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Set in Brazil, three kids who make a discovery in a garbage dump soon find themselves running from the cops and trying to right a terrible wrong.


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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rickson Tevez ...
Raphael (as Rickson Tévis)
José Dumont ...
Carlos, Policeman
Daniel Zettel ...
Carlos' partner
Eduardo Luis ...
Gardo (as Eduardo Luís)
Luis Felipe da Silva Costa ...
Trash Kid No. 1
Gabriel Dias da Costa Silva ...
Trash Kid No. 2
Stepan Nercessian ...
Antonio Santos
Teca Pereira ...
Letícia Cunha Camara Pereira de Carvalho ...
Trash Kid No. 3
Rafael de Biase ...
Trash Kid No. 4
Israel Gomes ...
Raphael's cousin No. 1


When two trash-picking boys from Rio's slums find a wallet in amongst the daily detritus of their local dump, little do they imagine that their lives are about to change forever. But when the local police show up, offering a handsome reward for the wallet's return, the boys, Rafael and Gardo, realize that what they've found must be important. Written by Universal Pictures

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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

9 October 2015 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Desechos y esperanza  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$10,230 (USA) (9 October 2015)


$10,230 (USA) (9 October 2015)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Andy Mulligan's novel 'Trash' is based on the work of the Philippine Community Fund. See more »

Crazy Credits

During the opening Universal logo animation, the lights of some Brasilian cities are visible longer than the rest of the cities of the world. See more »


Featured in Film 2016: Episode #44.3 (2015) See more »


Dying Soul
From the Motion Picture "The Host"
Written and Performed by Antonio Pinto
Courtesy Atlantic Composers Limited
Administrated by Copyright Administration Services Limited
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Trash has it all!
4 December 2014 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

When I saw the trailer of this movie it did not appeal to me. The movie seemed like a common Hollywood action movie, but after seeing it I know that this movie has a lot to offer. The story begins when Raphael (at the age of 14) finds a wallet in the garbage and shows it to his two friends. Once the boys find out how much the wallet is wanted by the police they decide to unravel the mystery behind it, using clues from the wallet. What follows is a fascinating journey full of action, humor and drama through the slums of Rio de Janeiro. You see the raw side of the city, it feels like you are there. Also the music puts you in the right vibe. The solidarity, perseverance and the struggle to achieve justice, gives you a real connection with the three boys. Slowly all the pieces fit together while it builds up to a thrilling end. This movie seems to have a clear message to give. It makes you think about justice and well-being, but at the same time it is an easy watching feel good movie. This movie has it all!

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