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The Battle of Canudos (1997)

Guerra de Canudos (original title)
The drama of a poor family in the bloodiest war in the History of Brazil: the war of Canudos.

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Sergio Rezende
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Cast

Credited cast:
José Wilker ... Antônio Conselheiro
Cláudia Abreu Cláudia Abreu ... Luíza
Paulo Betti Paulo Betti ... Zé Lucena
Marieta Severo ... Penha
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tuca Andrada ... Arimatéia
Camilo Beviláqua Camilo Beviláqua ... Solano
Roberto Bomtempo Roberto Bomtempo ... Pedro
José de Abreu José de Abreu ... General Artur Oscar
Eliezer de Almeida Eliezer de Almeida ... Beatinho
Jurandir de Oliveira Jurandir de Oliveira ... Firmino
Lamartine Ferreira Lamartine Ferreira ... Quirino
Murilo Grossi Murilo Grossi ... Antonio
Dandara Guerra Dandara Guerra ... Teresa
José Marinho José Marinho ... Barão de Cocobodó
Selton Mello ... Tenente Luís
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Based on the true story of the tragic war of Canudos in the late 1890's. The newly born Republic has brought nothing but oppression and discomfort to the poor people of the rural areas of northeastern Brazil. The separation of church and state and the imposition of abusive taxes, among other measures, made this people think that the Republic was the Anti-Christ. Guided by a religious leader, Antonio "Conselheiro" (Counselor) a group of countrymen established a community where the Republic rules wouldn't bother them. But the Republic sent the Brazilian Army to destroy the settlement, starting the bloodiest war ever fought in Brazil. Written by Pedro Mir Mesejo <pedromir@codetel.net.do>

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For hundred years Brazil waits for this film.

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Drama | History | War

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Country:

Brazil

Language:

Portuguese

Release Date:

3 October 1997 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

The Battle of Canudos See more »

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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

'Sérgio Rezende' has been working with leading actor José Wilker in most of his other films, as well as producer Mariza Leão, his wife. See more »

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

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Canudos, unequal warfare
9 May 2016 | by adsqueirozSee all my reviews

It is a film based on the conflict between the state of Brazil and a group of settlers (estimated in 6000) who had established their own community in the Northeastern state of Bahia, named Canudos. There were many attempts to suppress that rebellion by the military and they were unsuccessful; the result was a tragic end that saw a devastating killing of almost 6000 miserable people who abode that village, this being the deadliest massacre in Brazil to this day. Antônio Conselheiro was a mystic spiritual preacher of those days and he peregrinated those lands preaching a doctrine, building and reforming churches through many cities and valleys around. He was very unsatisfied with the so called New Republic installed in Brazil in Deodoro da Fonseca's government. Conselheiro used to wander through villages and cities in many states in the northeast of Brazil and in 1893 he decided to put down roots in a place called Canudos, interior of the state of Bahia. Because of his announcing promises of better future and opposing strongly against the state's New Republic thousands of new residents were attracted to that area and he soon gathered around 6000 people. The film Guerra de Canudos is a well made film that portrays Conselheiro from the beginning of his journeys to his fateful end by the military who were enraged by their strong endurance. Good performances by actors Paulo Betti as Zé Lucena, José Wilker as Antonio Conselheiro and an outstanding performance by Cláudia Abreu as Luiza.


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