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R| 2 hr. 11 min.

Plot Summary
In the poverty-stricken favelas of Rio de Janeiro in the 1970s, two young men choose different paths. Rocket (Alexandre Rodrigues) 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" (Seu Jorge). The film was shot on location in Rio's poorest neighborhoods.

Cast: Matheus Nachtergaele , Seu Jorge , Alexandre Rodrigues , Leandro Firmino da Hora , Phellipe Haagensen , Jonathan Haagensen , Douglas Silva , Roberta Rodrigues

Directors: Kátia Lund , Fernando Meirelles

Genres: Crime drama

Distributor: Miramax Films

Cidade de Deus (2002)

Release Date: January 17th, 2003|2 hr. 11 min.

critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( )
  • 75
    San Francisco Chronicle

    Brutal, tough to watch but impossible to ignore. show more

  • 88
    Mike Clark USA Today

    This is one movie in which you don't feel the long-ish running time, in part because there always seems to be a surprise (as well as a new street guerrilla) around every corner. show more

  • 88
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    An epic docudrama - electric and raw. show more

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