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City of Men 

Cidade dos Homens (original title)
In this original variation on the Latin American telenovela (slow, emotional soap), life in Rio de Janeiro, the Brazilian big city jungle, is told in short, fast alternating scenes from the... See full summary »
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A chronicle of a real-life bus hijacking in Rio de Janeiro that occurred on June 12, 2000.

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Series cast summary:
Darlan Cunha ...  Laranjinha / ... 19 episodes, 2002-2005
...  Acerola / ... 19 episodes, 2002-2005
Pierre-Augustin Crenn ...  Acerola 19 episodes, 2002-2005
Phellipe Haagensen ...  Espeto 9 episodes, 2002-2004
Camila Monteiro ...  Cristiane 10 episodes, 2003-2005
...  Madrugadão 8 episodes, 2002-2005
Roberta Rodrigues ...  Poderosa / ... 9 episodes, 2002-2005
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In this original variation on the Latin American telenovela (slow, emotional soap), life in Rio de Janeiro, the Brazilian big city jungle, is told in short, fast alternating scenes from the viewpoints of two sets of characters, all youngsters, but from both sides of unequal life: generally dark-skinned street-kids, which rarely come to anything better then begging and street crime, and generally white boys from the middle and upper classes, like João Victor, who have a shot at a better future thanks to an actual education. Yet each group simultaneously hates, fears and envies the other at some level when their worlds physically touch but socially remain unbridgeable... Written by KGF Vissers

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Laranjinha's real name is Uólace da Silva. Acerola's real name is Luis Claudio Cunha. See more »

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Featured in Cidade dos Homens (2007) See more »

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A História de Jorge
Performed by Jorge Ben Jor
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General idea of Cidade dos Homens
16 September 2003 | by See all my reviews

Cidade dos Homens belongs to Cidade de Deus' world. However, its not such well done stuff. However, it shows the reality with a more realistic approach. If you liked Cidade de Deus, try to see this mini, but don't expect such a gorgeous creation.


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