Cidade de Deus (City of God) 2003

City of God

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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.

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In the poverty-stricken favelas of Rio de Janeiro in the 1970s, two young men choose different paths. Rocket (Seu Jorge) is a budding photographer who documents the increasing drug-related violence of his neighborhood. José "Zé" Pequeno (Leandro Firmino da Hora) 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" (Matheus Nachtergaele). The film was shot on location in Rio's poorest neighborhoods.

Cast & Crew

Seu Jorge
Mané Galinha
Leandro Firmino
Zé Pequeno - Li'l Zé
Jonathan Haagensen
Cabeleira - Shaggy
Douglas Silva
Dadinho - Li'l Dice
Roberta Rodrigues
Berenice - Bernice
Kátia Lund
Director
Paulo Lins
Writer (Novel)
Bráulio Mantovani
Writer (Screenplay)
Elisa Tolomelli
Executive Producer
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Critic Reviews for Cidade de Deus (City of God)

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Audience Reviews for Cidade de Deus (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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