City Of God Full Movie Review and Film Clips

City Of God Original Poster

One of the many posters of the City of God Movie
One of the many posters of the City of God Movie | Source

Plot Summary

A real story about the lives of two young boys growing up in the favelas of Brazil, one becomes a famous photographer, the other a drug dealer.


Watch the trailer is you are unsure of watching the complete film. Just below the trailer you can find the movie, and if you like, keep reading for movie facts, reviews and links to rent the movie online and read the book from your kindle.

Trailer (Complete Movie Below)

One of IMBD´s Favortie Scenes of All Time

Li´l Ze Gang´s Picture

Li´l Ze posing with his gang for Rocket, the photographer
Li´l Ze posing with his gang for Rocket, the photographer | Source

Storyline

City of God, a name given to a housing project by the Brazilian government evolved into a dangerous nest of gangs and drug traffickers. In the 1960´s, the Tender Trio robed motels and gas trucks while being watched by their little brothers all the time. The little ones, full of ambition, soon take over their legacy by the law of the gun in the 70´s, and cold-blooded Li´l Ze becomes the fiercest drug leader of most of the favela. Nobody can stand in his way,

Li´l Ze began his crime career when he murdered dozens of innocent people in a motel just when he was about 9 years old (movie scene below). Rocket, the narrator, when little, he played ball with the new drug lords of the hood, now he just watches and takes pictures documenting the drug life inside the favelas.

In the 1980´s, the gangs get out all control and fall in to a mayhem of a war. Rocket takes pictures, which are accidentally published by the local newspaper and he begins to tell his story.

Based on a true story


IMDB Rating: 8.7

Runtime: 130 min

Release Date: 30 August 2002 (Brazil)

Dadinho (small Li´l Ze)

This photo of a scene in the movie has becomed part of modern art circles. You can little little Ze´s image in stencils, grafftis and in a T-shirt like you do here. It represents the pure evil in the character.
This photo of a scene in the movie has becomed part of modern art circles. You can little little Ze´s image in stencils, grafftis and in a T-shirt like you do here. It represents the pure evil in the character. | Source

Curiosities from the Movie

  • The scene when the gangsters pray before trying to take back the favela was not in the plans of the director. It was only when one of the actors, who had been previously a gang member, told him all the gangs prayed before going into battle.


  • “City of God” is also a novel of the same name written by Paulo Lins in 1997.


  • All of the actors were recruited from favelas to act in the movie


  • At the end of the movie there is a new gang being formed by the little ones of the 80´s, the Runts. These rat boys are the now existing most feared gang Comando Vermelho (Red Commando).

Movie Clip - The Story of Ze Pequenho (Li´l Dice)

Real Gang Members of Rio Favelas

These are real gang members fighting a battle in the favelas
These are real gang members fighting a battle in the favelas | Source

Funny Movie Quotes

The Photographer

Buscape (Rocket) sees the pictures he has taken published in the local newspaper, by accident, since he left them unattended.

“F**k... I'm dead!” – Buscape


[next scene in the slums Ze Pequeno watches the paper]


“ What's the name of that friend of yours who took this pictures?” Zé Pequeno

“Buscapé.” Thiago

[Now he is smiling]

“Buscapé! The guy is good!” - Zé Pequeno

From now on Ze Pequenho will ask Buscape to become the official photographer of his gang. Ze is a proud person with little brains to see the dangers.


The War

“What should have been swift revenge turned into an all out war. The City of God was divided. You couldn't go from one section the other, not even to visit a relative. The cops considered anyone living in the slum a hoodlum...”- Buscapé Narrating

A Look In To The Favelas

These are how real favelas look like
These are how real favelas look like | Source

Viewer Best Review

“The film offers an unflinching look at gang life in the City of God, as it follows the favela through three decades; the 60's, 70's and 80's, and shows how violence just spirals into more violence…”

“The direction, cinematography, and editing are all Oscar-worthy. The cinematography is some of the best I have ever seen- with a very visceral, jerky feel, very reminiscent of Saving Private Ryan. The editing is very frantic, which makes you feel like you are on the streets of the City of God, and the direction is flawless, seamlessly blending the many elements of the story.” – Taken from IMDB, Roger Ebert

Soundtrack

"Alvorada"
Written by Cartola / Carlos Cachaça / Hermínio B. Carvalho
Performed by Cartola

Actors

Alexandre Rodrigues - Buscapé - Rocket

Leandro Firmino - Zé Pequeno - Li'l Zé (as Leandro Firmino da Hora)

Phellipe Haagensen - Bené - Benny

Seu Jorge - Mané Galinha - Knockout Ned

Alice Braga - Angélica

Awards

Oscars

  • Best Cinematography
    César Charlone
  • Best Director
    Fernando Meirelles
  • Best Film Editing
    Daniel Rezende
  • Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay
    Bráulio Mantovani
  • And like a thousand more from all kinds of international film festivals

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Comments 7 comments

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AMAZING THINKER 3 years ago from Home

My favorite Portuguese Movie!

Voted up!


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David Trujillo 3 years ago from Medellin, Colombia Author

It is, although Carandiru and Central Station give it a good fight. Have you watched other Brazilian movies? They are great, they have a french style to them.


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AMAZING THINKER 3 years ago from Home

Nope, but I will. Thanks for the recommendation!


Dayanara 2 years ago

Thanks for incndoutirg a little rationality into this debate.


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David Trujillo 2 years ago from Medellin, Colombia Author

thanks, I think you might be referring to the movie criticism


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liamhubpages 2 years ago

Loved the movie, thanks for the review, I will be suggesting this movie to my friends also


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David Trujillo 2 years ago from Medellin, Colombia Author

Thanks. A little old, I will make more film reviews in the future

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