8.3/10
2,129
11 user 8 critic

The Given Word (1962)

O Pagador de Promessas (original title)
A simple yet devout Christian makes a vow to Saint Barbara after she saves his donkey, but everyone he meets seems determined to misunderstand his intentions. Will he be able to keep his promise in the end?

Director:

Anselmo Duarte

Writers:

Anselmo Duarte (screenplay), Dias Gomes (based on a play by) | 1 more credit »
Reviews
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Barren Lives (1963)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A poor family in the Northeast of Brazil (Fabiano, the father; Sinhá Vitória, the mother; their 2 children and a dog called Baleia) wander about the barren land searching for a better place... See full summary »

Director: Nelson Pereira dos Santos
Stars: Átila Iório, Maria Ribeiro, Orlando Macedo
Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The story of a famous Brazilian criminal, called The Red Light Bandit because he always used a red flashlight to break in the houses during the night. Working alone, he also used to rape his female victims.

Director: Rogério Sganzerla
Stars: Helena Ignez, Paulo Villaça, Pagano Sobrinho
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

Eduardo Coutinho was filming a movie with the same name in the Northeast of Brazil, in 1964, when there came the military coup. He had to interrupt the project, and came back to it in 1981,... See full summary »

Director: Eduardo Coutinho
Stars: Eduardo Coutinho, Tite de Lemos, Ferreira Gullar
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Eldorado, a fictitious country in Latin America, is sparkling with the internal struggle for political power. In the eye of this social convulsion, the jaded journalist Paulo Martins ... See full summary »

Director: Glauber Rocha
Stars: Jardel Filho, Paulo Autran, José Lewgoy
Adventure | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Fictionalized account of the adventures of hired gunman Antonio das Mortes, set against the real life last days of rural banditism. The movie follows Antonio as he witnesses the descent of ... See full summary »

Director: Glauber Rocha
Stars: Geraldo Del Rey, Yoná Magalhães, Othon Bastos
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Union leader's son doesn't want to engage in a strike, because his wife is pregnant, thus disregarding his father's tradition of political activism.

Director: Leon Hirszman
Stars: Gianfrancesco Guarnieri, Fernanda Montenegro, Carlos Alberto Riccelli
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A man lives in conflict as he deals with his friends and love interests against the backdrop of São Paulo.

Director: Luiz Sérgio Person
Stars: Ana Esmeralda, Eva Wilma, Otelo Zeloni
Rio 40 Graus (1955)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A semi-documentary on the people of Rio de Janeiro. The camera follows boys from a hillside shanty town who sell peanuts at Copacabana, Sugar Loaf Mountain, and a soccer game. Various ... See full summary »

Director: Nelson Pereira dos Santos
Stars: Modesto De Souza, Roberto Bataglin, Jece Valadão
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Brazilian baroque. The young son that ran from his dominant family, descends into decadence and then returns to the nest. With melodramatic themes of tyrannical fathers, incest, fierce ... See full summary »

Director: Luiz Fernando Carvalho
Stars: Selton Mello, Raul Cortez, Juliana Carneiro da Cunha
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

In a small city of Brazil, a woman named Flor marries a man named Vadinho, but once married she finds that he is a good-for-nothing. She works teaching cooking and he takes all of her money... See full summary »

Director: Bruno Barreto
Stars: Sônia Braga, José Wilker, Mauro Mendonça
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Period piece about a Brazil that is no more. This movie is the sequel to "God and the Devil in the Land of the Sun" (Deus e o diabo na terra do sol), and takes place 29 years after Antonio ... See full summary »

Director: Glauber Rocha
Stars: Maurício do Valle, Odete Lara, Othon Bastos
Pixote (1981)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

The life of a boy in the streets of Sao Paulo, involved with crimes, prostitution and drugs.

Director: Hector Babenco
Stars: Fernando Ramos da Silva, Jorge Julião, Gilberto Moura
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Leonardo Villar Leonardo Villar ... Zé do Burro / Donkey Jack (as Leonardo Vilar)
Glória Menezes ... Rosa
Dionísio Azevedo ... Olavo, the Priest
Geraldo Del Rey ... Bonitão / Handsome
Roberto Ferreira Roberto Ferreira ... Dede
Norma Bengell ... Marly, the Prostitute
Othon Bastos Othon Bastos ... Reporter
Antonio Pitanga Antonio Pitanga ... Coca, the Capoeira Fighter (as Antonio L. Sampaio)
Gilberto Marques Gilberto Marques ... The Galicean
Milton Gaucho Milton Gaucho ... Police Officer
Enoch Torres Enoch Torres ... Police Inspector
Carlos Torres Carlos Torres ... Coca's Friend
João Di Sordi João Di Sordi ... Police Detective (as João Desordi)
Veveldo Diniz Veveldo Diniz ... Sexton (as Velvedo Diniz)
Maria Conceição Maria Conceição ... Auntie
Edit

Storyline

Zé-do-Burro has only one worldly possession, his donkey, that he named Nicolas and considers to have a sole like himself, a law abiding Christian just a trifle naive. During a tempest, Nicolas is seriously wounded, and Zé-do-Burro, out of despair, makes a promise: to carry a cross as large as Christ's, to the altar of Saint Barbara - the nearest being in the city of Bahia. He vows to do so in a Candomblé session, dedicated to the goddess Yansan - that in the popular belief corresponds to that Christian saint. Nicolas fully recovers from his illness, and Zé-do-Burro produces a large cross with his own hands and tools, and then carries it on foot to Bahia, accompanied by his wife, Rosa. He has to stay by the church's closed door, and the only person who comes to meet them is Bonitão, the local pimp, who offers to take Rosa to a pension while Zé-do-Burro keeps his promise of staying by the cross. Next morning, the priest is surprised but satisfied with the faith shown by Zé-do-Burro - ... Written by Artemis-9

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

cross | church | priest | reporter | brazil | See All (15) »

Taglines:

The story of a vow that a woman broke and a man kept.

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Brazil

Language:

Portuguese

Release Date:

1 June 1962 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Payer of Promises See more »

Filming Locations:

Salvador, Bahia, Brazil

Company Credits

Production Co:

Cinedistri See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Film debut of Othon Bastos. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A must see movie!
4 October 2014 | by Bento de EspinosaSee all my reviews

A shame such an important movie has no poster here on IMDb. I wanted to add the one that is used on Wikipedia, but I would have to pay to do that. Strange.

Anyway, if you are critical of religion fanaticism, then you must see this movie! It shows what can become of fanatic people, how lack of education plays an important role in it, the arrogance of the church and the hypocrisy of our society.

Zé do Burro (Joe of the Donkey) has a soul of a child. He is a good guy, but extremely naive at the same time. His naivety is shamelessly exploited and people cruelly distort his good intentions, making an evil person out of him, when all he wanted was to do good.

The movie won the Golden Palm in Cannes and other prizes. It's a classic. Dialogs are a bit theatrical (only if you understand Portuguese), but so they used to be that time. A movie that will get under your skin.


3 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 11 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed