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The Burning Season: The Chico Mendes Story (1994)

The Burning Season (original title)
Based on the true story of a Brazilian rubber tapper who leads his people in protest against government and developers, who want to cut down their part of the rainforest for a new road and ... See full summary »

Director:

John Frankenheimer

Writers:

Andrew Revkin (novel), William Mastrosimone (story) | 3 more credits »
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Won 3 Golden Globes. Another 7 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Raul Julia ... Chico Mendes
Carmen Argenziano ... Alfredo Sezero
Sônia Braga ... Regina de Carvalho (as Sonia Braga)
Kamala Lopez ... Ilzamar (as Kamela Dawson)
Luis Guzmán ... Estate Boss
Nigel Havers ... Steven Kaye
Tomas Milian ... Darli Alves
Esai Morales ... Jair
Edward James Olmos ... Wilson Pinheiro
Tony Plana ... Galvao
Marco Rodríguez ... Tavora
Carlos Carrasco ... Helio
Jonathan Carrasco Jonathan Carrasco ... Genesio
Jeffrey Licon ... Young Chico Mendes
José Pérez José Pérez ... Moacir
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Storyline

Based on the true story of a Brazilian rubber tapper who leads his people in protest against government and developers, who want to cut down their part of the rainforest for a new road and ranch land. The rich and the powerful will stop at nothing, and frequently resort to murder. Written by Rob Hartill

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Genres:

Biography | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA | Mexico

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 September 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Burning Season: The Chico Mendes Story See more »

Filming Locations:

Mexico

Company Credits

Production Co:

HBO Films See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Tony Plana and Tomas Milian previously appeared in JFK (1991). See more »

Goofs

During the scene of Wilson Pinheiro's execution, the characters are watching a well-known moment from the TV series Vale Tudo. This wouldn't be possible since this series would only be released in 1988 while Pinheiro was killed in 1980. See more »

Quotes

Chico Mendes: Wilson Pinheiro is dead! I said Wilson Pinheiro is dead! They shot him in the union office. The bastards shot him in his chair. This is Chico Mendes, calling all the people from Cachoeira. They said they were going to kill him and they did it. Don't fight back! That's what they want.
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Connections

Referenced in Rubber Jungle (1994) See more »

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A good film cheapened by nudity
24 February 2002 | by leftyrightsSee all my reviews

While the acting and cinematography were very good, I feel the quality of this movie was much diminished by a completely gratuitous sex scene. I would warn environmental educators or student activists against showing this movie, for there is full frontal nudity that adds absolutely nothing to the plot or character development. The director should be faulted, I believe, for deciding to include this scene, but otherwise the cast and story were engaging and well done. In short, be advised that its "not rated" rating doesn't begin to address the almost pornographic nudity--but still see this movie to learn more about an important environmental activist.


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