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The Golden Helmet (2007)

O Capacete Dourado (original title)
The darkness of night, a barely lit place, motorbikes flirting with danger: a group of teenagers at a crossroads playing chicken with unaware passing cars. Jota (Eduardo Frazão) stands out ... See full synopsis »


Jorge Cramez
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Eduardo Frazão ... J
Ana Moreira ... Margarida
Rogério Samora ... Trindade
Alexandre Pinto ... Rato
Henrique Martins
Carloto Cotta
Jaime Freitas Jaime Freitas
Luís Félix Luís Félix
Marco Cardoso Marco Cardoso
Pedro Teles Pedro Teles
Maria João Nunes Maria João Nunes
Maria João Luís Maria João Luís
Alexandra Lencastre Alexandra Lencastre
Manuel Mozos Manuel Mozos
Teresa Madruga Teresa Madruga


The darkness of night, a barely lit place, motorbikes flirting with danger: a group of teenagers at a crossroads playing chicken with unaware passing cars.

Jota (Eduardo Frazão) stands out from this group, unclassifiable; his destiny has no straight lines save those on the asphalt.

Jota lives in permanent conflict with everything and everybody in his small town. No room for stillness. And then comes Margarida (Ana Moreira). Jota has no inside, Margarida has no outside. In spite of, or because of, that, they meet. What can they do? They can just ride, they can get away with it even if its all messed up. Love is to be lived.

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Release Date:

20 September 2007 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

The Golden Helmet See more »

Filming Locations:

Lisbon, Portugal See more »


Box Office


€3,000,897 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Clap Filmes See more »
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Technical Specs



Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


Love is Unconditional
Written by 'Focolitus'
Performed by 'Focolitus'
Courtesy of C.A.G.A. Records
Under CC-BY-NC-SA 4.0 License
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16 March 2008 | by MaxBorg89See all my reviews

Ah, that centuries-old story of two young people falling in love: if done right, the resulting film can be as poetic and beautiful as Before Sunrise; if done wrong... hell, too much crap to list. The Golden Helmet belongs to the second category.

What went awry? How could the film be so dull? It's got all the classic elements: a gang-related male protagonist, a "decent" female lead and an unlikely, inevitably tragic love affair blossoming between them. The script even provides a valid opposition to their bond: the girl's father, a high school principal whose hatred for the boy stems from the fact that it was the latter and his friends who put the man's wife in a hospital bed. How can such a tale fail to stir even the simplest of emotions?

Oh, wait, there is a good reason: the same story has been told countless times since the very birth of cinema, and eight times out of ten the outcome is a predictable, daft picture. The Golden Helmet is supposed to be different since it is, according to the director, based on real events. Oddly, that doesn't show: every scene in the movie screams "teen drama clichè" rather than "true story", especially the downright woeful first encounter, set by a river - plain stupid. It's textbook film-making, professionally executed. Too bad it's also incredibly boring.

Even worse than all that, though, is the "auteurish" open ending: what's the point of having that in a film with no plot?

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