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400 Contra 1: Uma História do Crime Organizado (2010)

The real story behind the creation of the Comando Vermelho (Red Commando), the powerful criminal organization that terrorized Rio de Janeiro for several decades. The movie follows William, ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel de Oliveira ...
William da Silva Lima
Fabrício Boliveira ...
Branca Messina ...
Negra Li ...
Lui Mendes ...
Rodrigo Brassoloto ...
Jonathan Azevedo ...
Jefferson Brasil ...
Luiz Bertazzo ...
Luciana Brites ...
Pardal ...
Anderson Jader ...
Andy Gerker ...


The real story behind the creation of the Comando Vermelho (Red Commando), the powerful criminal organization that terrorized Rio de Janeiro for several decades. The movie follows William, who is sent to a notorious prison island during the military regime, and there he befriends other criminal people like him and also many political prisoners of the place, full of ideologies and demanding better conditions in the place. Soon, what started as a movement dealing with improvements behind bars became a violent group that escalated outside of prison, with members involved in criminal acts, robberies, murders and spectacular jailbreaks. Written by Rodrigo Amaro

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6 August 2010 (Brazil)  »

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400 Contra 1: A História do Comando Vermelho  »

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BRL 4,800,000 (estimated)

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First film directed by Caco Souza. See more »


[repeated line]
William da Silva Lima: This is a robbery. But we don't want money from the workers.
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A spoiled chance to film a great story
30 August 2011 | by (Brasilia, Brazil) – See all my reviews

The movie is about the early creation of the biggest criminal organization in Brazil, the "Comando Vermelho" (Red command). The movie is inspired in the book of William da Silva, played very well by Daniel de Oliveira (Cazuza). It is an outstanding REAL story, very interesting.

Unfortunately the acting, besides Daniel and a couple of other actors, is poor, with some unknown actors that didn't convince as captain Werneck.

There are also other problems such as the confusing editing, coming back an forth between 1980 and 1970 too many times, complicating the understanding of the movie.

Another flaw is the prison. There are three groups in the jail, and each group had too many characters and they all had the same appearance, so that the spectator has difficulties in distinguishing the gangs. And sometimes one gang member murders another and we don't know the reasons nor which gang was fighting other gang.

Some prisoners are killed by the guards while trying to escape, and another, Baiano, for the same reason only has his head shaved, and the movie makes it a huge punishment. (I prefer bald then dead.) This sequence is terrible, as is the one when other gang members with bald heads protest in the refectory.

The budget is not 400 million, it is incorrect in this site.

Concluding: They had the chance of making a great movie, with an amazing story but made only an average film.

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