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

R  |   |  Crime, Drama  |  31 August 2007 (Brazil)
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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.



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Darlan Cunha ...
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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

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


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31 August 2007 (Brazil)  »

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City of Men  »

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

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Excellent Continuation of the TV Series, but not as good as 'God'
12 February 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The film City of Men is a fantastic Brazilian film. It's directed by the same creator of City of God and the City of Men TV series. Now, personally, I recommend you watch the TV series before watching the movie due to many flashbacks throughout the film. The TV series also adds more depth to the characters that add to the overall enjoyment of the film. The film is still set in the favelas in Rio, but instead of focusing on the gangs as in City of God, it focuses on two 18 year old boys. The film is similar to City of God, but with a more light-hearted feel to it. The film also has similar cinematography. Overall, I prefer City of God to this film, but it is a worthy follow up to a fantastic film. 9 stars out of 10 in relation to City of God, but as a film in general, compared to the majority of films created this would deserve 10 stars.

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