Up 626 this week

City of Men (2007)
"Cidade dos Homens" (original title)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama  |  31 August 2007 (Brazil)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.3/10 from 12,455 users   Metascore: 63/100
Reviews: 29 user | 85 critic | 25 from

Best buddies Acerola and Laranjinha, about to turn 18, discover things about their missing fathers' pasts which will shatter their solid friendship, in the middle of a war between rival drug gangs from Rio's favelas.



(screenplay) (as Elena Soárez) , (screenplay), 3 more credits »
Watch Trailer
0Check in

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video


Celebrate IMDb's 25th Anniversary with Photos We Love

IMDb turns 25 on October 17! To celebrate, we put together a gallery of some of our favorite movie, TV, and event photos from the last 25 years.

See the Photos We Love

Related News

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 30 titles
created 22 Feb 2012
a list of 34 titles
created 31 Oct 2013
a list of 28 titles
created 14 Mar 2014
a list of 35 titles
created 02 Jun 2014
a list of 46 titles
created 2 months ago

Related Items

Search for "City of Men" on

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: City of Men (2007)

City of Men (2007) on IMDb 7.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of City of Men.

User Polls

5 nominations. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

City of Men (2002–2005)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

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... See full summary »

Stars: Darlan Cunha, Douglas Silva, Pierre-Augustin Crenn
Carandiru (2003)
Drama | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Brazilian MD Drauzio Varella starts AIDS prevention in Brazil's largest prison, Carandiru, in São Paulo, where the population is nearly double its 4,000 maximum. Doc learns from experience ... See full summary »

Director: Hector Babenco
Stars: Enrique Diaz, Wagner Moura, Caio Blat
Last Stop 174 (2008)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A chronicle of a real-life bus hijacking in Rio de Janeiro that occurred on June 12, 2000.

Director: Bruno Barreto
Stars: Michel Gomes, Cris Vianna, Marcello Melo Junior
Elite Squad (2007)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

1997, Captain Nascimento has to find a substitute for his occupation while trying to take down drug dealers and criminals before the Pope comes to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Director: José Padilha
Stars: Wagner Moura, André Ramiro, Caio Junqueira
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

André, relatively poor, falls in love with Silvia, a neighbor whom he spies with a telescope. Falling more and more in love with her, he begins to follow her around the city and realizes ... See full summary »

Director: Jorge Furtado
Stars: Lázaro Ramos, Renata de Lélis, Sérgio Lulkin
City of Men (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Set in a futuristic a world where men and women have been separated by civil war, leaving procreation to test tubes and medical science. Roy, a young boy, discovers a photograph of a woman,... See full summary »

Director: Jay Bonansinga
Stars: David Bontumasi, Steve Childerston, Gabrielle Conradus
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The true story of João Guilherme Estrella ("Johnny"), a young middle-class bon vivant who became a big-time cocaine dealer in Rio de Janeiro in the early 1990s.

Director: Mauro Lima
Stars: Selton Mello, Giulio Lopes, Júlia Lemmertz
Bus 174 (2002)
Documentary | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

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 »

Directors: José Padilha, Felipe Lacerda
Stars: Sandro do Nascimento, Rodrigo Pimentel, Luiz Eduardo Soares
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

After a prison riot, former-Captain Nascimento, now a high ranking security officer in Rio de Janeiro, is swept into a bloody political dispute that involves government officials and paramilitary groups.

Director: José Padilha
Stars: Wagner Moura, Irandhir Santos, André Ramiro
VIPs (2010)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The life of a real conman and one of the biggest frauds in Brazil.

