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The Sandpit Generals (1971)

Inspired by the classic novel by Brazilian cultural icon Jorge Amado, this is the story of a gang of homeless children lead by Pedro Bala. Set in Bahia, the film follows the adventures of ... See full summary »


Hall Bartlett


Jorge Amado (novel), Jorge Amado (story) | 1 more credit »
1 nomination. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Juarez Santalvo Juarez Santalvo
Freddie Gedeon Freddie Gedeon ... Almiro
Ademir Da Silva Ademir Da Silva ... Big John
Guilherme Lamounier Guilherme Lamounier ... The Cat
Eliana Pittman Eliana Pittman ... Dalvah
Dorival Caymmi Dorival Caymmi ... John Adam
Peter Nielsen Peter Nielsen ... Lollipop
Mark De Vries Mark De Vries ... Dry Turn
Butch Patrick ... No Legs
John Rubinstein ... Professor
Tisha Sterling ... Dora
Kent Lane Kent Lane ... Bullet
Alejandro Rey ... Fr. Jose Pedro
Aloysio Oliveira Aloysio Oliveira ... Chancellor
Lorrene Baker Lorrene Baker


Inspired by the classic novel by Brazilian cultural icon Jorge Amado, this is the story of a gang of homeless children lead by Pedro Bala. Set in Bahia, the film follows the adventures of Bala's gang of under aged outlaws as they steal, rape, find love, "capoeira" (a Brazilian form of martial arts) and African-Brazilian religion. Written by Cristian "Albator" Redferne <Harlock@prodigy.com>

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Their Law Is Lust! Their God Is Violence! Their Prayer Is A Four Letter Word! See more »


Action | Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

August 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Wild Pack See more »

Filming Locations:

Bahia, Brazil

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hall Bartlett Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The plural "Generals" is most likely incorrect. Have never found advertising other than singular "The Sandpit General". Distributed by AIP under the title "The Wild Pack", with runs in San Francisco in October 1972 and Chicago (January 5, 1973). Under the title "The Sandpit General", opened in Minneapolis November 14, 1975 and not distributed by AIP (perhaps self-distributed by Hall Bartlett?) Re-titling to "The Defiant" occurred in 1985. See more »


Version of Capitães da Areia (1989) See more »


Sing with Me
Music and Lyrics by Guilherme Lamounier
special music sung by The Girls from Bahia and Oscar Castro-Neves
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Lost but not forgotten
26 November 2006 | by G_a_l_i_n_aSee all my reviews

For a long time I have wanted to write about this movie but yonic has said everything I would. We both lived in the former Soviet Union when the movie was released there after it had been submitted for the competition at Moscow Film Festival. It seems that he and I could've been in the same theater sitting next to each other, living, loving, hoping, hating, praying, fighting, suffering, trying to survive and dying together with the sandpit generals, the gang of children - outlaws in Bahia, Brazil. Based on the novel by great Jorge Amado, "The Sandpit Generals" is a wonderful and unjustly forgotten movie with the song that would simply take you out of this world. Made decades before "City of God", "The Sandpit Generals" is more compelling, heartbreaking, and harrowing movie that I would place close to Bunuel's "Los Olvidados" and this is the best I could say about any movie that describes the World of the Young and Damned.

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