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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

Fernando Ramos da Silva was almost replaced a few days before the initial shooting due to a injured leg while playing soccer with his neighbors. Babenco insisted in delaying the shooting until he recovers. Ramos himself after two days of shooting threatened to quit the film because he was tired to film his scenes repeated times; that's when the director assured him that the only reason for those repetitions was to get the perfect shots of each scene without any errors. 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 »

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Referenced in Boyz n the Hood (1991) See more »

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Unforgettable
23 September 2002 | by givnawSee all my reviews

This is no walk in the park. I saw this when it came out, and haven't had the guts to watch it again. You will never see a more horrifyingly devastating or depressing movie. I felt like I'd been severely beaten. What kind of world are we living in when we have children who are treated worse than garbage? This is our world, what we have created, what we have allowed to happen. And I would hesitate to say that I-ME-WE are not responsible for this. Babenco made this film to wake us up, to shake us to our very core, and he succeeded. How can we be cruel, or self-indulgent, or neglectful of our children, when we see the graphic results of such behavior? He is pointing a finger of accusation at us all for doing this to the lowliest and least powerful of our society. And if you aren't doing something each day to prevent it, then you are part of the problem. I am NOT a religious fanatic, but this movie made me think about the state of my soul.


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