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Turistas (2006)

R  |   |  Horror, Mystery, Thriller  |  1 December 2006 (USA)
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A group of young backpackers' vacation turns sour when a bus accident leaves them marooned in a remote Brazilian rural area that holds an ominous secret.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Agles Steib ...
Jorge Só ...
Bus Driver
Cristiani Aparecida ...
Native Beauty
Lucy Ramos ...
Andréa Leal ...
Diego Santiago ...
Marcão ...
Miguelito Acosta ...


While traveling on vacation through the country of Northeastern of Brazil by bus, the American Alex Trubituan, his sister Bea Tribituan and their friend Amy Harrington meet the also foreigners Pru Stagler, Finn Davies and Liam Kuller after an accident with their bus. They follow a track through the woods and find a hidden paradisiacal beach. They decide to stay in the place drinking beer and dancing funk and parting with the locals and they meet the amicable Brazilian teenager Kiko. They are drugged with "Boa Noite, Cinderela" (Ruffies, literal translation: "Good Night, Cinderella" - a trick used by smalltime crooks to steal naive people) and when they wake up, they are practically naked, with all their belongings, clothes, money, jewels, passports, backpacks etc. stolen. They walk to a small village trying to find a police station, they get into trouble with the dwellers and they are helped by their acquaintance Kiko, who leads them to his uncle's isolated well-equipped cabin in the ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong graphic violence and disturbing content, sexuality, nudity, drug use and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

1 December 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Paradise Lost  »

Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,582,554 (USA) (1 December 2006)


$7,025,803 (USA) (19 January 2007)

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The story was originally set in Guatemala in an earlier draft of the script. See more »


In the first scene at the beach, when Pru is showing her trick to take off her clothes without taking off the bikini, she is wearing a green/brown bikini. Even though they later get robbed of everything but the clothes they are wearing, by the time they get in the house she has changed to a white bikini. See more »


[first lines]
Bea Trubituan: [careening recklessly through the countryside in a bus] Are you having fun?
Alex Trubituan: Am I the only one having a problem with this?
Bea Trubituan: I don't know, I guess I'm used to it.
Alex Trubituan: I just keep thinking about how far we must be from a hospital. You know, with doctors who operate instead of amputate?
Bea Trubituan: So dramatic.
Alex Trubituan: [grinding sounds] Would you slow the fuck down!
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Qual É (Album Version)
Written by Marcelo Peixoto (as Marcelo D2), David Corcos, Antônio Carlos, Jocafi
Performed by Marcelo Peixoto (as Marcelo D2)
Courtesy of Mr. Bongo Records & Sony BMG Brazil
By Arrangement with Big Sounds International
Contains sample of the song "Kabaluerê"
Written by Antônio Carlos & Jocafi
Performed by Antônio Carlos & Jocafi
Courtesy of BMG Brasil Ltda.
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It wasn't that bad!
7 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I just saw this and I had extraordinarily low expectations, but I actually enjoyed it a lot more than I thought it would.

I thought the "Scarier than Hostel!" bit that they were using to promote it was corny and dumb, because a lot of people, including me, hated Hostel. But Turistas is better viewed when you're not expecting it to be that great. There were a few parts I thought were somewhat dumb, but the acting isn't bad. All of the actors are in their late 20's to early 30's, which I thought was good because I did NOT want to see another dumb teen-driven horror flick. But I don't see Turistas as a horror movie. It was a thriller that was actually somewhat scary, which is something that suspense movies these days lack terribly.

The parts I didn't like about it were overlookable. Like in the underwater scenes, I thought the acting could have been a little better, but in the long run, Turistas isn't a failure. I think there are much worse movies that could be on the Bottom 100, like Lady In The Water, for example. So, if Turistas is showing now at a 2nd-run house near you, you should go see it. Hopefully you won't hate it as much as typical IMDb folk do. They're all idiots, anyway.

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