Synopsis: Brazilian MD Drauzio Varella starts AIDS prevention in Brazil's largest prison, Carandiru, in São Paulo, where the population is nearly double its 4,000 maximum. Doc learns from experience and mainly stories the tragic stories of hideous crimes which landed scum there and passionate dramas adding otherwise decent people. Just when he believes to leave the prisoners happy with a soccer tournament, a silly clothing line argument kick-starts a politically opportune revolt repression.
Genre: Crime, Drama
Director(s): Hector Babenco
Production: Sony Pictures Classics
  13 wins & 25 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
145 min

The following film is

based on real-life events.

Hey, Ebony!

You bastard! I'll knife you in the back!

- Get this guy out of here!

- There's no more room.

We've got to use this cell!

Cool it or there'll be trouble!

Get off me!

I wanna see that. Come on!

You've betrayed me!

Dagger! I'll kill you, you hear?

Stick you like a pig.

Ebony, Lula's freaked out...

...says it's his right to kill Dagger.

Lula needs to be taught a lesson!

Whatever's happened...'s not for you to decide,

you little shit!

- Dagger!

- Dagger's gonna die!

- Gonna die!

- Calm down!

You think you're gonna decide this?

Come on, then, I'm ready.

- What's this?

- Gonna die! Gonna die!

Like I said, I've got no one

waiting for me on the outside.

I'm in no hurry to get out.

Anyone wants a fight,

let's get on with it.

I'll crush all of you.

What the f*ck's wrong with you guys?!

Let's cool it here!

What's going on, Dagger?

- Lula attacked me from behind, Ebony.

- He's a badass!

He went for Dagger from behind!

Right out of line, man!

Gonna die!

Gonna die!

- You locking me in there, Ebony?

- First get in there, then speak!

- Don't throw Dagger in here, Ebony.

- We don't want trouble.

Step away, damn it!

So? I'm all ears.

How come he's so mad at you?

You heard.

Lula came out of nowhere with a knife

and tried to kill me.

I dodged.

We scuffled till they broke us up.

The rest you know.

Good morning, Mr. Pires.

I do apologize for this

disgusting behavior...

...which has invaded our household


Only this idiot Lula,

a young, inexperienced con...

...suddenly got this attitude,

without even asking permission!

Dagger killed my father!

He killed my father!

I sure did, kid.

And not only him,

I've killed plenty more besides.

Ebony! Mr. Pires!

Dagger killed my father... front of my mother.

He's been telling everyone!

You gonna deny that, asshole?!

Are you gonna deny it? Are you?

- Ebony, please.

- What?

Tell the kid he doesn't know

half the story.

- Lf he did...

- Son of a bitch! I'll kill you!

Tell him to ask his mother if she

was really as upset as all that.

Or was it a relief when I came

and grabbed his belt from him?

Lies! That's a lie!

Like hell it is! I saw it for myself.

He'd have thrashed her to death.

I thought you'd have heard

by now, kid!

Your mother paid me

to kill your father.

Get it now?

It was your mother who wiped him out!

Hear that?

He's calmed down!

He's calmed down!

I want them both out here

in their underwear.

Lula, as far as I'm concerned,

we're quits.

Let's forget it, shall we?

You've put me to shame, and on

the day of the doctor's first visit.

So, Lula, what brought

you back in here?

I left here...

...went home and found

my wife in bed with someone else.

The son of a bitch had the nerve

to tell me, "That's life."

I shot him three times just

to prove the contrary.

You should know that whatever

goes on outside gets settled outside.

In here, anyone who behaves

knows we'll do what we can... show him the front door,

where his family is waiting.

But anyone who's proud of being

a criminal, with blood in his eye...

...we'll do everything to

prolong his life in here.

We usually forget people

like that in here.

Doctor, this is Ebony.

Yes, doctor,

Ebony's got a problem.

My kitchen knife is still missing.

Whoever took it,

I'll give you one chance.

Return it or there'll be

one prisoner dead every day!

I'd like to ask our visitors

to turn their backs...

...since there's an ashamed

crook present.

But when I turn around...

...I sure would like to see that knife.

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