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Aniki Bóbó (1942)

The story takes place in the old streets of Porto and by the banks of the Douro River. A gang of very young kids has just accepted a new member, Carlitos, a shy boy who has "played it tough... See full summary »


Manoel de Oliveira (as Manuel de Oliveira)


Manoel de Oliveira (script) (as Manuel de Oliveira), Manoel de Oliveira (screenplay) (as Manuel de Oliveira) | 2 more credits »




Complete credited cast:
Nascimento Fernandes Nascimento Fernandes ... Shopkeeper
Vital dos Santos Vital dos Santos ... Teacher
António Palma António Palma ... Shop customer
Armando Pedro Armando Pedro ... Shop employee
Horácio Silva Horácio Silva ... Carlitos
António Santos António Santos ... Eduardo
António Soares António Soares ... Pistarim
Feliciano David Feliciano David ... Pompeu
Manuel Sousa Manuel Sousa ... 'Filófofo' (as Manuel de Sousa)
Antonio Melo Pereira Antonio Melo Pereira ... 'Batatinhas' (as António Pereira)
Rafael Mota Rafael Mota ... Rafael
Américo Botelho Américo Botelho ... 'Estrelas'
Fernanda Matos Fernanda Matos ... Terezinha


The story takes place in the old streets of Porto and by the banks of the Douro River. A gang of very young kids has just accepted a new member, Carlitos, a shy boy who has "played it tough" by stealing a doll in a shop. Carlitos soon has a crush on Terezinha, the only girl in the group. The trouble is that Eduardo, the gang boss, is also in love with the pretty girl. And he will not allow any rival to challenge him. Written by Guy Bellinger

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Drama | Family







Release Date:

18 December 1942 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

Aniki Bobo See more »


Box Office


PTE 750,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Tobis-Klangfilm)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This was Fernanda Matos' (Teresinha) only film. As an adult she worked as a nurse. See more »

Alternate Versions

The film was initially registered in a 9.5 mm copy.
  • The director's cut submitted to the Government Censorship was 2800-meters long, running at 102-minutes.
  • The censored version aproved for exhibition in 1942 was 1880-meter long, running at 68-minute.
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Featured in Olhar o Cinema Português: 1896-2006 (2007) See more »

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Magical Neorealism
11 January 2007 | by andrabemSee all my reviews

This film has something magical. I saw it a long time ago at the Museu de Arte Moderna in Rio de Janeiro and it remained stuck in my memory. I remember the scenes of poor children playing in the streets of Porto (Portugal), there are little games and love and sometimes a song underlines some scenes (if I remember it right). It's about innocence (not innocence the way Hollywood sees it) and life melding harmoniously together. I could see "Aniki Bobó" only once and I would really like to see it again. There are no VHS or DVD copies released and that's a shame.

It's Portuguese neorealism with subtle surreal and fantasy bits. A real masterpiece. Please, someone release this film on DVD.

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