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Césio 137 - O Pesadelo de Goiânia (1990)

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The story behind one of the worst radiological disasters to ever happen in Brazil, in 1987.


Roberto Pires


Roberto Pires
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nelson Xavier ... Devair
Joana Fomm ... Gabriela
Paulo Betti Paulo Betti
Stepan Nercessian ... Edison
Paulo Gorgulho
Denise Milfont Denise Milfont ... Santana
Thelma Reston Thelma Reston ... (as Telma Reston)
Marcelia Cartaxo
Mallú Moraes Mallú Moraes
Venerando Ribeiro Venerando Ribeiro
Carmem Moretzsohn Carmem Moretzsohn
Ivan Marques Ivan Marques
Mauri de Castro Mauri de Castro
Josiane Oliveira Josiane Oliveira
Liege Salgado Liege Salgado




The story behind one of the worst radiological disasters to ever happen in Brazil, in 1987.

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Final film directed by Roberto Pires, himself a victim of the real tragedy his movie covered, a cancer caused by exposition to Césio 137's radiation. See more »


Santana: Radioativicty kills!
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A True Horror Story Lived by Poor and Humble Brazilians in 1987 Whose Responsible Remains Unpunished
7 September 2003 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

On 13 September 1987, two paper collectors find a heavy piece of machine made of lead and weighting about 100 kg in a abandoned field in Goiania. This area was used by a clinic. They sell this scrap to a junk shop. The blue light emanated from the Cesium stones fascinates the junkman, and he shows and gives some of them as a gift to many locals, humble and ignorant Brazilian persons living in a poor area of Goiás. We Brazilian lived and became aware of this terrible fact in 1987. A population of humble people were contaminated by Cesium 137 as showed in a dramatic way in this movie. I regret this movie be limited to the drama of some locals only. It should have gone further, showing the irresponsibility of the government and the Owners of the clinic who left this Cesium 137 without any care in a field without any protection. The lack of punishment of these responsible and their names should also be shown in this film. The screenwriter and director Roberto Pires lost the opportunity to make a masterpiece like, for example, Costa-Gravas usually presents in his movies. This fact remains as a shame in the recent Brazilian history. A shallow movie of a great and deep wound in Brazilian history. My vote is seven.

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Goiânia, Goiás, Brazil

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