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Four Days in September (1997)

O Que é Isso, Companheiro? (original title)
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Fernando, a journalist, and his friend César join terrorist group MR8 in order to fight Brazilian dictatorial regime during the late sixties. Cesare, however, is wounded and captured during... See full summary »

Director:

Bruno Barreto

Writers:

Fernando Gabeira (novel), Leopoldo Serran
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Arkin ... Charles Burke Elbrick
Fernanda Torres ... Maria
Pedro Cardoso Pedro Cardoso ... Fernando Gabeira / Paulo
Luiz Fernando Guimarães Luiz Fernando Guimarães ... Marcão
Cláudia Abreu Cláudia Abreu ... Reneé
Nelson Dantas Nelson Dantas ... Toledo
Matheus Nachtergaele Matheus Nachtergaele ... Jonas
Marco Ricca Marco Ricca ... Henrique
Maurício Gonçalves Maurício Gonçalves ... Brandão
Caio Junqueira Caio Junqueira ... Julio
Selton Mello ... Oswaldo
Eduardo Moscovis ... Artur
Caroline Kava ... Elvira Elbrick
Fisher Stevens ... Mowinkel
Fernanda Montenegro ... Dona Margarida
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Storyline

Fernando, a journalist, and his friend César join terrorist group MR8 in order to fight Brazilian dictatorial regime during the late sixties. Cesare, however, is wounded and captured during a bank hold up. Fernando then decides to kidnap the American ambassador in Brazil and ask for the release of fifteen political prisoners in exchange for his life. Written by Salvatore Santangelo <pappagone2@libero.it>

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Their goal: freedom. Their only hope: an international incident. Their target: the American ambassador.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some language and violence | See all certifications »
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Details

Official Sites:

Miramax

Country:

Brazil | USA

Language:

Portuguese | English

Release Date:

30 January 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Four Days in September See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$32,017, 1 February 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$310,724, 22 February 1998
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Caio Junqueira, Fernanda Montenegro and Matheus Nachtergaele were reunited in Central Station (1998), a film which also received an Oscar nomination as Best Foreign Language Film just like this one. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 16 mins) Shortly before 8:30 PM on the final day, late in the countdown to 10:00 PM, Maria's watch clearly shows the hands at approximately 9:32. See more »

Quotes

[about Maria, the leader of MR-8]
Fernando Gabeira: She either wants to fuck me or fuck me over.
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Connections

Referenced in Casseta & Planeta: A Taça do Mundo É Nossa (2003) See more »

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Madalena foi pro mar
Written by Chico Buarque
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Gripping, suspenseful, real.
15 February 2001 | by George ParkerSee all my reviews

"Four Days in September" examines the 1969 politically motivated kidnapping of the U.S. ambassador to Brazil. The Oscar nominated film is a realistic and believable dissection of the short lived international incident perpetrated by a small group of leftist extremists opposed to Brazil's military dictatorship. Unlike most such films, "Four Days..." puts a realistic and human face on all sides; the police, the rebels, and the American diplomat played by Arkin. A captivating, suspenseful drama in Portugese and English languages for realists.


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