Bus 174 (Ônibus 174) (2003)

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A chronicle exploring what happened in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on June 12th, 2000--Valentine's Day in Brazil--when Bus 174 was highjacked by an armed young man, Sandro do Nascimento, with a dozen passengers. Nascimento, a disillusioned slum-dweller, threatened to kill all of the passengers, but eventually agreed to surrender, as TV cameras were rolling and an entire nation was glued to their screens, watching the event take place. Regardless, a police officer then decided to fire at Nascimento … More

Rating: R (for language, violent images and some drug material)
Genre: Documentary , Drama , Art House & International , Special Interest
Directed By: ,
Written By: José Padilha
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 20, 2004
Box Office: $0.1M
Runtime:
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Critic Reviews for Bus 174 (Ônibus 174)

All Critics (76) | Top Critics (27)

A tense documentary with multiple layers of meaning.

Full Review… | June 10, 2008
Variety
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Padilha allows neither easy answers nor ironic commentary, producing on both sides of the conflict a world of inconsolable grief.

Full Review… | May 8, 2007
Chicago Reader
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Slightly overlong for overseas audiences, José Padilha's film (co-directed by editor Felipe Lacerda) makes it crystal clear why this incident proved so traumatic for many Brazilians.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
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This smart, absorbing movie, which has been sharply edited by Felipe Lacerda, never feels like it's spreading itself too thin.

Full Review… | March 12, 2004
Miami Herald
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An extraordinary portrait of a life lived always in the shadow of despair.

Full Review… | March 5, 2004
Seattle Times
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Relentlessly gripping.

Full Review… | December 27, 2007
Big Picture Big Sound

Audience Reviews for Bus 174 (Ônibus 174)

The intentions behind making this documentary might be good (i.e. achieving an award :p), but it moves very briskly. The more-than-often-repeated threat by the hijacker to "Set the heat up" made my blood boil. Guess his vocabulary was limited. The documentary is bearable otherwise. And even if the documentary was made with pure intentions, I wonder how long will its message last (assuming that it's not being conveyed to deaf ears), if at all it does.

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imrealgod
familiar stranger

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½

A fantastically well-done and dilacerating piece of documentary that dives deep into an open sore in Brazilian society and exposes some of the most horrible social issues that have been bursting out of control in a city dominated by violence and indifference.

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blacksheepboy
Carlos Magalhães

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The phrase 'Edge of your seat' is usually more commonly used to describe a thriller or suspense movie, not usually a documentary. Not the case here, the intense build up to the final conclusion is immense, its almost unbearable. This makes for one of the best documentaries I've ever seen. Highly recommended!

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SirPant
Anthony Lawrie

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