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Director:
Writers:
Elena Soarez (screenplay) and
Paulo Morelli (story)
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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
Eduardo 'BR' Piranha ... Nefasto (as Eduardo BR)
Luciano Vidigal ... Fiel
Pedro Henrique ... Caju
Vítor Oliveira ... Clayton
Vinícius Oliveira ... Clayton
Rafaela Santos ... Bela da Madrugadao
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 ... Funciandria Presidio
Alran Pinheiro ... Funciandrio Cartorlo
Vinicius Messias ... Garçon 1
Erik Burdon ... Garçon 2
Alex Borges ... Garçon 3
Mário Hermeto ... Garçon 4
Robson Luiz ... Garoto Novo
Cláudio Cinti ... Golano Acougueiro
Bronca ... Guarda do Patronato (as Bronca - Murilo Macedo)
José Mario Farias ... Helinho
Brenno Neves ... Madrugadao Crianca
Alexandro Brito ... Moleque da Farmacia
Maurício Gonçalves ... Nestor
Robson Santos ... Olheiro Morro do Careca
Thogun ... Pal de Acerola
Andrea Bacellar ... Patroa Cris
Luisao Seixas ... Pedreira
Charles Torres ... Pregador
Flavio Borja ... Policial 1 - Juarez
Marcello Barcellos ... Policial 2
Luca De Castro ... Sindico do Condominio
Aldene Abreu ... Soldado 1 Bete
Isaac Borges ... Soldado 2 - Doldinho
Márcio Costa ... Soldado 3 - Polito
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 Lojo
Eber Inacio ... Zézé - Farmaceutico
Jonathan Azevedo ... Soldado de Madrugadao 1
Gabriel Aguiar ... Soldado do Madrugadao 2
Avandro Ricardo ... Soldado do Madrugadao 3
Bino Silva ... Soldado do Madrugadao 4
Arthur Viana ... Soldado do Madrugadao 5
André Carvalho ... Soldado do Madrugadao 6
Edy Argolo ... Soldado do Madrugadao 7
Arthur Bispo Coutinho ... Vapor Madrugadao 2 (as Arthur Bispo)
Jonathan Gomes ... Vapor Madrugadao 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 Tonzao ... Soldado do Careca 2
Negao ... Soldado do Careca 3
Zoi ... Soldado do Careca 4
Bebezao ... Soldado do Careca 5
Nandao ... Soldado do Careca 6
Bei ... Soldado do Careca 7
Joao Paulo ... Soldado do Careca 8
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Directed by
Paulo Morelli 
 
Writing credits
Elena Soarez (screenplay)

Paulo Morelli  story
Elena Soarez  story

Produced by
Guel Arraes .... associate producer
Andrea Barata Ribeiro .... producer
Bel Berlinck .... producer
Fernando Meirelles .... producer
Paulo Morelli .... producer
Carlos Eduardo Rodrigues .... associate producer
 
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
Ines Salgado 
Inês Salgado 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Leonardo Carvalho .... third assistant director
Alice Gomez .... third assistant director
Isabella Teixeira .... first assistant director
 
Sound Department
Luis Bourscheidt .... foley assistant
João Caserta .... assistant dialogue editor
Lulu Farah .... adr recordist
Roger Hands .... foley artist
Juliana Lago .... assistant sound editor
Alessandro Laroca .... supervising sound editor
Eduardo Virmond Lima .... sound effects editor
Fernando Lobo .... foley mixer
Antonio Mac-Dowell .... foley editor
Frederico Massine .... sound assistant
Paulo Ricardo Nunes .... sound recordist
Débora Opolski .... dialogue editor
Lucas Cesario Pereira .... assistant dialogue editor
Paulo Henrique Servello .... digital mastering
Armando Torres Jr. .... sound re-recording mixer
Vampiro .... boom operator
 
