of Vaud) | Switzerland:16 (canton of Zurich) | UK:18 | USA:R
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
In the DVD commentary track, director Fernando Meirelles reveals that the shot in which we see Alicate, Cabeleira and Marreco through the bumper of the gas truck is a homage/spoof of the TV series "Charlie's Angels" (1976) (the three boys are seen holding their guns pointing to different ways).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Bené throws Neguinho out (after he, Neguinho, has killed his girl friend) the amount of blood on Bené's T-shirt changesSee more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Zé Pequeno:Whoa, the chicken ran away. Get that chicken, dude!
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Soundtrack:
So Very Hard to GoSee more »

FAQ

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Why is the favela called "City of God"? It seems like just the opposite.
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202 out of 336 people found the following review useful.
Tall and Tan and Young and Packing, 26 April 2004
Author: siriver from New York, New York

'What are you doing, you're just a kid?' "I steal, I kill, I carry a gun, how can I be just a kid? I am a man."

Many who visit Brazil the first time, tend to view Brazilians as lacking serious ambition. They seem to party the night away, and appear to seldom work. The old joke about Brazilians is that they have breakfast at 2:00 in the afternoon.

But such a narrow view does not take into account the fact that while we in America work to live, sweating away for pennies which the government steals at every turn, they in Brazil Live to Live. It is a different kind of living, a life that sambas with the vibrance of the swaying palm and the bounding drum. A life that understands that we are only on this earth for a cup of cafezinho, and we should have fun while we can before the end comes, but quick.

But as the City of God also shows us, Brazilian life is often nasty, brutish and short. A certain degree of anarchy overshadows all the denizens of the film. But Director Fernando Meirelles takes a situation lacking definite boundaries and clear authority, and creates a framework, a structure, that of Gang Rule. The gang-members are not seasoned, old-time criminals like Fredo Corleone or even Tony Montana. Instead, they are a bunch of sweet-faced kids. No one is older than 25, partly because of choice, but mainly because no one lives past this age.

On the surface, in this context, City of God is a coming of age story of two young people, a sort of Brazilian "Angels With Dirty Faces.' One character escapes from the City of God, while the other succumbs to it.

But when one scratches beneath, one finds the film a comment on the morally bankrupt City of God in Rio De Janeiro, and a mirror on Brazil itself. Far away from the party hopping, Travel and Leisure postcard perfect white beaches, is another world, one of marauding bands of displaced children.

The most surprising thing about City of God is its references to American films. Most Brazilian films, as the films of all countries do, owe allegiance to their own particular cultural situation. Brazil owes a cultural debt to Europe (Portugal, Germany, Italy) and Africa. However, the United States has a far more distant cultural relationship to Brazil. That is where City of God triumphs to me an American film goer. It uses the chapter format made famous in Pulp Fiction and more recently, Kill Bill. It uses the familial structure present in Goodfellas. It uses the 'white-suit cool' present in Miami Vice and the Bacardi and cola ads from the preview before this very movie.

The fact that City of God can be subtitled Grand Theft Auto: Sao Paolo, is not a surprise nor a mistake. The film is built like a video game in its use of random acts of violence. But the fluid perfect camera work and editing give way to a film with enormous contradictions. Contradictions as large and as vast as the noble country itself.

Stylistically, the camera work does not conform to its premise as a gangster film. A gangster film never looked this good. It is as if the camera is released in the wide open beaches, and kicked around like one of Ronaldinho's headers. It starts on the sand and moves steadily across. It picks up on the story but then heads into the sun. It then leaves us, the film-viewer, with the most indelible image in years as we see Sonia Braga (A world icon and sex symbol of Brazil)'s niece, sitting on the sun-drenched coast putting her arm around another young boy. The innocence conveyed in this scene is something to behold. It literally takes your breath away.

You see the slamming of different, competing themes. You see the subtlety and tranquility of the beach, smashed into scenes of battered youths dying on city streets. You see a wealth of hypnotic ambiguous images pulled together, much like the very Culture of Brazil itself.

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