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City of God ()

Cidade de Deus (original title)
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In the slums of Rio, two kids' paths diverge as one struggles to become a photographer and the other a kingpin.

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  • Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 66 wins & 38 nominations.
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Buscapé - Rocket
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Zé Pequeno - Li'l Zé (as Leandro Firmino da Hora)
Phellipe Haagensen ...
Bené - Benny
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Dadinho - Li'l Dice
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Cabeleira - Shaggy
Matheus Nachtergaele ...
Sandro Cenoura - Carrot
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Mané Galinha - Knockout Ned
Jefechander Suplino ...
Alicate - Clipper
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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)
Gustavo Engrácia ...
Editor do Jornal - Rogerio Reis
Darlan Cunha ...
Filé-com-Fritas - Steak and Fries
Robson Rocha ...
Gelson - Gerson
Thiago Martins ...
Lampião
Leandra Miranda ...
Lúcia Maracanã
Graziella Moretto ...
Marina Cintra
Renato de Souza ...
Marreco - Goose
Karina Falcão ...
Mulher do Paraíba - Shorty's Wife
Sabrina Rosa ...
Namorada do Galinha - Knockout's Girlfriend
Rubens Sabino ...
Neguinho - Blacky
Marcos 'Kikito' Junqueira ...
Otávio
Edson Montenegro ...
Pai Buscapé - Rocket's Father
Gero Camilo ...
Paraíba - Shorty
Felipe Paulino ...
Rafael (as Felipe Silva)
Daniel Zettel ...
Thiago - Tiago
Charles Paraventi ...
Tio Sam - Uncle Sam
Luiz Carlos Ribeiro Seixas ...
Touro
Paulo 'Jacaré' César ...
Tuba
Dani Ornellas ...
Vizinha do Paraíba - Shorty's Neighbor (as Danielle Ornellas)
Bernardo Santos ...
Caixa Baixa - Runts
Diego Batista ...
Caixa Baixa - Runts
Diego Ferreira ...
Caixa Baixa - Runts
Marcio Vinicios ...
Caixa Baixa - Runts
Micael ...
Caixa Baixa - Runts (as Micael Borges)
Rafael de Castro ...
Caixa Baixa - Runts
Ramon Francisco ...
Caixa Baixa - Runts
Thiago Wallace ...
Caixa Baixa - Runts
Alexander Cerqueira ...
Bando Zé Pequeno - Li'l Zé's Gang
Alexandre 'China' Tavares ...
Bando Zé Pequeno - Li'l Zé's Gang
André Pires Martins ...
Bando Zé Pequeno - Li'l Zé's Gang
António Rodrigues ...
Bando Zé Pequeno - Li'l Zé's Gang
Bartolomeu Braga ...
Bando Zé Pequeno - Li'l Zé's Gang
Carlos Henrique Avernas ...
Bando Zé Pequeno - Li'l Zé's Gang
Cláudio César ...
Bando Zé Pequeno - Li'l Zé's Gang
Cleiton Ventura ...
Bando Zé Pequeno - Li'l Zé's Gang
Damião Firmino ...
Bando Zé Pequeno - Li'l Zé's Gang
Euclides Garcia ...
Bando Zé Pequeno - Li'l Zé's Gang
Fábio Castor Conceição ...
Bando Zé Pequeno - Li'l Zé's Gang
Felipe Nogueira ...
Bando Zé Pequeno - Li'l Zé's Gang
Ivan Martins ...
Bando Zé Pequeno - Li'l Zé's Gang
John Lima ...
Bando Zé Pequeno - Li'l Zé's Gang
Jonas Michel ...
Bando Zé Pequeno - Li'l Zé's Gang
Leandro Lucas ...
Bando Zé Pequeno - Li'l Zé's Gang
Leandro Dias Batista ...
Bando Zé Pequeno - Li'l Zé's Gang
Lúcio Andrey ...
Bando Zé Pequeno - Li'l Zé's Gang
Luis Carlos Rodrigues Oliveira ...
Bando Zé Pequeno - Li'l Zé's Gang
Luís Nascimento ...
Bando Zé Pequeno - Li'l Zé's Gang
Marcello Melo Jr. ...
Bando Zé Pequeno - Li'l Zé's Gang (as Marcello Melo Junior)
Márcio Costa ...
Bando Zé Pequeno - Li'l Zé's Gang / Bando Cenoura - Carrot's Gang
Mário Luiz Costa Oliveira ...
Bando Zé Pequeno - Li'l Zé's Gang
Nelson Amaral ...
Bando Zé Pequeno - Li'l Zé's Gang
Omar 'Mazinho' Barcelos ...
Bando Zé Pequeno - Li'l Zé's Gang
Otto Amorim ...
Bando Zé Pequeno - Li'l Zé's Gang
Peter Soares ...
Bando Zé Pequeno - Li'l Zé's Gang
Rafael de Souza ...
Bando Zé Pequeno - Li'l Zé's Gang
Roberto Miguez ...
Bando Zé Pequeno - Li'l Zé's Gang
Rómulo 'Guinomo' Sech ...
Bando Zé Pequeno - Li'l Zé's Gang
