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Bus 174 (2002)

Ônibus 174 (original title)
Documentary depicts what happened in Rio de Janeiro on June 12th 2000, when bus 174 was taken by an armed young man, threatening to shoot all the passengers. Transmitted live on all ... See full summary »

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José Padilha, Felipe Lacerda (co-director)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Anonymous Anonymous ... Himself - Rio SWAT Team Officer
Maria Aparecida Maria Aparecida ... Herself - Damiana's Daughter
Captain Batista Captain Batista ... Himself - Rio SWAT Team Negotiator
Luanna Belmon Luanna Belmon ... Herself - Undergraduate Student
Claudete Beltrana Claudete Beltrana ... Herself - Former Street Kid
Luciana Carvalho Luciana Carvalho ... Herself - Secretary
Coelho Coelho ... Himself - Former Street Kid
Damiana Damiana ... Herself
Yvonne Bezerra de Mello Yvonne Bezerra de Mello ... Herself - Social Worker
Julieta do Nacimento Julieta do Nacimento ... Herself - Sandro's Maternal Aunt
Sandro do Nascimento Sandro do Nascimento ... Himself (archive footage)
Dona Elza Dona Elza ... Herself
Geísa Firmo Gonçalves Geísa Firmo Gonçalves ... Herself (archive footage)
José Henrique José Henrique ... Himself - TV Cameraman
Cláudia Macumbinha Cláudia Macumbinha ... Herself - Former Street Kid
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Documentary depicts what happened in Rio de Janeiro on June 12th 2000, when bus 174 was taken by an armed young man, threatening to shoot all the passengers. Transmitted live on all Brazilian TV networks, this shocking and tragic-ending event became one of violence's most shocking portraits, and one of the scariest examples of police incompetence and abuse in recent years. Written by fabreu@rio.com.br

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Genres:

Documentary | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, violent images and some drug material | See all certifications »

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Country:

Brazil

Language:

Portuguese | Spanish

Release Date:

30 August 2003 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Bus 174 See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,625, 12 October 2003

Gross USA:

$217,201

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$222,506
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Zazen Produções See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Devastating
20 April 2004 | by noimaginationSee all my reviews

One of those moments when you realise that you know nothing about the roots of another culture or society. And when you start learning, the pits of your stomach heave and your heart collapses at the deplorable and impossibly harsh reality of other people's lives.

Onibus 174 is the piecing together of an event that took place in 2000 in Rio de Janeiro, where a gunman took a busload of passengers hostage. The whole event was televised live to the nation, and this documentary film uses this footage, along with interviews with survivors, friends and relatives of the gunman, to document the implications of a society that treats its poor with a disdain not even reserved for deformed animals.

I can honestly say I have never sat through a film that was as difficult to watch as this. Throughout most of it my stomach clenched with anxiety, pity, misery and sadness. I cried at the plight of the street kids. I cried at the description of the child seeing his mother being stabbed 3 times and crawling about with a kitchen knife sticking out of her shoulder until she died in front of him. I cried at the last moments of the hijacking. And I cried at the reaction of the baying, blood-thirsty crowd of on-lookers at the end. And all this from live images. As it happened. The crude, devastating vicissitudes of a society wracked with poverty and hardship.

I have no idea why this film affected me so profoundly, but there's no doubt that is was largely to do with witnessing the real effects of social meltdown. The street kids are merely trying to gather together the semblance of an existence. Suddenly the thefts and muggings became understandable; I could be swayed to be not just sympathetic towards, but defensive of their crime, such is the extent of their horrendous degradation. And this is the result of rendering them invisible.

A film that's devastating, enlightening and enfuriating in equal parts. It has to be watched, but beware that it'll make you all too aware of your own impotence.


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