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April Captains (2000)

Capitães de Abril (original title)
Story of the 1974 coup that overthrew the right-wing Portuguese dictatorship--which continued the fascist policies of long-time dictator Antonio Salazar--and of two young army captains who were involved in it.

Director:

Maria de Medeiros

Writers:

Maria de Medeiros, Ève Deboise (as Eve Deboise)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stefano Accorsi ... Maia
Maria de Medeiros ... Antónia
Joaquim de Almeida ... Gervásio
Frédéric Pierrot ... Manuel
Fele Martínez ... Lobão
Manuel João Vieira Manuel João Vieira ... Fonseca
Marcantonio Del Carlo Marcantonio Del Carlo ... Silva
Emmanuel Salinger Emmanuel Salinger ... Botelho
Rita Durão ... Rosa
Manuel Manquiña ... Gabriel
Duarte Guimarães Duarte Guimarães ... Daniel
Manuel Lobão Manuel Lobão ... Fernandes
Luís Miguel Cintra Luís Miguel Cintra ... Brigadier Pais
Joaquim Leitão Joaquim Leitão ... Filipe
Canto e Castro Canto e Castro ... Salieri
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Story of the 1974 coup that overthrew the right-wing Portuguese dictatorship--which continued the fascist policies of long-time dictator Antonio Salazar--and of two young army captains who were involved in it.

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Há momentos em que a única solução é desobedecer.

Genres:

Drama | History | War

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Portugal | Spain | Italy | France

Language:

Portuguese

Release Date:

21 April 2000 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

April Captains See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

FRF 30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

€27,334 (Italy), 13 January 2002, Limited Release
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Captain Salgueiro Maia, portrayed in the film, was born in 1944 and died of cancer in 1992. He was one of the Portuguese heroes of the revolution. It was he who forced the goverment to resign and it was in great part due his intelligence and common sense that it was possible to have a "bloodless revolution" that ended 48 years of dictatorship. He wasn't promoted (nor did he ever seek any kind of promotions or fame or power) and was for some time forgotten. Eventually he was honored with two streets in Santarém and Castelo de Vide (where he was born and where he is buried) that now bear his name. Also in Santarém stands a statue of Captain Salgueiro. In Lisbon, in Largo do Carmo, where he stood with a megaphone and his troops and hundreds of civilians crying "Victory," forcing the govement to resign, there is a inscription to him written on the ground. It says: "To Salgueiro Maia, remembering the 25th of April 1974. Homage made by the city of Lisbon, 1992." See more »

Goofs

The officer of the day at Escola Prática de Cavalaria, Liutenent Lobão, doesn't wear the red band at his left arm that all all officers of the day must wear to identify them as such. See more »

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Referenced in Entre deux inconnus (2015) See more »

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Grândola, vila morena
Written and Performed by José Afonso
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A Portuguese film, just like the ones I used to dream of...
27 August 2002 | by jnvalenteSee all my reviews

Being half-portuguese doesn't render me half-blind (nor half-prejudiced) when discussing portuguese films. Not that I get to do that very often anyway. But this film was such a rush of adrenaline! Yes, that's right - it was mostly accurate as far as history went/goes - but it pulled no punches on venturing beyond usual portuguese-film territory: things like using real locations in the middle of traffic-congested Lisbon and recruiting a real crowd to stand in for the real crowd of almost 30 years ago. And by God did they get it right! OK, to sum it up: very emotional if you've lived through it, but you'll spot minor improvements that could have been made as well as plot necessities that were. If you're just watching it randomly, you're in for a good historical romp, only of the very recent History kind and a bit more thought-proving than usual. Even by European standards, yes.


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