Director: Toniko Melo
Stars: Wagner Moura, Gisele Fróes, Emiliano Ruschel
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Lisbela is a young woman who loves going to the movies. Leléu is a con man, going from town to town selling all sort of things and performing as master of ceremonies for some cheesy numbers... See full summary »

Director: Guel Arraes
Stars: André Mattos, Aramis Trindade, Bruno Garcia
A Dog's Will (2000)
Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

The lively João Grilo and the sly Chicó are poor guys living in the hinterland who cheat a bunch of people in a small Northeast Brazil town. But when they die, they have to be judged by ... See full summary »

Director: Guel Arraes
Stars: Matheus Nachtergaele, Selton Mello, Rogério Cardoso


Cast overview, first billed only:
Darlan Cunha ...
Rodrigo dos Santos ...
Camila Monteiro ...
Naima Silva ...
Camila (as Naíma Silva)
Eduardo 'BR' Piranha ...
Nefasto (as Eduardo BR)
Luciano Vidigal ...
Pedro Henrique ...
Vítor Oliveira ...
Vinícius Oliveira ...
Rafaela Santos ...
Bela da Madrugada
Fábio Lago ...
Complice de Heraldo
Babu Santana ...
Drug lord from Morro do Careca


In the slum in Morro da Sinuca, a couple of days before turning eighteen year-old, Laranjinha tells his best friend and also orphan Acerola that he misses his unknown father. Acerola decides to help his needy friend to find his father and they discover that he is in prison convicted for killing a man during a robbery and near to be released on parole. Meanwhile, Acerola's wife and babysitter Cris is invited to work in São Paulo and she sees the chance to raise money to buy a house of her own; she tells Acerola that he must take care of their son Clayton alone for one year. When the owner of the hill and Laranjinha's cousin Madrugadão is betrayed by his right-hand Nefasto, he is expelled from the slum and Laranjinha and Acerola have also to leave the hill. While Madrugadão plots a plan to invade and recover the hill with the support of the gang of the drug lord from Morro do Careca, Acerola and Laranjinha unravel the past of their fathers. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


An unforgettable tale of friendship and survival in a city where the greatest challenge is growing up.


Crime | Drama


R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:





Release Date:

31 August 2007 (Brazil)  »

Also Known As:

City of Men  »

Filming Locations:

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$130,579 (USA) (29 February 2008)


$307,076 (USA) (14 March 2008)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Jonathan Haagensen, Mumuzinho and Thiago Martins are some of the actors returning after City of God (2002), portraying new roles. See more »


When Camila is showing Wallace her hair and telling him where Ace is, a leg of the tripod holding the close up camera is visible on the right side in the wide shot of them. See more »


Follows City of God (2002) See more »


Irmão de Sangue
Written by Antonio Pinto
Antonio Pinto: guitars, flutes, sampler and programming
Felipe Pinheiro: sampler and programming
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

Not quite like the first film
2 April 2010 | by (Belgium) – See all my reviews

"Citade de Deus" ("City of God") was a Brazilian masterpiece telling the story about the gang wars in the Brazilian favelas (slums) during the '70s from the perspective of a boy who wants to become a journalist. Based on a true story, it gives you a quite realistic impression of what it was like to live back then in one of the most dangerous places on earth.

After the success of "Citade de Deus", Kátia Lund and Fernando Meirelles, (the directors) created a series called "Cidade dos Homens" ("City of God") based on the same concept taking place in the present which in 2007 was turned into another feature length film with the same title.

As I haven't seen the series I cannot judge it, but the film "Cidade dos Homens" was not nearly as good as the first. Telling the story of two friends growing up in the Rio favelas, the film starts out real slow and never manages to become nearly as compelling as "Citade de Deus" was. Certainly, the fighting between the two rivaling gangs is exciting to watch but this only but a small part of the film and the rest of it consists of little more than the two friends trying to survive and maintain their friendship. There is little depth in any of the other characters and this makes the film fairly pointless to watch for anyone who's already seen "Citade de Deus". While not a bad film by any standards, but it's by no means better than mediocre either. I expected more from the people who brought us "Citade de Deus". Was this a cheap attempt to get some easy money?!?

4 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Idiots who don't like subtitles neo_jenner
Not a Sequel to City of God! so why is imdb calling it as such? djmprawx
masterpieces of Brazilian cinema sync-zs
City of God gone wrong?? micool123
American Release Date? kamalimd
music in trailer andremelo2
Discuss City of Men (2007) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: