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Four Days in September (1997)

O Que é Isso, Companheiro? (original title)
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Brazillian urban guerrilla fighters kidnap the American Ambassador. Now, the diplomat's life hangs in the balance - helplessly caught between a government unwilling to cooperate - and his fear of the captors themselves.

Director:

Bruno Barreto

Writers:

Fernando Gabeira (novel), Leopoldo Serran
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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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.


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Rated R for some language and violence | See all certifications »
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The film cast includes two Oscar winners: Alan Arkin and Fisher Stevens; and one Oscar nominee: Fernanda Montenegro. 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

Featured in 1964: O Brasil Entre Armas e Livros (2019) See more »

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Madalena foi pro mar
Written by Chico Buarque
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Thank my lucky horseshoe
7 February 2003 | by vvanpoSee all my reviews

The year is 1969. Brazil is under a brutal military dictatorship. Political prisoners are being held and tortured. In order to get the junta to free some of their comrades, a group of ragtag "revolutionaries" kidnap the U.S. Ambassabor and threaten his life unless their demands are met.

Well-written and tense, the film ably demonstrates the flaws of people trying to fight fire with fire: "an eye for and eye". Alan Arkin is wonderful as the ambassador. His character gives incisive psychological sketches of his kidnappers: fervent and brooding; yearning and lost.

Fernanda Torres and Pedro Cardoso are marvelous as comrades who become lovers by their admittance of how really scared they are.

My subject line refers to a line in the script that aptly describes the bending of the political spectrum at its ends. I'm glad I found this movie.


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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

Gross USA:

$397,517

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$397,517
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Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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