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For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for City of God can be found here.
Cidade de Deus (City of God) is a 1997 novel by Brazilian author Paulo Lins.
"Cidade de Deus" (City of God) is the name of a housing project created by the government in the 1960s, where the action takes place. As usual with such projects, it was virtually abandoned by the authorities after its creation, becoming one of Rio's worst favelas (slums). This is why the name is ironic.
It's a reference to the Comando Vermelho (Red Command), a Brazilian crime syndicate which has operated in Rio de Janeiro since 1979.
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