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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 ... 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

Fernando Gabeira, now a former politician and a very famous newsman, took part in the action, was arrested and exiled. He wrote the book in which the movie is based on and he was the character of Pedro Cardoso. At the time the movie was nominated to the Oscar, he was a Federal Congressman and, in spite of everything, he was not allowed to go to USA to take part in the party because 30 years before he had taken part in the kidnapping of an American Ambassador. 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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Intelligent and exciting
22 March 2000 | by ArkaanSee all my reviews

This is a truly passionate film about young men and women who fight for ideals that they believe in.

A Brazillian rebel group has kidnapped the American ambassador for Brazil, and demands that fifteen jailed political prisoners be let free. This leads to some tense sequences with Fernando, the most intelligent and cowardly of the kidnappers, and the ambassador (played brilliantly by Alan Arkin).

This could have become a routine thriller. It isn't due to it's intelligence and passion. A very worthwhile movie.

** Even if you're turned off by the idea of subtitles, don't worry. There is a lot of English.


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