City of God

Synopsis: Brazil, 1960s, City of God. The Tender Trio robs motels and gas trucks. Younger kids watch and learn well...too well. 1970s: Li'l Zé has prospered very well and owns the city. He causes violence and fear as he wipes out rival gangs without mercy. His best friend Bené is the only one to keep him on the good side of sanity. Rocket has watched these two gain power for years, and he wants no part of it. Yet he keeps getting swept up in the madness. All he wants to do is take pictures. 1980s: Things are out of control between the last two remaining gangs...will it ever end? Welcome to the City of God.
Genre: Crime, Drama
Director(s): Fernando Meirelles, Kátia Lund (co-director)
Production: Miramax Films
  Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 66 wins & 38 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
130 min

Give it to me!

You are old, and ugly.

Do you want to f*ck her?

Police! Let's beat it!

Take the car.|I'm gonna bring the kid.

- It went wrong. The kid is missing!|- They are shooting, let's go!

- You said you could drive.|- I can, cool down.

Turn! Watch it!

- You asshole!|- I didn't do it on purpose.

No-one saw a thing.|Don't say a word, OK?

I twisted my leg!

- Naive is hit!|- It hurts!

Take him to the woods.|I will try to distract the cops.

God help us.

Get the phone.

Shortie. Infamous in the City.|I will talk about him later.

It hurts, godammit!

Shut up!|You're acting like a sissy.

Give me your hand!

A whole car runs|into a bar...

and no-one saw a thing?

As always. No-one sees,|no-one knows a thing.

- What's up, Shortie?|- They are hiding in the woods.

I think they |are hiding in the woods.

They are in the woods.

Fillipe, lock the car.|Rantzel, come with me.

Pitch black.|How do they see?

They stole a fortune|from the motel...

- What if we took the money?|- Are you out of your mind?

I do not want any trouble.|I just want to eliminate them.

Since when is it a crime|to steal from niggers and robbers?

I know a snitch in the City.

Did you hear the shootings?|If I find one of them, I will shoot him!

Maracana!|Open the door!

They are after me!

The police are after me!|Hide me!

Come inside.

Shit, the cops are|still down there.

- I had a vision, Naive.|- Did you smoke anything?

You had a job, right?|How was it? What did they say to you?

I worked for my father.|Fathers say bullshit.

I'm leaving. I do not want to die.|I am not meant to be a gangster.

- The cops are down there.|- I don't care.

I am going back to the church.

"I am the resurrection|and the life...

He that believeth in me,|though he were dead, yet shall he live...

And whosoever liveth| and believeth in me...

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Bráulio Mantovani

Bráulio Mantovani (born July 1963 in São Paulo) is a Brazilian screenwriter and author. Graduating in Portuguese Language and Literature from the Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo, he began his career writing professionally for theatre groups in 1987. In the early 1990s, he moved to New York City where he worked as camera operator and assistant director for Zbigniew Rybczyński. Back in Brazil, he wrote the script for the short film Palace II, directed by Fernando Meirelles in 2001. On the next year, the partnership extended to City of God, which earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay. more…

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