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My Name Ain't Johnny (2008)

Meu Nome Não é Johnny (original title)
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.


Mauro Lima


Guilherme Fiúza (novel), Mariza Leão (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Selton Mello ... João Guilherme Estrella
Giulio Lopes ... Pai de João / João's father
Júlia Lemmertz Júlia Lemmertz ... Mãe de João / João's mother
Felipe Severo Felipe Severo ... João criança / child
Breno Guimarães Breno Guimarães ... Policial Federal 1
Ellan Lustosa Ellan Lustosa ... Policial Federal 2
Gillray Coutinho Gillray Coutinho ... Advogado / Lawyer Renato
Cleo ... Sofia (as Cléo Pires)
Arthur Lopes Arthur Lopes ... João adolescente / teen
Victor Lisboa Gorgulho Victor Lisboa Gorgulho ... Julinho adolescente / teen
Daniel Torres Daniel Torres ... Boneco adolescente / teen
Rodrigo Amarante Rodrigo Amarante ... Rubão
Tammy Di Calafiori ... Laura adolescente / teen
Ângelo Paes Leme Ângelo Paes Leme ... Julinho
Flávio Pardal Flávio Pardal ... Boneco


In the 90's, In Rio de Janeiro, the middle-class João Guilherme Estrella is introduced to the world of drugs consuming maconha and cocaine first and later becoming a drug-dealer with many connections inclusive in Europe. However, he spends all the money he makes in his addiction, parties with clients and friends and travels, never structuring or organizing a network or saving money. When he is arrested, he is sent to the prison first and later to the judicial asylum for treatment, reintegrating to the society. Presently João is a successful musical producer. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Release Date:

4 January 2008 (Brazil) See more »

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Box Office


BRL6,000,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the beginning of the film, when Joao and Sofia sit down together in the sofa, there are some vinyls over this sofa. This scene takes place in the early 1980s, but one of the vinyls is 'Jive Bunny The Album' by the group 'Jive Bunny and the Mastermixers', which was released in 1989. See more »


References Sabrina (1954) See more »


Written by Sérgio Britto and Marcelo Fromer
Performed by Titãs
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Really good entertainment
6 January 2008 | by welingto-1See all my reviews

With efficient and exemplary narrative, My Name Is Not Johnny is a very good entertainment. It combines comedy, drama and adventure, more comedy than drama, it is true, in addition to bringing back the symbolic 80's in a perfect costumes and sceneries.

Based on real events and inspired by the book written by journalist Guilherme Fiúza, the film portrays the same environment in which Cazuza, a famous Brazilian singer who died of aids, lived: great music, cocaine, alcohol and hedonism. Joao Guilherme, a crazy middle-class guy, enter into the world of drugs at the beginning as consumer and became a traffic dealer. He spent all money he gets with parties, trips and drugs. He was arrested and today, recovered from addiction, is a recognized musical producer. If he were black and poor their fate would be different, probably much more tragic. Money and a good lawyer makes difference.

The film is a mountain of events. Joao Guilherme contagious those around them and the narrative with his ironic humor. There is always a witty comment for every situation, the tragedy etched not delay turns comedy. Mauro Lima, another talented director, filmed with passion and without trials, and creates a pop package that has everything to entertain the public. If the characters lack psychological density or if the subject has been much exploited by the Hollywood cinema, it not lack creative energy. Selton Mello is a strong candidate of best actor of the year.

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