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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 »

Directors:

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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Storyline

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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$216,158, 25 April 2004
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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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Version of Last Stop 174 (2008) See more »

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The film is brilliantly told through interviews and news footage.
26 July 2004 | by shootfilmordieSee all my reviews

I can't disagree more with the previous reviewer about this film. The subject is so completely eye opening for American's to see, I think it should be mandatory viewing for high school kids.

Rio de Janeiro is such a different kind of city compared to anything in our country. In the legal system, people are treated worse then animals. The police force is completely untrained. Thousands of homeless children walk the streets and are systematically murdered by police and people who are aggravated by their presence. To many people, killing off the homeless children is the only solution to a staggering social problem.

The kidnapper in "Bus 174" is a product of the city and the time. What started out as a basic robbery, became a hostage situation where social problems were brought to the attention of millions of people. He became an accidental spokesman for the plight of homeless children in Rio.

No one can guess how badly the police attempt to resolve the situation. It has become a case study for police all over the world on how a hostage situation can be poorly handled.

As a film, it kept my attention the whole time, and not using a narrator and letting the story unfold simply through interviews and news footage is classic documentary style. Too many filmmakers and news personalities put themselves into their films.

The filmmakers in "Bus 174" were able to capture the story of the hijacker, and the sociology of the city of Rio.


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