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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 ... 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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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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$216,158, 25 April 2004
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Production Co:

Zazen Produções See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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It is one of the best documentaries I have ever seen
29 October 2004 | by frnjaSee all my reviews

This film is an example of in-depth journalism, the way it is not done in the mainstream, commercial media. Instead of focusing on the hijacking of the bus, which is the most attractive footage in this documentary, this documentary decides to explain the context and causes that led the hijacker to perform a suicidal, desperate action, such as hijacking a public bus in the middle of the day. It is an extremely delicate and elaborate work which attempts to present an all-encompassing picture, one that forbids taking sides easily. It is not excusing the perpetrator of the crime in any way, but, still, it is demonstrating how much information we are missing when we, for example, read daily crime reports in newspapers. Instead of playing on the card of the expected outrage over this drug-addicted person who clearly did something extremely wrong, this film will take you several steps further. By showing a more complete frame of Brazilian society in a fierce tour de force, the authors of this film make the spectator question his or hers opinions and attitudes over and over again. It is a documentary that sticks with you for more than one day.


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