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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 »

Soundtracks

Grândola, vila morena
Written and Performed by José Afonso
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A beautiful film for a beautiful historical event
24 January 2016 | by guisreisSee all my reviews

Carnation Revolution is one of the most beautiful chapters of World History in the XXth century and Portuguese movie "April Captains"matches it. Maria de Medeiros's movie is beautifully filmed. Cinematography is amazing, with great frames, both aesthetically and creatively. Besides a brutal opening and some other violent situations such as the one inside the public bathroom and a "Full Metal Jacket"-style scene, there are also many funny moments. Off course one cannot help but becoming touched as people are shown supporting freedom. The image of people putting carnation flowers in the barrel of the guns, which gave the name to the revolution, is also shown. "Grândola Vila Morena" song was an anthem for revolutionaries and it is heard many times during the whole film. Italian actor Stefano Accorsi and French actor Frédéric Pierrot are great in the leading roles. Both for its content and for its artistic realization, "Capitães de Abril" is a film to make all the Portuguese people proud.


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