Ruy Vitório ...
Bando Zé Pequeno - Li'l Zé's Gang
Sérgio Bispo ...
Bando Zé Pequeno - Li'l Zé's Gang
Alex dos Santos ...
Bando Cenoura - Carrot's Gang
Anderson Bruno Marques ...
Bando Cenoura - Carrot's Gang
Anderson Lugão ...
Bando Cenoura - Carrot's Gang
André Luiz Mendes ...
Bando Cenoura - Carrot's Gang
Antoni Guedes ...
Bando Cenoura - Carrot's Gang
Bruno Ricardo ...
Bando Cenoura - Carrot's Gang
Charles Samuel ...
Bando Cenoura - Carrot's Gang
Éder Júlio Martins ...
Bando Cenoura - Carrot's Gang
Eduardo 'BR' Piranha ...
Bando Cenoura - Carrot's Gang
Erick Oliveira ...
Bando Cenoura - Carrot's Gang
Fábio 'Dog' da Cunha ...
Bando Cenoura - Carrot's Gang
Felipe Villela Mendonça ...
Bando Cenoura - Carrot's Gang
Frederico Lins ...
Bando Cenoura - Carrot's Gang
Guilherme Estevam ...
Bando Cenoura - Carrot's Gang
Guilherme William ...
Bando Cenoura - Carrot's Gang
Harlem Teixeira ...
Bando Cenoura - Carrot's Gang
Leandro Gonçalves ...
Bando Cenoura - Carrot's Gang
Leandro Lima ...
Bando Cenoura - Carrot's Gang
Leiz Moreira ...
Bando Cenoura - Carrot's Gang
Leonardo Melo ...
Bando Cenoura - Carrot's Gang
Luis Carlos Oliveira ...
Bando Cenoura - Carrot's Gang
Marcelo Melo ...
Bando Cenoura - Carrot's Gang (as Marcello Melo)
Marcello 'Máscara' Alves ...
Bando Cenoura - Carrot's Gang
Wallace Araújo ...
Bando Cenoura - Carrot's Gang
Wallace Nascimento ...
Bando Cenoura - Carrot's Gang
Wanderson 'Petão' Lopes ...
Bando Cenoura - Carrot's Gang
Wellington Costa Ricardo ...
Bando Cenoura - Carrot's Gang
Wemerson Gonçalves ...
Bando Cenoura - Carrot's Gang
Wendel Barros ...
Bando Cenoura - Carrot's Gang
Yuri Krushewsky ...
Bando Cenoura - Carrot's Gang
Anderson Faria ...
Cocotas - Groovies
Arlindo Lopes ...
Cocotas - Groovies
Carol Meirelles ...
Cocotas - Groovies
Carlos 'Lencinho' Smith ...
Cocotas - Groovies
Christiano ...
Cocotas - Groovies
Diego Mendes ...
Cocotas - Groovies
Jéssica da Silva ...
Cocotas - Groovies
Luciana Roque ...
Cocotas - Groovies
Marina Mandonça Pinheiro ...
Cocotas - Groovies
Michele Gonçalves ...
Cocotas - Groovies
Pierre dos Santos ...
Cocotas - Groovies
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Cocotas - Groovies
Vinicius Faria ...
Cocotas - Groovies
Delano Valentim ...
Polícia - Police
Ed Money ...
Polícia - Police
Fabiano Gonçalves ...
Polícia - Police
Felipe Porto ...
Polícia - Police
Francisco Marcos ...
Polícia - Police
Leo Generoso ...
Polícia - Police
Marcelo António Santos ...
Polícia - Police
Marcelo Araújo ...
Polícia - Police
Marcos Viana ...
Polícia - Police
Maurício Figueiras ...
Polícia - Police
Ricardo Lira ...
Polícia - Police
Ricardo Rocha da Silva ...
Polícia - Police
Wagner Mello ...
Polícia - Police
Waldeck Roque ...
Polícia - Police
Júlio César Siqueira ...
Aristóteles
Denise Fonseca ...
Ba
Adão Xalebaradã ...
Exu (as Adão dos Santos Thiago)
Edward Boggiss ...
Garoto viciado - Addicted Kid (as Edward Boggiss Lustosa)
Guti Fraga ...
Gerente do supermercado - Supermarket Manager
Babu Santana ...
Grande - Big Boy (as Alexandre Santana)
Marcello Costa ...
Irmão Mané Galinha - Knockout Ned's Brother (as Marcelo Costa)
Marcos Coutinho ...
Irmão Mané Galinha - Knockout Ned's Brother
João Soares ...
Jabá
Rafael Fontenele ...
Jovem Trabalhador - Young Worker
Rosangela Rodrigues ...
Mãe Buscapé - Rocket's Mother
Jota Farias ...
Motorista do DKW - Driver
Mary Sheila ...
Mulher do Neguinho - Blacky's Wife
Gil Torres ...
Mulher do Ônibus - Woman on Bus
Paulo Lins ...
Pastor da Igreja - Shepherd of the Church
Christian Duurvoort ...
Paulista - Man from São Paulo
Olivia Araújo ...
Recepcionista do Motel - Motel Receptionist (as Olívia Araújo)
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Himself - Reporter (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
Manuel Machado ...
Himself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
Tulé Peak ...
Newspaper Employee (uncredited)

