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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?)

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Drama | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Dr. Drauzio Varella wrote the original book at the encouragement of a patient he was treating for lymphatic cancer. That very patient happened to be Hector Babenco, who recovered and went on to direct the film adaptation. See more »

Goofs

The inmate kissing the posterior of Rita Cadillac during her performance is wearing a jersey for the Carolina Panthers, an American (NFL) Football team. That franchise hadn't even been granted yet in 1992 and thus didn't have a name, logo, or uniform design. 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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Referenced in A Dona da História (2004) See more »

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Homem Pássaro
Written by Hyldon and Alex Malheiros
Performed by Hyldon
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Babenco caught the hard sadness of prison life in 'Carandiru.'
9 July 2004 | by jdesandoSee all my reviews

'Carandiru' is a mess, not just the blood flowing over the steps of the infamous São Paulo prison that was razed after a prisoner riot and slaughter in 1992. In 145 minutes, Hector Babenco ('Pixote,' 'Kiss of the Spider Woman') has too many episodes about different inmates that only tangentially and sometimes superficially relate to the central subject of AIDS prevention; frequently they are standard flashbacks to what the prisoners did to merit incarceration. A secondary and successful purpose is to reveal a highly structured prisoner society where justice is swift and not always wrong, where the only mistake is to give in to the civilian authority, at which point any freedoms are lost. Despite the crowded and unsanitary conditions, inmates are usually safer and healthier inside rather than out. The story is told mainly from a prison doctor's point of view as he interviews the inmates for AIDS screening and hears about their lives. Although he is way too happy in his work, he represents a humanistic attitude lacking in the prison officials and the world outside. Homosexuality, while appropriate for any prison tale, seems to dominate the entire long movie (145 minutes) and throw into relief the director/ writer's interest in the subject that began at least in 'Kiss.' One of the most affecting scenes is the marriage of a devoted, physically mismatched couple and the subsequent attempt by the smaller 'husband' to protect his bride. Babenco and the actors manage to relay dignity and gravity in a situation that could be laughable if not at least clichéd. Babenco was inspired to write this screenplay by a doctor who saved his life, a doctor who wrote about his experiences in this prison in 'Carandiru Station.' Although HBO's 'Oz' prison series was more insightful, no account could be as loving and socially concerned. Famous prisoner Oscar Wilde wrote in 'De Profundis,' 'A day in prison on which one does not weep is a day on which one's heart is hard, not a day on which one's heart is happy.' Babenco caught the hard sadness of prison life in 'Carandiru.'


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