City Of God Full Movie Review and Film Clips
City Of God Original Poster
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.
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Trailer (Complete Movie Below)
One of IMBD´s Favortie Scenes of All Time
Li´l Ze Gang´s Picture
City Of God
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)
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).
Original Posters From The Movie
Movie Clip - The Story of Ze Pequenho (Li´l Dice)
Real Gang Members of Rio Favelas
Funny Movie Quotes
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
[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.
“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
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
Written by Cartola / Carlos Cachaça / Hermínio B. Carvalho
Performed by Cartola
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
- Best Cinematography
- Best Director
- Best Film Editing
- Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay
- And like a thousand more from all kinds of international film festivals