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Subway to the Stars (1987)

Um Trem para as Estrelas (original title)
The young Vinicius is a young saxophone player, from Rio's poor suburbs, facing an uncertain but perhaps promising future. One day his girlfriend suddenly disappears after a night of love ... See full summary »


Carlos Diegues, Tereza Gonzalez (co-director)
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Credited cast:
Guilherme Fontes ... Vinicius
Milton Gonçalves ... Freitas
Taumaturgo Ferreira Taumaturgo Ferreira ... Dream
Ana Beatriz Wiltgen Ana Beatriz Wiltgen ... Nicinha
Zé Trindade Zé Trindade ... Oliveira
Míriam Pires Míriam Pires ... Mrs.Oliveira
José Wilker ... Teacher
Betty Faria ... Camila
Daniel Filho ... Brito
Tania Boscoli Tania Boscoli ... Bel
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dinorah Brillanti Dinorah Brillanti ... Dream's Mother
Yolanda Cardoso Yolanda Cardoso ... Santinha's Aunt
Cazuza Cazuza ... Himself
Fausto Fawcett Fausto Fawcett ... Singer at the club
Jorge Fino Jorge Fino ... Gigante


The young Vinicius is a young saxophone player, from Rio's poor suburbs, facing an uncertain but perhaps promising future. One day his girlfriend suddenly disappears after a night of love under the stars. Day and night, often on the 'Trem' (Rio's subway lines), others with the help of a Detective and his sources, Vinicius discovers the city's underbelly: its low-lives, its victims, its most eccentric characters, and milieus. Written by carioca-6

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24 February 1988 (France) See more »

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Possibly the best Brazilian social drama of the mid & late 80s
25 December 2000 | by berlinkubanerSee all my reviews

This Brazilian French co production from 1987 is one of the masterpieces from acclaimed director Carlos Diegues (BYE, BYE BRAZIL, ORFEU). This may be the best film of his long career, and definitely the best, or one of the best Brazilian dramas of the mid and late 1980s. Brazil made the transition to a democracy in the mid 80s, and this movie explores that transition well, though it's not its central theme by any means. This film is really a social drama about a struggling saxophone player from the suburbs. As a result of his girl friend's disappearance, his ride (he takes a lot of trains, the metro system) through Rio exposes him to things which make him lose his theretofore relative innocence. As such, the film is a fascinating trip through Rio's (mostly under-) world. Cameos/small roles by some of Brazil's best actors enhance the experience, as well as the poignant performances by the young people inhabiting the film. Long available in PAL, it is now also available on NTSC. So the American market, and others on that system can see it. That is those who didn't see it back in 1987 & 88. It did get a pretty wide release as an art film everywhere, I remember. I first saw it then. But now, 13 years later, it is especially appealing to Brazil watchers, as one sees how much has changed there, and how much remains the same. The movie features a great soundtrack by Gilberto Gil, and a couple of performances by famed Brazilian Rock Artist, Cazuza, who died of AIDS, a few years after the film was made.

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