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Time Out says

Based on the memoirs of a doctor, Drauzio Varella, who administered at São Paulo's most notorious prison, Babenco's film introduces us to a dozen or more inmates. These universally colourful characters spin wild tales of rough justice and betrayed innocence in flashbacks that give the stories a feel that's practically Runyonesque. It's entertaining, and you learn quite a bit about the do's and don't's of the Brazilian penal system (pray this never comes in handy), although the mise-en-scène feels terribly old fashioned after City of God - until a shocking dramatic climax wipes the smile off your face.
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Release Details

  • Duration:145 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Hector Babenco
  • Screenwriter:Victor Navas, Fernando Bonassi, Hector Babenco
  • Cast:
    • Luiz Carlos Vasconcelos
    • Milton Gonçalves
    • Ivan de Almeida
    • Ailton Graça
    • Maria Luísa Mendonça
    • Aída Leiner
    • Rodrigo Santoro
    • Gero Camilo
    • Lázaro Ramos
    • Caio Blat
    • Wagner Moura
    • Julia Ianina
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