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City of God (2002)

Cidade de Deus (original title)
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Brazil, 1960s, City of God. The Tender Trio robs motels and gas trucks. Younger kids watch and learn well...too well. 1970s: Li'l Zé has prospered very well and owns the city. He causes ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Buscapé - Rocket
... Zé Pequeno - Li'l Zé (as Leandro Firmino da Hora)
Phellipe Haagensen ... Bené - Benny
... Dadinho - Li'l Dice
... Cabeleira - Shaggy
Matheus Nachtergaele ... Sandro Cenoura - Carrot
... Mané Galinha - Knockout Ned
Jefechander Suplino ... Alicate - Clipper
... Angélica
Emerson Gomes ... Barbantinho - Stringy
Edson Oliveira ... Barbantinho Adulto - Older Stringy
Michel Gomes ... Bené Criança - Young Benny (as Michel De Souza Gomes)
Roberta Rodrigues ... Berenice - Bernice
Luis Otávio ... Buscapé Criança - Young Rocket
Kiko Marques ... Cabeção - Melonhead (as Maurício Marques)
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Brazil, 1960s, City of God. The Tender Trio robs motels and gas trucks. Younger kids watch and learn well...too well. 1970s: Li'l Zé has prospered very well and owns the city. He causes violence and fear as he wipes out rival gangs without mercy. His best friend Bené is the only one to keep him on the good side of sanity. Rocket has watched these two gain power for years, and he wants no part of it. Yet he keeps getting swept up in the madness. All he wants to do is take pictures. 1980s: Things are out of control between the last two remaining gangs...will it ever end? Welcome to the City of God. Written by Jeff Mellinger <jeffmellinger@astound.net>

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If you run, the beast will get you. If you stay, the beast will eat you See more »

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Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong brutal violence, sexuality, drug content and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

13 February 2004 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$541,996 (Brazil), 30 August 2002, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$114,442, 19 January 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$7,563,397, 20 June 2004

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$18,062,482, 6 November 2003
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Trivia

Voted movie of the year by Empire magazine in 2003. It would be six years before another foreign-language film topped the list: Let the Right One In (2008).) See more »

Goofs

When Knockout Ned is yelling over the dead boy, the body is breathing. See more »

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[first lines]
Zé Pequeno: Whoa, the chicken ran away. Get that chicken, dude!
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Referenced in Aftershock (2012) See more »

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Preciso Me Encontrar
Written by Candeia
Performed by Cartola
BMG Music Publishing Brasil
Licensed by EMI Music Ltda
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Shocking, Stylish & Brutal Story
6 March 2006 | by See all my reviews

Wow, this is one of those different movies - meaning not run-of-mill by any means - and one of those which isn't pleasant to watch but one you might find yourself mesmerized by it.

This also is one of those "based on a true story" films which makes it even more shocking, if its mostly true. The story is of the many young (pre and early-teen) criminals inhabiting an area just outside the big city of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. It has the feel of a documentary with real-life street kids but is upgraded considerably by fantastic camera-work, some very innovative cinematography. In other words: stylish.

Make no mistake: without that stylish look, the film might be too much of a downer. The street kids are interesting but really brutal, so be prepared. I mean, how often do you see 12-year-old killers portrayed on film? The violence, language and drug use are rough in here and what a sad comment on this social problem in Brazil, a country with a huge problem with these street gangs. Overall, a very tough but fascinating film.


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