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Bus 174 (2002)

Ônibus 174 (original title)
On June 12, 2000, a young man with a gun took the passengers aboard Bus 174 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil hostage. This documentary examines the event itself, the resulting media frenzy, the police response, and the perpetrator's background.


José Padilha, Felipe Lacerda (co-director)
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Credited cast:
Anonymous Anonymous ... Self - Rio SWAT Team Officer
Maria Aparecida Maria Aparecida ... Self - Damiana's Daughter
Captain Batista Captain Batista ... Self - Rio SWAT Team Negotiator
Luanna Belmon Luanna Belmon ... Self - Undergraduate Student
Claudete Beltrana Claudete Beltrana ... Self - Former Street Kid
Luciana Carvalho Luciana Carvalho ... Self - Secretary
Coelho Coelho ... Self - Former Street Kid
Damiana Damiana ... Self
Yvonne Bezerra de Mello Yvonne Bezerra de Mello ... Self - Social Worker
Julieta do Nacimento Julieta do Nacimento ... Self - Sandro's Maternal Aunt
Sandro do Nascimento Sandro do Nascimento ... Self (archive footage)
Dona Elza Dona Elza ... Self
Geísa Firmo Gonçalves Geísa Firmo Gonçalves ... Self (archive footage)
José Henrique José Henrique ... Self - TV Cameraman
Cláudia Macumbinha Cláudia Macumbinha ... Self - Former Street Kid


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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This ain't no action movie!
23 December 2006 | by chris_hughes-2See all my reviews

....shouts Sandro, the central character, to the voyeuristic TV cameras, as his real-life predicament spirals towards its tragic and brutal denouement.

And he's right - this film is far more compelling and dramatic than any Hollywood product - also far more poignant and touching.

Director Padhila shows extraordinary skill in building the story to an unforgettable climax. When I watched this movie at a Manchester cinema, there were only 30 or so people in the theatre - but the silence at the close of the film was astonishing. The entire audience walked out in stunned speechlessness.

If you were impressed by "City of God", check out this slice of real life from Rio de Janiero - a world-class piece of documentary-making, and a stinging indictment of the divisions that scar Brazilian society.

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Release Date:

30 August 2003 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,625, 12 October 2003

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Company Credits

Production Co:

Zazen Produções See more »
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Technical Specs



Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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