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Heleno (2011)

Heleno: O Príncipe Maldito (original title)
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A biography of the tragic life of one of Brazil's greatest soccer players, Heleno de Freitas.


L.G. Bayão (collaborating writer), Felipe Bragança (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
13 wins & 18 nominations. See more awards »





Credited cast:
Rodrigo Santoro ... Heleno de Freitas
Alinne Moraes ... Silvia
Angie Cepeda ... Diamantina
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marcelo Adnet Marcelo Adnet
Priscila Assum Priscila Assum ... Edith
Othon Bastos Othon Bastos ... Carlito Rocha
Billy Blanco Jr. Billy Blanco Jr. ... Team Doctor
Herson Capri
Erom Cordeiro Erom Cordeiro ... Alberto
Candido Damm Candido Damm ... Jornalista
Orã Figueiredo Orã Figueiredo ... Bezerra
Henrique Juliano Henrique Juliano ... Soccer Player
Jean Pierre Noher ... Dr. Souza Lima
Duda Ribeiro Duda Ribeiro ... Cesar
Agles Steib Agles Steib ... Juvenal


The film about Heleno de Freitas (1920/1959) ( Santoro ) , who was one of the greats of Brazilian football . An exceptional player , but very temperamental , while that displayed his enormous talent on the pitch , showed her charm in the evenings locals . Beautiful, elegant and arrogant, and had lived in bohemian affairs constant , drank heavily , took drugs and not cared athletically , living creating controversies club ( Botafogo ) , with colleagues and frictions with opponents . He had a brief stint in Argentina , where trained clothing and outerwear , for not supporting the ice. Produção inspired the book "There was never a man like Heleno " ( title inspired by the movie " Gilda " with Rita Hayworth , who was the pejorative nickname of Heleno ) , the journalist Marcos Eduardo Neves . It is worth mentioning that the film is not about football , goes far beyond this bias , it shows starkly the uncertainties of a celebrity ambiguous and unprepared - Filmed in black and white with ... Written by GabrielJPereira-Artvídeo

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Passion. Decadence. Destruction.


Biography | Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality, drug content and some language | See all certifications »

User Reviews

Excellent movie, wonderful performance by Sartoro in the lead role
15 September 2011 | by keith-a-lockhartSee all my reviews

Vintage black and white, beautifully shot. Fonseca and Santoro were both present at the Sept 14 Premiere at TIFF. They were very concerned in making this an accurate as possible biography of this syphilitic, arrogant Brazilian footballer. Santoro lost 30 pounds over the three months of shooting. Oscar might be calling in the wings. Beautiful portrayal of the club and beach scene of Rio in the1940's.

Heleno was aggressive and driven, very much a fanatical Botafogo player first, but aspiring to win the world cup, which he never accomplished. This was the time when the Maracana was being built, the 200,000 capacity stadium on the other side of the Corcovado from the beaches of Copacobana and Ipanema. Heleno only played there once, as demons chased him to the Sanitorium and death..

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Portuguese | Spanish

Release Date:

30 March 2012 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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