• Bus 174 (2002)

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Release Date: 2002

DVD Release Date: July 20th, 2004

R|2 hr 13 min

Plot Summary
A young Brazilian hijacks a bus in Rio de Janeiro to rob its passengers. When he holds the entire bus hostage, the press broadcasts it live. This documentary chronicles the incompetent response by police officers to the public event inspired nationwide protest. Included are details about the captor's harsh childhood after witnessing his mother's murder. His homelessness provides but one example of the tragic social and political indifference for urban poverty in modern Brazil.

Cast: Yvonne Bezerra De Mello, Sandro do Nascimento, Rodrigo Pimentel, Luiz Eduardo Soares

Director: José Padilha

Genres: Documentary

Production Co: Zazen Producoes

Ratings & Reviews

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  • If you have seen the masterful 2002 Brazilian film "City of God" or the 1981 film "Pixote," both about the culture of Rio's street people, then Bus 174 plays like a sad and angry real-life sequel. show more

  • A lot of ground for one film to cover, but this smart, absorbing movie, which has been sharply edited by Felipe Lacerda, never feels like it's spreading itself too thin. show more

  • This gripping Brazilian documentary shows a bus hijacking that spirals out of control because of police incompetence. show more

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