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The Guns (1964)

Os Fuzis (original title)
In an extremely poor region in the Northeast of Brazil, a group of soldiers try to stop the population from sacking a food deposit.

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Ruy Guerra
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Credited cast:
Átila Iório Átila Iório ... Gaúcho
Nelson Xavier ... Mário
Maria Gladys ... Luísa
Leonidas Bayer Leonidas Bayer ... Sargento
Ivan Cândido ... 301
Paulo César Peréio Paulo César Peréio ... Pedro (as Paulo César)
Hugo Carvana Hugo Carvana ... José
Mauricio Loyola Mauricio Loyola ... Beato
Ruy Polanah Ruy Polanah ... Dono do Armazém
Joel Barcellos Joel Barcellos ... Vaqueiro com o filho morto
Antonio Pitanga Antonio Pitanga ... Voz (as Antônio Sampaio)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Maria Adélia Maria Adélia
Paulo Campos Paulo Campos
Billy Davis Billy Davis
Hugo Kusnetzoff Hugo Kusnetzoff
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Storyline

In 1963, in the village of Milagres in a very poor area of Brazil, a group of soldiers arrive to protect the store of a politician from a group of starving people. They have rifles for guarding the food and avoid the sacking by the population. One of the soldiers, completely drunken, kills a local in a dispute with his colleagues for killing a goat. The truck driver Gaúcho (Átila Iório) revolts against the passivity of a father that has just lost his little daughter, who died of starvation, and the pacific population that only prays and follows a preacher, and fights against the soldiers. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Country:

Brazil | Argentina

Language:

Portuguese

Release Date:

10 May 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Gewehre See more »

Filming Locations:

Milagres, Bahia, Brazil See more »

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Runtime:

(director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Award: Prêmio de melhor fotografia no Festival de Pesaro, 1964 - ITALY See more »

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The opening credits reads: "In memory of Miguel Torres". See more »

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A Brazilian Classic Movie of the "Cinema Novo" (New Cinema) Movement That Has Not Aged
28 April 2005 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In 1963, in the village of Milagres in a very poor area of Brazil, a group of soldiers arrive to protect the store of a politician from a group of starving people. They have rifles for guarding the food and avoid the sacking by the population. One of the soldiers, completely drunken, kills a local in a dispute with his colleagues for killing a goat. The truck driver Gaúcho (Átila Iório) revolts against the passivity of a father that has just lost his little daughter, who died of starvation, and the pacific population that only prays and follows a preacher, and fights against the soldiers.

"Os Fuzis" is a Brazilian classic movie of a movement called "Cinema Novo" (which means New Cinema). "A camera in the hand and an idea in the head" was the slogan of the Brazilian filmmakers in the 60's, and they intended to make low budget movies with social concerns and rooted in the Brazilian culture. "Vidas Secas" (1963), of Nelson Pereira dos Santos, was the first film of this movement. "Deus e o Diabo na Terra do Sol", of Glauber Rocha, and "Os Fuzis", de Rui Guerra, also belong to the first phase of this movement, and explored the rural theme, approaching basic problems of the Brazilian society, such as the poverty and bad human conditions of the peasants of the Northeast of Brazil. In 1964, with the military coup d'êtat, the "Cinema Novo" directed the story lines to the urban society. It is amazing to see that in 2005, Brazil still has the same problems in the country as showed in this movie, in greater or lesser scale, such as poor, starving, illiterate and religious people; arid lands due to the dry climate and without irrigation; abuse against these person by the police or military forces; collectivism to protect these bad authorities; corrupt politicians and inoperative and demagogic government. This film was awarded with the "Silver Bear" in Berlin Festival. My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): "Os Fuzis" ("The Rifles")


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