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Pixote (1981)

Pixote: A Lei do Mais Fraco (original title)
The life of a boy in the streets of Sao Paulo, involved with crimes, prostitution and drugs.

Director:

Hector Babenco

Writers:

Hector Babenco (story), Jorge Durán (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Fernando Ramos da Silva Fernando Ramos da Silva ... Pixote
Jorge Julião Jorge Julião ... Lilica
Gilberto Moura Gilberto Moura ... Dito
Edilson Lino Edilson Lino ... Chico
Zenildo Oliveira Santos Zenildo Oliveira Santos ... Fumaça
Claudio Bernardo Claudio Bernardo ... Garatao
Israel Feres David Israel Feres David ... Roberto Pie de Plata
Jose Nilson Martin Dos Santos Jose Nilson Martin Dos Santos ... Diego
Marília Pêra ... Sueli
Jardel Filho ... Sapatos Brancos
Rubens de Falco ... Juiz
Elke Maravilha Elke Maravilha ... Debora
Tony Tornado Tony Tornado ... Cristal
Beatriz Segall ... Widower
João José Pompeo João José Pompeo ... Almir (as Joáo José Pompeu)
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Storyline

Pixote, a 10-year-old runaway boy, is arrested on the streets of Sao Paulo during a police round-up homeless people. Pixote endures torture, degradation and corruption at a local youth detention center where two of the runaways are murdered by policemen who frame Lilica, a 17-year-old transvesite hustler. Pixote helps Lilica and three other boys escape where they make their living by the life of crime which only escalates to more violence and death. Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

Brazil

Language:

Portuguese

Release Date:

18 September 1981 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

Pixote See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Embrafilme, HB Filmes See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to one of the casting directors, after auditioning more than 3000 kids for the main role, Fernando Ramos da Silva was selected to the final competition with another child actor, a more experienced kid who already had some TV commercials on his resume. Fernando, a non-professional actor who had brief acting lessons prior to the film, was the one chosen by director Hector Babenco due to his expressive sad eyes that seemed to reflect a "bad angel". See more »

Alternate Versions

All UK versions were cut by 27 secs under the 1978 Protection of Children Act. The scene removed was a panning shot showing Pixote on a bed alongside a couple having sex. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Quem Matou Pixote? (1996) See more »

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Based on the book by the same name
23 June 2004 | by roetingerSee all my reviews

When I was living in Brazil, the first book I read in Portuguese was Pixote: infancia dos mortos, which was the first and most famous novel written by Jose Louzeiro in 1977. When I discovered there was a movie, I had to see it.

It's been about 5 years since I read the book and I may have misunderstood many things since my Portuguese is not fluent, but I believe that the story in the movie is not at all the same story in the book.

The names of the characters are all the same and some of the events are similar. In the book, the story primarily focuses on the kids' lives engaged in crime around the city selling drugs for Crystal. In contrast to the movie, in the book they spend very little time in the boys reformatory, Fumaca is with them throughout much of the book, and in the end the boys get major revenge on the police.

The book and the film are equally disturbing portrayals of Brazil's street children. I'm not sure if the book is available in English.


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