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Carandiru (2003)

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Brazilian MD Drauzio Varella starts AIDS prevention in Brazil's largest prison, Carandiru, in São Paulo, where the population is nearly double its 4,000 maximum. Doc learns from experience ... See full summary »

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Hector Babenco
13 wins & 27 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Luiz Carlos Vasconcelos ... Médico - Physician
Milton Gonçalves ... Chico
Ivan de Almeida Ivan de Almeida ... Nego Preto - Ebony
Ailton Graça Ailton Graça ... Majestade
Maria Luísa Mendonça ... Dalva
Aida Leiner ... Rosirene (as Aída Leiner)
Rodrigo Santoro ... Lady Di
Gero Camilo Gero Camilo ... Sem Chance - No Way
Lázaro Ramos ... Ezequiel
Caio Blat ... Deusdete
Wagner Moura ... Zico
Julia Ianina ... Francineide
Sabrina Greve Sabrina Greve ... Catarina
Floriano Peixoto ... Antônio Carlos
Ricardo Blat Ricardo Blat ... Claudiomiro
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Storyline

Brazilian MD Drauzio Varella starts AIDS prevention in Brazil's largest prison, Carandiru, in São Paulo, where the population is nearly double its 4,000 maximum. Doc learns from experience and mainly stories the tragic stories of hideous crimes which landed scum there and passionate dramas adding otherwise decent people. Just when he believes to leave the prisoners happy with a soccer tournament, a silly clothing line argument kick-starts a politically opportune revolt repression. Written by KGF Vissers

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Taglines:

Aqui dentro ninguém é culpado. Você acredita nisso? (Inside here nobody is guilty. Do you believe that?)

Genres:

Drama | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong bloody violence/carnage, language, sexuality and drug use | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

Brazil | Argentina | Italy

Language:

Portuguese

Release Date:

11 April 2003 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

Carandiru - A börtönlázadás See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

BRL 12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,977,227 (Brazil), 11 April 2003, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,945, 16 May 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$213,954, 15 August 2004
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The real Carandiru prison was demolished in 2002, it will be transformed into a park with arts facilities. One block (#2) was left intact to be used as a museum. The film was the last thing they used the prison before demolishing 90% of it. See more »

Goofs

When the group of Pentecostal Evangelical inmates are shown, they are joining hands praying the "Lord's Prayer". However, they are reciting the Portuguese words of the Roman Catholic version, which differs from the Protestant version in the use of pronouns and verb tenses. See more »

Quotes

Lady Di: I've come to take the test.
Médico - Physician: Please, take a seat. First, I'd like to ask you a few questions, Lady Di.
Lady Di: I've seen this movie before, doctor. I've never needed a blood transfusion and I never pierce my veins. The only drug I use is a joint now and then... when I watch TV or for a little romance.
Médico - Physician: And partners, how many?
Lady Di: Oh, about 2000.
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Connections

Version of Carandiru, Outras Histórias (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Crucificados pelo Sistema
Written by João Gordo (as João Francisco Benedan), João Carlos Molina Esteves, Jarbas Alves
Performed by Ratos de Porão (as Ratos do Porão)
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Absolutely great!
13 April 2003 | by EmerencianoSee all my reviews

As a Brazilian, I saw on TV many of the things that happened inside Carandiru, the biggest jail in Brazil and maybe the biggest in Latin America. I can clearly remember the news where we saw the police invasion and the slaughter they made there instead of stopping the prisoners rebellion

I knew this fact would be shown in Hector Babenco's film, but I could never imagine it would be so strongly illustrated. It's pure violence and the audience gets really astonished. Although it's really sad and we can't avoid being sorry for those deaths and suffering, it's impossible not to like the movie. It's excellent.

It's important to say that the invasion is not the only fact that is shown. Actually the book is based in Drauzio Varela's book. Mr. Varela is a doctor who worked in the jail helping the prisoners. The book, that is called "Estação Carandiru" (Carandiru station - because of the underground station that is nearby) is a success in Brazil.

27-year-old Rodrigo Santoro is one of the best actors we have in Brazil nowadays. His talent on Brazilian TV Series have guaranteed him good roles in films made in the country and recently he has started an international career, once he'll be in "Charlie's Angels 2". Some other good actors like Milton Gonçalves and Caio Blat add more positive points to the production. Some others, unknown up to now, showed they'll probably have much success in the future due to their talent, like Lázaro Ramos.

Argentinean Hector Babenco directed 'Carandiru' with a great sense of art, talent and made his film probably the best one of Brazilian cinema this year.

My rate 10/10


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