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

City of God Damn! The chicken is gone!|Get her, mister!

If the picture is good|I will work in a newspaper.

You are playing with your life|for a photograph?

Do you think that I am in the mood|to see the f***ing gang?

The chicken, bro!

The chicken I told you, a**hole!

Get the chicken!

If Ze gets you,|you're dead.

He has to find me first.

Hey, kid! Get the chicken!

- The cops!|- Don't run!

Buttheads! Mothefuckers!

A photo might|have changed my life...

but in the City of God,|if you run you're dead...

...if you stay,|you're dead again.

It has always been like that|since I was a kid.

IN THE 60's

- You are so useless.|- Fetch the ball.

Hey, kid! Give me the ball.

You are not giving it to me?

F*** you.|What's your name?

Sorry, I forgot to introduce myself.

My name is Rocket.

Do not give the ball|to the kid, he stinks.

This is Hairy.

The story of the City of God|starts with him.

However, Hairy's story|is connected to the Mortes Trio story.

The truck is coming.|Why are you fooling around?


Trio Mortes|the legends of the City of God!



And Naive.

With them, Kid and|Benny, Hairy's brother.

I did not have enough courage|to go with my brother.

Come Naive!

Let's go!

Stop or I'll shoot,|f***ing a**hole.

Get out!

Quick, a**hole.|Give me the money!

Who wants gas?

Oh! You wanna die for money|that is not yours?

Lots of money here!

Damn! The cops!

Quickly!|They are everywhere!

Then, I thought that|Trio Mortes...

was the toughest gang |in Rio.

But they were just amateurs.

Even my bro, Naive.

Give these to dad|but do not tell him it's from me.

Hairy, come and see what I've got!

We came to the City of God|to find paradise.

Lots of people were homeless|due to the floods...

and the fire|they set in the ghetto.

They are going to bring electricity!

The big bosses, however,|didn't like the homeless.

Without electricity, without|roads, without buses.

The rich people...|They don't give a damn about us

It has nothing to do with the|Rio De Janeiro you see in postcards.

Do you think I am going to be|a lifeguard when I grow up?

I don't know.

It is better to be a|lifeguard than a fisherman.

I don't want to be a fisherman,|I will stink.

- Are you insulting your father?|- No.

- What do you want to become?

I sure don't want to be a gangster|or a cop.

I do not want to get killed.

Drop it, Kid.

Are you pointing a gun at me?

The kid is with me.

I am a gangster, too.

- Not many bottles in it.|- We rob trucks every day.

We have to hit a rich|house to get out of here.

No, you have to|follow my plan.

Look who's talking!

He is so stoned, he|doesn't know what he is talking about!

You are both not as|worthy as the kid.

What are you thinking, Kid?

The gun doesn't make you a robber.|You need ideas.

The kid had ideas.

Is this the Motel?

We get the money and leave.|No killings!

- Give it to me.|- Leave me alone!

Don't you give this|sh*t to me!

You're acting like a baby.

- Here's yours.|- Awesome!

Do not be hasty. You're staying here|as look-out.

If you see cops,|shoot that window.

Why doesn't he stay as the look-out?

This was my plan.|He is good for nothing!

Ok, you had the idea.|But you're just a kid!

Cover us.

Your turn is going to come.|Don't be so hasty.

Stay here.

This is a hold up, b*tch.

You should be at school|or at work.

You do not look like robbers.

Shut up, b*tch!

Ok, Snatcher?

Are we going in?

- I did not order anything.|- It's on the house! Your money!

Take it easy. All I want is your money.

Hey, pal!|What is this mess?

Are you a church boy?

Give it to me!

You are old, and ugly.

Do you want to f*** 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 a**hole!|- 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 n*ggers 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.

Sh*t, 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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