City of God

2002, Crime/Drama, 2h 11m

163 Reviews 250,000+ Ratings

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City of God offers a shocking and disturbing -- but always compelling -- look at life in the slums of Rio de Janiero. Read critic reviews

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In the poverty-stricken favelas of Rio de Janeiro in the 1970s, two young men choose different paths. Rocket (Phellipe Haagensen) is a budding photographer who documents the increasing drug-related violence of his neighborhood. José "Zé" Pequeno (Douglas Silva) is an ambitious drug dealer who uses Rocket and his photos as a way to increase his fame as a turf war erupts with his rival, "Knockout Ned" (Leandro Firmino da Hora). The film was shot on location in Rio's poorest neighborhoods.

Cast & Crew

Alexandre Rodrigues
Buscapé - Rocket
Leandro Firmino
Zé Pequeno - Li'l Zé
Douglas Silva
Dadinho - Li'l Dice
Jonathan Haagensen
Cabeleira - Shaggy
Matheus Nachtergaele
Sandro Cenoura - Carrot
Seu Jorge
Mané Galinha - Knockout Ned
Roberta Rodrigues
Berenice - Bernice
Jefechander Suplino
Alicate - Clipper
Emerson Gomes
Barbantinho - Stringy
Michel Gomes
Bené - Benny (young)
Edson Oliveira
Barbantinho - Stringy (older)
Luis Otávio
Buscapé - Rocket (young)
Kiko Marques
Cabeção - Melonhead
Gustavo Engracia
Rogério Reis
Darlan Cunha
Filé-com-Fritas - Steak and Fries
Robson Rocha
Gelson - Gerson
Graziela Moretto
Marina Cintra
Kátia Lund
Co-Director
Elisa Tolomelli
Executive Producer
Daniel Filho
Co-Producer
Hank Levine
Co-Producer
Donald Ranvaud
Executive Producer
Walter Salles
Executive Producer
César Charlone
Cinematography
Tulé Peak
Production Design
Bia Salgado
Costume Design
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Critic Reviews for City of God

Audience Reviews for City of God

  • Sep 06, 2016
    As good as everyone says it is. Check this out.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Dec 26, 2015
    City of God isn't only a brilliant film just because of how well it was created, but more of because it delivers an important message to the world.
    Maymay A Super Reviewer
  • Sep 05, 2015
    If you don't like guns, this movie will be very painful for you. But a compelling glimpse into gang violence in Brazil in the 1970s.
    Letitia L Super Reviewer
  • Dec 13, 2014
    A young boy grows up amid gang violence in Rio. More of a chronicle of disparate gangs than a cohesive plot, City of God is frenetic filmmaking at its finest. Quick camera pans, storylines that stop and start, and bloodletting violence fill this film with the type of energy that is reminiscent of Tarantino and Scorsese. Based on true stories, the film is more about environment than plot, and the feeling is both harrowing and shocking. There's no one central performance that strikes me as remarkable because all of the performances ring with authenticity. Overall, this is one of the finest portraits of gang violence produced outside of America.
    Jim H Super Reviewer

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