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Director:
Writers:
Elena Soarez (screenplay) and
Roberto Moreira (screenplay)
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Release Date:
31 August 2007 (Brazil) See more »
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An unforgettable tale of friendship and survival in a city where the greatest challenge is growing up.
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Douglas Silva ... Acerola
Darlan Cunha ... Laranjinha

Jonathan Haagensen ... Madrugadão
Rodrigo dos Santos ... Heraldo
Camila Monteiro ... Cris
Naima Silva ... Camila (as Naíma Silva)
Eduardo 'BR' Piranha ... Nefasto (as Eduardo BR)
Luciano Vidigal ... Fiel
Pedro Henrique ... Caju
Vítor Oliveira ... Clayton
Vinícius Oliveira ... Clayton
Rafaela Santos ... Bela da Madrugada
Fábio Lago ... Ceara
Claudio Jaborandy ... Complice de Heraldo
Babu Santana ... Drug lord from Morro do Careca
Maria Francisca ... Elvira
Sônia Lino ... Esmeralda
Michel Gomes ... Fininho
Barbara Borgga ... Funcionária Presídio (as Bárbara Borgga)
Alran Pinheiro ... Funcionário Cartório
Vinicius Messias ... Garçon 1
Erik Burdon ... Garçon 2
Alex Borges ... Garçon 3
Mário Hermeto ... Garçon 4
Robson Luiz ... Garoto Novo
Cláudio Cinti ... Goiano - Açougueiro
Bronca ... Guarda do Patronato (as Bronca - Murilo Macedo)
José Mario Farias ... Helinho
Brenno Neves ... Madrugadão Criança
Alexandro Brito ... Moleque da Farmácia
Maurício Gonçalves ... Nestor
Robson Santos ... Olheiro Morro do Careca
Thogun ... Pai de Acerola
Andrea Bacellar ... Patroa Cris
Luisão Seixas ... Pedreira (as Luisao Seixas)
Charles Torres ... Pregador
Flavio Borja ... Policial 1 - Juarez
Marcello Barcellos ... Policial 2
Luca De Castro ... Síndico do Condomínio
Aldene Abreu ... Soldado 1 - Bete
Isaac Borges ... Soldado 2 - Doidinho
Márcio Costa ... Soldado 3 - Palito
Robson Rocha ... Soldado 4 - Bulu
Dimas ... Soldado Morro do Careca 1 (as Dimas - Fagner Santos)
Jersiano Vieira ... Soldado Morro do Careca 2
Kamilla Rodrigues ... Tina
Michelle Cardoso ... Valéria
Carolina Bezerra ... Vendedora Loja
Eber Inacio ... Zézé - Farmacêutico (as Éber Inácio)
Jonathan Azevedo ... Soldado do Madrugadão 1
Gabriel Aguiar ... Soldado do Madrugadão 2
Evandro Ricardo ... Soldado do Madrugadao 3 (as Avandro Ricardo)
Bino Silva ... Soldado do Madrugadão 4
Arthur Viana ... Soldado do Madrugadão 5
André Carvalho ... Soldado do Madrugadão 6
Edy Argolo ... Soldado do Madrugadão 7
Whellington Luis ... Vapor Madrugadão 1
Arthur Bispo Coutinho ... Vapor Madrugadão 2 (as Arthur Bispo)
Deigresson Vieira ... Vapor Madrugadão 3
Jonathan Gomes ... Vapor Madrugadão 4
Black ... Soldado Nefasto 1
Victor Fernando ... Soldado Nefasto 2
Luiz Tomaz ... Soldado Nefasto 3
Biro ... Soldado Nefasto 4
Allan Pacheco ... Soldado Nefasto 5
Tiago Souza ... Soldado Nefasto 6
Pagodinho ... Soldado Nefasto 7
Wilton Campos ... Soldado Nefasto 8
André Santos ... Soldado Nefasto 9
Alex Basilio ... Soldado do Careca 1
Everton Tonzão ... Soldado do Careca 2 (as Everton Tonzao)
Negão ... Soldado do Careca 3 (as Negao)
Zoi ... Soldado do Careca 4
Bebezão ... Soldado do Careca 5 (as Bebezao)
Nandão ... Soldado do Careca 6 (as Nandao)
Bei ... Soldado do Careca 7
João Paulo ... Soldado do Careca 8 (as Joao Paulo)

