7.2/10
14,700
30 user 85 critic

City of Men (2007)

Cidade dos Homens (original title)
Trailer
1:21 | Trailer
Best buddies Acerola and Laranjinha, about to turn 18, discover things about their missing fathers' pasts which will shatter their solid friendship, in the middle of a war between rival drug gangs from Rio's favelas.

Director:

Paulo Morelli

Writers:

Elena Soarez (screenplay) (as Elena Soárez), Roberto Moreira (screenplay collaboration) | 3 more credits »
14 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

City of Men (2002–2018)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

Life in Rio de Janeiro 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 ... See full summary »

Stars: Darlan Cunha, Douglas Silva, Camila Monteiro
Carandiru (2003)
Drama | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Brazilian MD Drauzio Varella starts AIDS prevention in Brazil's largest prison, Carandiru, in São Paulo, where the population is nearly double its 4,000 maximum. Doc learns from experience ... See full summary »

Director: Hector Babenco
Stars: Enrique Diaz, Wagner Moura, Caio Blat
Last Stop 174 (2008)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A chronicle of a real-life bus hijacking in Rio de Janeiro that occurred on June 12, 2000.

Director: Bruno Barreto
Stars: Michel Gomes, Cris Vianna, Marcello Melo Jr.
Elite Squad (2007)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

In 1997 Rio de Janeiro, Captain Nascimento has to find a substitute for his position while trying to take down drug dealers and criminals before the Pope visits.

Director: José Padilha
Stars: Wagner Moura, André Ramiro, Caio Junqueira
Bus 174 (2002)
Documentary | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

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.

Directors: José Padilha, Felipe Lacerda
Stars: Sandro do Nascimento, Rodrigo Pimentel, Luiz Eduardo Soares
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

After a prison riot, former-Captain Nascimento, now a high ranking security officer in Rio de Janeiro, is swept into a bloody political dispute that involves government officials and paramilitary groups.

Director: José Padilha
Stars: Wagner Moura, Irandhir Santos, André Ramiro
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A Brazilian photocopier operator falls in love with a girl who lives in an opposite house and spends his evenings looking at her through his binoculars.

Director: Jorge Furtado
Stars: Lázaro Ramos, Leandra Leal, Luana Piovani
Biography | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The life and times of Cazuza, Brazilian singer/poet/enfant terrible, from his start with rock group "Barão Vermelho", to his death from Aids, in 1990, showing his career, love affairs, and involvement with drugs.

Directors: Walter Carvalho, Sandra Werneck
Stars: Daniel de Oliveira, Marieta Severo, Reginaldo Faria
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The true story of João Guilherme Estrella ("Johnny"), a young middle-class bon vivant who became a big-time cocaine dealer in Rio de Janeiro in the early 1990s.

Director: Mauro Lima
Stars: Selton Mello, Giulio Lopes, Júlia Lemmertz
City of God (2002)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

In the slums of Rio, two kids' paths diverge as one struggles to become a photographer and the other a kingpin.

Directors: Fernando Meirelles, Kátia Lund
Stars: Alexandre Rodrigues, Leandro Firmino, Matheus Nachtergaele
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The story of Francisco, a very simple and poor man whose dream was to see his children become country music stars, and who made all the efforts to make it happen.

Director: Breno Silveira
Stars: Ângelo Antônio, Dira Paes, Márcio Kieling
A Dog's Will (2000)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

The lively João Grilo and the sly Chicó are poor guys living in the hinterland who cheat a bunch of people in a small Northeast Brazil town. But when they die, they have to be judged by ... See full summary »

Director: Guel Arraes
Stars: Matheus Nachtergaele, Selton Mello, Rogério Cardoso
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Douglas Silva ... Acerola
Darlan Cunha Darlan Cunha ... Laranjinha
Jonathan Haagensen ... Madrugadão
Rodrigo dos Santos Rodrigo dos Santos ... Heraldo
Camila Monteiro Camila Monteiro ... Cris
Naima Silva Naima Silva ... Camila (as Naíma Silva)
Eduardo 'BR' Piranha Eduardo 'BR' Piranha ... Nefasto (as Eduardo BR)
Luciano Vidigal Luciano Vidigal ... Fiel
Pedro Henrique Pedro Henrique ... Caju
Vítor Oliveira Vítor Oliveira ... Clayton
Vinícius Oliveira Vinícius Oliveira ... Clayton
Rafaela Santos Rafaela Santos ... Bela da Madrugada
Fábio Lago Fábio Lago ... Ceara
Claudio Jaborandy ... Complice de Heraldo
Babu Santana Babu Santana ... Drug lord from Morro do Careca
Edit

Storyline

In the slum in Morro da Sinuca, a couple of days before turning eighteen year-old, Laranjinha tells his best friend and also orphan Acerola that he misses his unknown father. Acerola decides to help his needy friend to find his father and they discover that he is in prison convicted for killing a man during a robbery and near to be released on parole. Meanwhile, Acerola's wife and babysitter Cris is invited to work in São Paulo and she sees the chance to raise money to buy a house of her own; she tells Acerola that he must take care of their son Clayton alone for one year. When the owner of the hill and Laranjinha's cousin Madrugadão is betrayed by his right-hand Nefasto, he is expelled from the slum and Laranjinha and Acerola have also to leave the hill. While Madrugadão plots a plan to invade and recover the hill with the support of the gang of the drug lord from Morro do Careca, Acerola and Laranjinha unravel the past of their fathers. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

An unforgettable tale of friendship and survival in a city where the greatest challenge is growing up.

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

Brazil

Language:

Portuguese

Release Date:

31 August 2007 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

City of Men See more »

Filming Locations:

São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil

Edit

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$130,579, 2 March 2008

Gross USA:

$325,131

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,589,732
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Jonathan Haagensen, Mumuzinho and Thiago Martins are some of the actors returning after City of God (2002), portraying new roles. See more »

Goofs

When Camila is showing Wallace her hair and telling him where Ace is, a leg of the tripod holding the close up camera is visible on the right side in the wide shot of them. See more »

Connections

Features City of Men: A Coroa do Imperador (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Flor E O Espinho
(uncredited)
Written by Nelson Cavaquinho, Guilherme de Brito and Alcides Caminha
Originally recorded by Paulinho Moska
Sung by Rodrigo dos Santos (Heraldo) in the shower
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

Solid, but not scintillating
29 September 2011 | by paul2001sw-1See all my reviews

'City of God' was a visceral epic, a tale of the slummification of a Brazillian new suburb and the consequences of this story for the lives of those who lived there. 'City of Men' is a loose sort of follow up, with a different director, and it's a lesser film, without Fernando Meirelles' scintillating direction. More than anything else, the story suffers because its protagonists are so clearly innocents caught up in events beyond their control; while it's still an effective portrayal of the harshness of life in the favella, it lacks the sense of individual responsibility that is usually a necessary part of the most powerful drama. Which is not to say that it's a bad film, making good use of the dramatic setting of Rio de Janeiro, and conveying well not just the brutality, but also the fragility, of a life lived at the margins.


1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 30 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed