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Cangaceiro (1953)

O Cangaceiro (original title)
Approved | | Action, Drama, History | 3 September 1954 (USA)
'Capitão', a bandit, terrorizes poor villages in the Northeast region of Brazil, looting and frequently killing with his armed gang, until he kidnaps and becomes attracted to a beautiful schoolteacher, creating discord in his group.


Lima Barreto


Lima Barreto (story), Lima Barreto (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »




Credited cast:
Alberto Ruschel Alberto Ruschel ... Teodoro
Marisa Prado Marisa Prado ... Olívia
Milton Ribeiro Milton Ribeiro ... Capitão Galdino Ferreira
Vanja Orico Vanja Orico ... Maria Clódia
Adoniran Barbosa ... Mané Mole
Ricardo Campos Ricardo Campos
Neusa Veras Neusa Veras
Zé do Norte Zé do Norte
Jesuíno G. dos Santos Jesuíno G. dos Santos ... (as Jesuíno)
Maria Luiza Splendore Maria Luiza Splendore ... (as Maria Luiza)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Antonio V. Almeida Antonio V. Almeida
Heitor Barnabé Heitor Barnabé
Lima Barreto Lima Barreto
Dan Camara Dan Camara
Horácio Camargo Horácio Camargo
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First Brazilian film to win the award for Best Adventure Film and to receive a special mention for musical composition at the 1953 Cannes Film Festival. See more »


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Mulher Rendeira
Written by Lampião and adapted by Zé do Norte
Performed by Vanja Orico
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An opus of Eisensteinian dimensions
22 August 2009 | by elmar5See all my reviews

I saw this movie as an adolescent in the 60es just once on TV, but it still is one of only a handful which surface at least once every five years. As other reviewers have pointed out before, the great music by Zé do Norte was a major factor for this memorability. Foremost here is the ballad "Mulher Rendeira" (The Lacemaker), especially in the unforgettable scene when the gang rides in a duck line along a ridge which is set against the dusk sky and the gloomy grandeur of the Brazilian Sertao. In their leather garments, pepped up by the symbolism of amulets and talismans, the bandidos in this movie resemble an archaic tribe living in this land of dust and thorns for eons already. The movie is filmed in black and white which is lending it a certain kind of credibility reminding of a documentary. Although presenting a different plot, Barreto's movie was obviously inspired by the fate of the most famous couple of Brazilian cangaceiros, Lampiao and his wife Maria Bonita, who were killed in 1938 with seven others of their gang by the police.

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3 September 1954 (USA) See more »

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Vera Cruz Studios See more »
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