Directed by
Paulo Morelli 
 
Writing credits
Elena Soarez (screenplay) (as Elena Soárez)

Bráulio Mantovani  inspired by the characters created by
Roberto Moreira  screenplay collaboration
Paulo Morelli  story
Elena Soarez  story (as Elena Soárez)

Produced by
Guel Arraes .... associate producer
Andrea Barata Ribeiro .... producer
Bel Berlinck .... producer
Natália Bruscky .... producer: Globo Filmes
Mariza Figueiredo .... executive producer
Sabrina Garcia .... producer: Globo Filmes
Fernando Meirelles .... producer
Paulo Morelli .... producer
Márcia Sandrin .... producer: Globo Filmes
Sérgio Stamile .... producer: Globo Filmes
 
Original Music by
Antonio Pinto 
 
Cinematography by
Adriano Goldman 
 
Film Editing by
Daniel Rezende 
 
Production Design by
Rafael Ronconi 
 
Art Direction by
Rafael Ronconi 
 
Costume Design by
Inês Salgado  (as Ines Salgado)
Inês Salgado 
 
Makeup Department
Sidnei Oliveira .... makeup artist
Sandro Valerio .... assistant makeup artist (as Sandro Valério)
Ivan Willig .... assistant makeup artist
 
Production Management
Milton Pimenta .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Maria Clara Abreu .... second assistant director
Leonardo Carvalho .... third assistant director
Alice Gomez .... second assistant director
Isabella Teixeira .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Suzanne Anet .... art production assistant
Luis Costa .... property master
Ronaldo Costa .... property master
Gilson Curvelo .... stagehand
Nilson Laport .... stagehand
Helcio Pugliese .... set designer
Allan Rabelo .... storyboard artist
Alexandre Toscano .... art assistant
 
Sound Department
Luis Bourscheidt .... foley assistant
João Caserta .... assistant dialogue editor (as João Pedro Caserta)
Lulu Farah .... adr recordist
Adriano Guerra .... sound assistant
Roger Hands .... foley artist
Carlos Klachquin .... dolby consultant (as Carlos B. Klachquin)
Juliana Lago .... assistant sound effects editor
Alessandro Laroca .... supervising sound editor
Eduardo Virmond Lima .... sound effects editor
Fernando Lobo .... foley recordist
Antonio Mac-Dowell .... foley editor (as Antonio MacDowell)
Frederico Massine .... sound assistant
Paulo Ricardo Nunes .... sound recordist
Débora Opolski .... dialogue editor
Lucas Cesario Pereira .... assistant dialogue editor (as Lucas Cesário Pereira)
Paulo Henrique Servello .... digital mastering (as Paulo Servello)
Armando Torres Jr. .... sound re-recording mixer
Vampiro .... boom operator (as Vanilton Santos 'Vampiro')
 
Visual Effects by
Luis Ignacio Barrague .... conforming editor
Fabian Gamarra .... data manager
Ricardo Gorodetcki .... post-production effects
Gustavo Leão .... video graphics
Tamis Lustre .... post-production effects
Rogério Marinho .... visual effects
Aruan Santos .... digital visual effects compositor
Robson Sartori .... visual effects coordinator
Patrick Siaretta .... visual effects general manager: Teleimage
Marcelo Siqueira .... visual effects supervisor
Karina Vanes .... post production coordinator
Daniel Vasconcellos .... 3D artist
Andre Waller .... digital compositor
Andre Waller .... post-production effects (as André Waller)
Andre Waller .... visual effects supervisor
Ariel Wollinger .... film recording supervisor
Mariana Zdravca .... post-production coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Geisla S. Aguiar .... assistant still photographer
Maurilio Aquino Jr. .... electrician (as Maurílio Aquilino Jr.)
Joel 'Junior' de Queiroz .... electrician (as Joel Junior)
Gilson de Souza .... grip
Roberto Faissal .... underwater camera operator
Adriano Goldman .... camera operator
Leo Gonzaga .... video assist operator
Claudio Gustavo .... second assistant camera (as Claudio Gustavo 'Claudinho')
Joana Luz .... video assist operator
Valéria Martins .... assistant still photographer
Marcio Menezes .... first assistant camera
Paulo Fernando Miranda .... key grip (as Paulo Fernando Miranda 'Doca')
Paulo Nilo .... electrician
Marcelo 'Marcelinho' Oliveira .... gaffer
Vantoen Pereira Júnior .... still photographer (as Vantoen Pereira Jr. 'Vantinho')
Julia Schmidt .... second assistant camera
Célio Souza .... video engineer
Marcelo Trotta .... additional photography
 
