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Darlan Cunha ...
 Laranjinha / ... (19 episodes, 2002-2005)
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 Acerola / ... (19 episodes, 2002-2005)
Pierre-Augustin Crenn ...
 Acerola (19 episodes, 2002-2005)
Phellipe Haagensen ...
 Espeto (9 episodes, 2002-2004)
Camila Monteiro ...
 Cristiane (10 episodes, 2003-2005)
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 Madrugadão (8 episodes, 2002-2005)
Roberta Rodrigues ...
 Poderosa / ... (9 episodes, 2002-2005)
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In this original variation on the Latin American telenovela (slow, emotional soap), life in Rio de Janeiro, the Brazilian big city jungle, is told in short, fast alternating scenes from the viewpoints of two sets of characters, all youngsters, but from both sides of unequal life: generally dark-skinned street-kids, which rarely come to anything better then begging and street crime, and generally white boys from the middle and upper classes, like João Victor, who have a shot at a better future thanks to an actual education. Yet each group simultaneously hates, fears and envies the other at some level when their worlds physically touch but socially remain unbridgeable... Written by KGF Vissers

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Laranjinha's real name is Uólace da Silva. Acerola's real name is Luis Claudio Cunha. See more »

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References City of God (2002) See more »

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To feia mas to na moda
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A masterpiece in the TV's miniseries subject
21 October 2003 | by (Brazil) – See all my reviews

Cidade dos Homens uses the same ingredients that made Cidade de Deus such an amazing film: Fast and inteligent dialogs, which usually focus on the violence of RJ, beautiful art work, great soundtrack and talent kids. Now, in it's second season, the show continues to show us with humor and drama how much stuff is wrong in this powerful country. Its a shame that not many other countries will be able to see this.


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