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Quilombo (1984)

Palmares is a 17th-century quilombo, a settlement of escaped slaves in northeast Brazil. In 1650, plantation slaves revolt and head for the mountains where they find others led by the aged ... See full summary »


Carlos Diegues
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Bené Batista Bené Batista ... Ibualama / Xangô
Jonas Bloch Jonas Bloch ... Samuel
Zózimo Bulbul Zózimo Bulbul ... Stone Man
Emmanuel Cavalcanti Emmanuel Cavalcanti ... Lins
Arduíno Colassanti Arduíno Colassanti ... Blaer
Jorge Coutinho Jorge Coutinho ... Salé
Babaú da Mangueira Babaú da Mangueira
Roberto de Cleto Roberto de Cleto ... Father Mello
Aniceto do Império Aniceto do Império
Maurício do Valle Maurício do Valle ... Dominingos Jorge Velho
Chico Díaz ... Anunciação
Sabrina Fidalgo Sabrina Fidalgo
Daniel Filho ... Fernão Carrilho
Jorge Fino Jorge Fino ... Iabu
Vera Fischer ... Ana de Ferro


Palmares is a 17th-century quilombo, a settlement of escaped slaves in northeast Brazil. In 1650, plantation slaves revolt and head for the mountains where they find others led by the aged seer, Acotirene. She anoints one who becomes Ganga Zumba, a legendary king. For years, his warriors hold off Portuguese raiders; then he agrees to leave the mountains in exchange for reservation land and peace. It's a mistake. Zumbi, a warrior whose mother was killed by Portuguese and who spent 15 years with the Whites, stays in the mountains to lead Palmares. In 1694, the Portuguese import a ruthless captain from São Paulo to lead an assault on the free Blacks. Can Zumbi keep Palmares free? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Release Date:

28 March 1986 (USA) See more »

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CDK, Embrafilme, Gaumont See more »
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(at around 1h52:07) Towards the end of the film, Zumbi tells Camuanga that there is breadfruit nearby. Impossible: this scene takes place in 1694, but breadfruit was not introduced to the New World (from Polynesia, by Capt. Bligh) until nearly a century later, in 1791. See more »

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An exuberant film
5 June 2006 | by mjhrSee all my reviews

A very fun, vibrant, exciting, and moving tale of escaped slaves setting up their own community. Like all of Diegues films, it's not meant to be precisely accurate - and if you're hoping for a Hollywood budget and historical verisimilitude you won't find them here. What you will find is a passion for film making, and a passion for a great story, and some joyful, exuberant acting. The use of music is excellent, the sounds chosen to evoke the present. The use of color is wonderful, like watching a Mardi gras parade in Rio. The camera work is fluid and the framing busy yet focused. The sort of film you want to watch immediately again to catch all the action in the frame you didn't see the first go through.

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