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Bus 174 (2002)

Ônibus 174 (original title)
Documentary depicts what happened in Rio de Janeiro on June 12th 2000, when bus 174 was taken by an armed young man, threatening to shoot all the passengers. Transmitted live on all ... See full summary »
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Credited cast:
Anonymous ...
Himself - Rio SWAT Team Officer
Maria Aparecida ...
Herself - Damiana's Daughter
Captain Batista ...
Himself - Rio SWAT Team Negotiator
Luanna Belmon ...
Herself - Undergraduate Student
Claudete Beltrana ...
Herself - Former Street Kid
Luciana Carvalho ...
Herself - Secretary
Coelho ...
Himself - Former Street Kid
Damiana ...
Herself
Yvonne Bezerra de Mello ...
Herself - Social Worker
Julieta do Nacimento ...
Herself - Sandro's Maternal Aunt
Sandro do Nascimento ...
Himself (archive footage)
Dona Elza ...
Herself
Geísa Firmo Gonçalves ...
Herself (archive footage)
José Henrique ...
Himself - TV Cameraman
Cláudia Macumbinha ...
Herself - Former Street Kid
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Documentary depicts what happened in Rio de Janeiro on June 12th 2000, when bus 174 was taken by an armed young man, threatening to shoot all the passengers. Transmitted live on all Brazilian TV networks, this shocking and tragic-ending event became one of violence's most shocking portraits, and one of the scariest examples of police incompetence and abuse in recent years. Written by fabreu@rio.com.br

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Rated R for language, violent images and some drug material | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

30 August 2003 (Netherlands)  »

Also Known As:

Autobus 174  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$8,625 (USA) (10 October 2003)

Gross:

$216,158 (USA) (23 April 2004)
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

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Nurture Vs Nature –It's Not All Black And White. Bus 174 Delves Into the Gray
28 May 2005 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

On June 12, 2000 Sandro de Nascimento stepped onto a bus in Rio de Jeneiro, brandished a handgun and demanded money from its patrons. It was just another day in Rio. Well, it was, until an unnecessarily prompt response time by police turned the simple robbery into a complex hostage situation destined to be botched through incompetence. Toss in virtually unrestricted media coverage throughout the five-hour ordeal and what followed was a sequence of dramatized misfortunes to rival the wet dreams of any reality TV producer.

Bus 174, is a documentary by Jose Padilha, focusing on the "how's" and "why's" of the avoidable tragedy that was this day-long fiasco. Relying heavily on in-your-face news footage that was broadcast live to Brazilians around the country; as well as in-depth interviews with hostages, police officers and friends and family of Sandro, Padilha inter-cuts the events of June 12 with the story of Sandro's life as a doomed street kid shunned from society. In so doing, Padilha addresses that age-old ideological argument of nurture vs nature. Did Sandro instigate the events leading to this tragedy of police incompetence simply because it was bread into him? Or might there be more to the story? Had he believed the former, Padihla would have had a much shorter film on his hands. Fortunately for us though, he chose to go against the teachings from the "school of Bush", painting the scenario, not in black and white, but in a muddled gray.

And so we are told the story of a child who, after witnessing the brutal murder of his mother at the age of 5, was destined for a life on the streets where crime is simply a means of survival. We are told of the socio-economical issues in Brazil, where its class system has divided the nation to a point where rich ignore the poor (unless it's to drop slabs of rock on their heads while they sleep). We are told of a government whose brutal attitude towards street kids helped instigate the Candelaria massacres (where Sandro again got to witness the slaying of the people he called family). And we are told of a penal system so inhumane and violent, people would rather die then go to jail. What we are told is that violence begets violence.

As manipulative and subjective as some documentary film-making can be, it is often easy for critics to discredit a film like this as being socialist propaganda (just ask Michael Moore). But it is to Padihla's credit that he is able to avoid this by simply presenting us with the information he has acquired. We are not force-fed opinions and told what to believe, nor is Sandro portrayed as some sort of martyr for equal-rights, we are simply given the full story and are then left to draw our own conclusions.

Because what some may see as black and white, the rest of us see as shades of gray -Shaun English


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