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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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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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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

References Black God, White Devil (1964) See more »

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Intermezzo sinfonico
from "Cavalleria rusticana"
Music by Pietro Mascagni
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A new Era
12 July 2003 | by jungpfefferSee all my reviews

After the dark era of the 1980s - when the only movies being produced locally were, to put it mildly, very erotic - the Brazilian Movie Industry struggled to regain international credibility. And, while "Carlota Joaquina" and "O Quatrilho" clearly paved the way, this is (in my opinion) the production that put Brazil back on the charts. Based on a true story, "O que É isso, Companheiro?" is brought to life by actors who are probably the best performers of the currently generation, and earned an Academy Award Nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. The most amazing aspect of this movie, however, goes unknown by international audiences: two of its main actors (Pedro Cardoso and Luiz Fernando Guimarães) achieved success, in Brazil, through their work as comedians.


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