Directed by

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Fernando Meirelles
Kátia Lund ... (co-director)

Written by

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Paulo Lins ... (novel)
 
Bráulio Mantovani ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Andrea Barata Ribeiro ... producer
Marc Beauchamps ... co-producer
Bel Berlinck ... line producer
Daniel Filho ... co-producer
Hank Levine ... co-producer
Vincent Maraval ... co-producer
Mauricio Andrade Ramos ... producer
Donald Ranvaud ... executive producer (as Donald K. Ranvaud)
Juliette Renaud ... co-producer
Walter Salles ... executive producer
Elisa Tolomelli ... line producer

Music by

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Ed Côrtes ... (as Ed Cortês)
Antonio Pinto

Cinematography by

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César Charlone

Film Editing by

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Daniel Rezende

Editorial Department

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Alessandra Casolari ... post-production coordinator
João Cutileiro Nunes ... first assistant editor
João Nunes ... first assistant editor (as Joao Nunes)
Marcelo Pedrazzi ... assistant editor
Fred Ricci ... assistant editor
Ana Teixeira ... assistant editor
Matt Garner ... editorial consultant: us version (uncredited)
Junior Xis ... colorist assistant (uncredited)

Production Design by

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Tulé Peak

Costume Design by

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Bia Salgado
Inês Salgado ... (as Ines Salgado)