Visual Effects by
Luis Ignacio Barrague .... conforming editor
Fabian Gamarra .... data manager
Gustavo Leão .... video graphics
Rogério Marinho .... visual effects
Aruan Santos .... digital visual effects compositor
Robson Sartori .... visual effects coordinator
Karina Vanes .... post production coordinator
Daniel Vasconcellos .... 3D artist
Andre Waller .... digital compositor
Andre Waller .... visual effects supervisor
Ariel Wollinger .... film recording supervisor
Mariana Zdravca .... post-production coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Joel 'Junior' de Queiroz .... electrician
Célio Souza .... video engineer
 
Editorial Department
Sean Cooney .... post-production executive
Fábio Fatorelli .... assistant editor
Rafael Yamin .... colorist telecine: Scan 2k
 
Music Department
Thacio Palanca .... music production assistant
Fil Pinheiro .... music programmer
 
Other crew
Claudia Büschel .... production coordinator
Raphael Cavaco .... assistant set manager
Paulão Costa .... set manager
Christian Duurvoort .... acting coach
 
Thanks
Paulo De Tarso Akamine .... thanks
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Cidade dos Homens" - Brazil (original title)
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Runtime:
106 min
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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 29 people found the following review useful.
A tender and deeply affecting story, 3 March 2008
Author: Howard Schumann from Vancouver, B.C.

It has been estimated that 19 percent of the population of Rio de Janeiro live in favelas, shanties crowded onto hillsides not far from luxurious apartments and world famous beach resorts. Notorious breeding grounds for poverty, drug addiction, and gang warfare, the favelas with their picturesque street names such as Dead End Hill, have been the subject of critically acclaimed films such as Hector Babenco's Pixote and Fernando Meirelles' City of God. Based on a long running television series that ran on Brazilian TV Globo for four years and was watched by 35 million viewers, Paolo Morelli's City of Men is a follow-up to the more flashy Meirelles film. While it lacks the earlier work's kinetic energy, it is more emotionally satisfying and has characters that we care about.

The film focuses on two friends, both turning 18 and without fathers. The two boys, Acerola and Laranjinha, (given Americanized names Ace and Wallace in the subtitles) have unresolved father issues. Wallace is trying to locate the father he never knew and Ace wants to find out how and why his father was killed. Actors Douglas Silva and Darlan Cunha both appeared in the TV series and footage from the TV series is used for flashbacks in the film, shown in a faded color palette. Both are natural actors who do a remarkable job. Ace, though only 18, lives with his wife Cris (Camilla Monteiro) in one of the shanties and is the father of a young boy named Clayton (Vinicius Oliveira). Ace is immature enough to leave Clayton alone on the beach in an early sequence but must grow up quickly and assume complete responsibility for Clayton's care when Cris takes a job in Sao Paolo.

Shot by cinematographer Adriano Goldman who provides sweeping panoramas of the hills, mountains, and beaches, the film begins on the top of Dead End Hill on a day so brutally hot I could feel the sweat gathering on my forehead. Gang members with handguns and automatic weapons led by Midnight (Jonathan Haagensen) decide to head down to the ocean, establishing a perimeter of guards who tell the cops that they are on route. The emotional center of the film is the relationship between Wallace and his newly discovered father Heraldo played with strength and dignity by Rodrigo Dos Santos. Heraldo is out on parole after having served fifteen years of a twenty year sentence for robbery and murder. The circumstances of the murder that he committed becomes a central issue in the relationship between Ace and Wallace and secrets about both of their fathers' pasts threaten their friendship and lead to their involvement on different sides of a new eruption of gang violence.

Somewhat melodramatic but never manipulative or false, City of Men transcends the familiar format of hand-held camera hyperactivity and gangster clichés to become a tender and deeply affecting story about abandoned children and how the cycle is repeated from one generation to the next. While the film explodes into warfare between rival gangs led by Midnight and Fasto (Eduardo BR), it is devoid of typical heavily stylized and frenetic violence. Ace and Wallace are characters we get to know and identify with. We want them to defy the odds and survive until adulthood though the tragic history of life in the Rio slums is never far from our mind.

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