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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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João Guilherme Estrella
Giulio Lopes ...
Pai de João / João's father
Júlia Lemmertz ...
Mãe de João / João's mother
Felipe Severo ...
João criança / child
Breno Guimarães ...
Policial Federal 1
Ellan Lustosa ...
Policial Federal 2
Gillray Coutinho ...
Advogado / Lawyer Renato
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Sofia (as Cléo Pires)
Arthur Lopes ...
João adolescente / teen
Victor Lisboa Gorgulho ...
Julinho adolescente / teen
Daniel Torres ...
Boneco adolescente / teen
Rodrigo Amarante ...
Rubão
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Laura adolescente / teen
Ângelo Paes Leme ...
Julinho
Flávio Pardal ...
Boneco
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In the 90's, In Rio de Janeiro, the middle-class João Guilherme Estrella is introduced to the world of drugs consuming maconha and cocaine first and later becoming a drug-dealer with many connections inclusive in Europe. However, he spends all the money he makes in his addiction, parties with clients and friends and travels, never structuring or organizing a network or saving money. When he is arrested, he is sent to the prison first and later to the judicial asylum for treatment, reintegrating to the society. Presently João is a successful musical producer. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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4 January 2008 (Brazil)  »

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My Name Ain't Johnny  »

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BRL 6,000,000 (estimated)
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In the beginning of the film, when Joao and Sofia sit down together in the sofa, there are some vinyls over this sofa. This scene takes place in the early 1980s, but one of the vinyls is 'Jive Bunny The Album' by the group 'Jive Bunny and the Mastermixers', which was released in 1989. See more »

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References Magnum, P.I. (1980) See more »

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Written by Sérgio Britto and Marcelo Fromer
Performed by Titãs
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The Raise and Redemption of a Drug-Dealer - The Most Positive Story I Have Recently Seen
13 September 2008 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In the 90's, In Rio de Janeiro, the middle-class João Guilherme Estrella (Selton Mello) is introduced to the world of drugs consuming marijuana and cocaine first and later becoming a drug-dealer with many connections inclusive in Europe. However, he spends all the money he makes in his addiction, parties with clients and friends and travels, never structuring or organizing a network or saving money. When he is arrested, he is sent to the prison first and later to the judicial asylum for treatment, reintegrating to the society. Presently João is a successful musical producer.

"Meu Nome Não É Johnny" depicts the raise and redemption of a drug-dealer in the most positive story I have recently seen. The dynamic narrative discloses the true story in a wonderful combination of drama and comedy, with the excellent Selton Mello in the lead role. The dialogs are intelligent, the corruption of police is slightly disclosed but the screenplay never goes deeper in the connections of João Guilherme – who are the suppliers or the users, for example, are totally forgotten. Have they helped Johnny later? In the prison, the relationship of João Guilherme and the criminals are also not very clear. However, the objective of the movie is achieved and I personally loved the message of the possibility of recovering of a doomed person. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Meu Nome Não É Johnny" ("My Name Is not Johnny")


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