Makeup Department

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Donna Meirelles ... makeup artist
Anna Van Steen ... makeup designer

Production Management

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René Bittencourt ... production manager
Claudine Franco ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Lamartine Ferreira ... assistant director
Malu Miranda ... third assistant director
Isabella Teixeira ... second assistant director

Art Department

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Isabel Gouvêa ... assistant art director
Bia Pessoa ... art painter / special paint effects
Rafael Ronconi ... assistant production designer
Severo Santos ... assistant art producer

Sound Department

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Guilherme Ayrosa ... sound
Lisa Geffcken-Reinhard ... dialogue editor
Martín Hernández ... sound designer
Carlos Honc ... sound
Alessandro Laroca ... sound
Samuel Mendoza ... foley artist
Paulo Ricardo Nunes ... sound
Rudy Pi ... re-recording mixer
Alejandro Quevedo ... sound
Pradip Romay ... sound editor
Adam Sawelson ... sound
Unsun Song ... sound re-recordist
Roland N. Thai ... sound effects editor
Luis Flores ... sound assistant (uncredited)
Lex Ortega ... sound assistant (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

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Renato Batata ... visual effects supervisor

Stunts

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Fillipe Dias ... stunts

Camera and Electrical Department

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Pablo Baião ... second assistant camera (as Pablo Giannini Baião)
Francisco Bispo ... best boy
Roberto Brito ... electrician
Lula Carvalho ... first assistant camera
Cristiano Conceição ... assistant camera: second unit
Amarildo Cruz ... electrician
Breno Cunha ... assistant camera: second unit
Alexandre Dantas ... video assistant: second unit
Pablo Hoffmann ... video assist operator
Sérgio Isidoro ... gaffer
Márcio Manhães ... assistant electrician
Clóvis Marinho ... assistant grip
Paulo Miranda ... grip
Mário Moraes ... grip
Julia Schmidt ... third assistant camera
Vitor Scola ... assistant grip
Fabricio Tadeu ... Steadicam operator
Pedro Peregrino ... video operator (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Patricia Monteiro ... costume assistant

Music Department

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Simon Katz ... featured musician
Pedro Lima ... music mixer assistant
Patrícia Portaro ... music licensing
Armando Torres Jr. ... music mixer assistant
Emmanuel Chamboredon ... soundtrack album producer (uncredited)

Other crew

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Yelena Makarczyk ... localization
Paula Manzanedo-Schmit ... completion guarantor: Film Finances, Inc.
Alex Moreno ... production assistant
Anna Luiza Müller ... publicist
Fabiano De Souza Ramos ... production staff
Fátima Toledo ... acting coach (as Maria Fatima Toledo)

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines If you run, the beast will get you. If you stay, the beast will eat you See more »
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Also Known As
  • La cité de Dieu (France)
  • City of God (World-wide, English title)
  • City of God (Canada, English title)
  • City of God (Japan, English title)
  • City of God (Europe, English title)
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Runtime
  • 130 min
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Box Office

Budget $3,300,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend Brazil $541,996, 30 Aug 2002
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $32,059,295

Did You Know?

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Trivia The scene where the gang prays before the war was not scripted. During the shooting a young boy, who used to be in a real gang, asked director Fernando Meirelles if the group was not going to pray like they always did before any important confrontation with their enemies. Meirelles told him to lead the prayer as they shot the scene. See more »
Goofs When Knockout Ned is yelling over the dead boy, the body is breathing. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The Best Films of 2002 (2003). See more »
Soundtracks Alvorada See more »
Crazy Credits During the end credits there is shown actual real-life footage of the real Mané Galinha, or Knockout-Ned as he is translated into in the American version of the film. This is in fact the same TV interview we see constructed in the film, and we can see that the filmmakers have copied this TV interview down to the smallest detail. See more »
Quotes Buscapé: It was like a message from God: "Honesty doesn't pay, sucker."
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