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Boleiros: Era Uma Vez o Futebol... (1998)

Tribute to the world of soccer in Brazil. Group of ex-soccer players gather in a bar in São Paulo to remember old stories of their prime.


Ugo Giorgetti


Ugo Giorgetti
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Credited cast:
Otávio Augusto Otávio Augusto ... Virgílio
Adriano Stuart Adriano Stuart ... Otávio
André Abujamra ... Pai Vavá
Cazé Cazé ... Radio speaker (as Cazé Peccini)
João Acaiabe João Acaiabe ... Ari
Oswaldo Campozana Oswaldo Campozana ... Tito
Rogério Cardoso ... Juiz
César Negro César Negro ... Mamamá
Flávio Migliaccio ... Naldinho
André Bicudo André Bicudo ... Caco
João Motta João Motta
Aldo Bueno Aldo Bueno ... Paulinho Majestade
Cássio Gabus Mendes ... Zé Américo
Lima Duarte ... Coach
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mariio Alexandre Mariio Alexandre


Tribute to the world of soccer in Brazil. Group of ex-soccer players gather in a bar in São Paulo to remember old stories of their prime.

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Followed by Boleiros 2: Vencedores e Vencidos (2006) See more »

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A bitter-sweet view on Brazilian football
8 September 2014 | by wysebr-823-580950See all my reviews

Several short stories go beyond the usual clichés. Nothing about memorable matches or players, unforgettable victories or miserable defeats in postcard tropical scenery - that would be easy and boring. This movie choose a different path, it is focused on secondary characters that you hardly think of but are part of the game we love, such as the referee that must assure a result, a young journalist trying to set a interview with his aged idol, a manager trying to negotiate his promising striker with a foreign team, etc. All these little stories carefully crafted, sometimes funny sometimes sad (both, most of time) in a low key approach that capture how football is deeply rooted in our lives.

For foreign viewers: probably you won't be able to grasp the subtleties of this loving display of football in Sao Paulo during the 70's and 80's. But even though this movie is way better than 99% of all sport movies you'll ever see. And watching it can magically make you feel a little more Brazilian.

PS: sorry US readers, I use "football", not "soccer"

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Release Date:

24 April 1998 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

Boleiros See more »

Filming Locations:

São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil

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