Casting Department
Rafael Araújo .... extras casting production assistant
Guilherme Gobbi .... casting producer
Felipe Hidalgo .... extras casting producer
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bianca Nabuco .... costume trainee
Renata Russo .... second costume assistant
Pilar Salgado .... first costume assistant
 
Editorial Department
Sean Cooney .... post-production executive
Fábio Fatorelli .... assistant editor
Flávia Gonçalves .... assistant editor
André Miranda .... colorist
Sergio Pasqualino .... colorist (as Sergio Pasqualino)
Renato Tilhe .... post-production coordinator
Rafael Yamin .... colorist telecine: Scan 2k
 
Music Department
Marilia Franco .... music coordinator (as Marília Franco)
Marilia Franco .... music executive producer (as Marília Franco)
Thacio Palanca .... music executive production assistant
Felipe Pinheiro .... music production assistant
Fil Pinheiro .... music programmer
 
Other crew
Renata Alberton .... production assistant
Paula Batalha .... executive production trainee
Cecília Bertoche .... production assistant
Claudia Büschel .... production coordinator
Raphael Cavaco .... assistant set manager
Paulão Costa .... set manager
Antônio Fernandes de Almeida .... controller: Globo Filmes
Antônio Fernandes de Almeida .... planning: Globo Filmes
Christian Duurvoort .... acting coach
Ricardo Gorodetcki .... title designer: main title and motion graphics
Mariana Karam .... controller: Globo Filmes
Mariana Karam .... planning: Globo Filmes
Nathalie Loureiro .... first production assistant
Ariadne Mazzetti .... commercial attendant
Chico Phiton .... direction trainee
Marcelo Pires .... executive production assistant
Olivia Rabacov .... continuity
Tina Marie Remedios .... executive production assistant (as Tina Marie Remédios)
Carlos Eduardo Rodrigues .... director: Globo Filmes
Carol Scalice .... production assistant
Ana Seixas .... controller: Globo Filmes
Ana Seixas .... planning: Globo Filmes
Wilson Teixeira .... location manager
Roberto Trotti .... location manager (as Roberto Trotti 'The Flash')
Patrícia Vidal .... controller: Globo Filmes
Patrícia Vidal .... planning: Globo Filmes
 
Thanks
Paulo De Tarso Akamine .... thanks
 

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Also Known As:
"Cidade dos Homens" - Brazil (original title)
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Runtime:
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Thiago Martins and Darlan Cunha have a song in the soundtrack.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: 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 »
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20 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
God help us . . ., 23 February 2008
Author: John DeSando (jdesando@columbus.rr.com) from Columbus, Ohio

"Poverty, to be picturesque, should be rural. Suburban misery is as hideous as it is pitiable." Anthony Trollope

Whew! I'm out of breath following youth gangs in the favela of Rio as they fight for a city hill as if they were in WWII's Pork Chop battle. Machine guns rule; women do not (contrary to the stereotype of matriarchal Latin society). It may not be City of God, the frenetic precursor using two of the same actors, but it has the Battle of Algiers' claustrophobia, which had a better-appointed Kasbah yet the same feeling of people darting around corners to avoid ever present Death.

The two central characters, teenage boys trying to keep their friendship and families in tact while around them chaos rules, veer between themselves and annihilation as they fight off the temptation to carry weapons like their friends yet can't find a way to survive without guns. There is more, however, than just gang warfare because sub-textually director/writer Paulo Morelli identifies a root cause of the dislocations—absentee fathers. (Heck, even the current Spiderwick uses this powerful ingredient.) Much of the film is dedicated to one of the boys finding his father and the other coming to terms with the murder of his. While the former is adequately explored, the latter could have used much more explanation for the boy's suddenly joining the gang's war. Could it have been the murder of his father? I can't tell you.

The requisite hillside shots of the Rio harbor help the figurative contrast between the rich Brazilian scenery and the squalor of the barrio. Both conditions, of course, help to emphasize the globally accurate distance between the have's and the have not's, a condition the present economic global downturn is exacerbating. City of Men is a city of all men, racing through the labyrinth of life trying to survive, and losing.

City of God is a movie that contradicts its name; City of Men is spot on—God help us.

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