City of God (2002)

Director: Fernando Meirelles, Kátia Lund (co-director) Cinematographer: César Charlone
 City of God (2002) on IMDb

With a plot loosely based on real events, the film depicts the growth of the slum gangs in the Cidade de Deus suburb of Rio, with the closure of the film depicting the war between the drug dealer Li’l Zé and bus driver turned criminal Knockout Ned. With an authentically gritty feel, helped by the use of a mainly amateur cast from local favelas, and brilliant energised story telling, City of God is one of the most compelling studies of the irresistibility of criminality and violence for youths who have little in the way of life choices. While some critics denounced the visceral and shocking violence for being shot with entertainment in mind, it is never without purpose and few could argue that the film is not a remarkable technical achievement.

Buy or Rent (watch online)
City Of God /City Of Men – Double Feature [Blu-ray]
DVD + Digital
City of God: 10 Years Later (Buy or Rent, watch online)
USA Movie Poster (24″ x 36″ (61cm x 91.5cm)
20×24 Double Matted Black Ornate Framed Movie Poster Art Print




  • Buscapé (“Firecracker”) Rocket Alexandre Rodrigues (adult) Luis Otávio (child)
  • Zé Pequeno (“Little Joe” “Lil Zé”) childhood: Dadinho (“Little Eddy” “Lil Dice”) Leandro Firmino da Hora (adult) Douglas Silva (child)
  • Bené (“Benny”) Phellipe Haagensen (adult) Michel de Souza (child)
  • Sandro, nicknamed Cenoura (“Carrot”) Matheus Nachtergaele
  • Mané Galinha (“Chicken Manny”) Knockout Ned Seu Jorge
  • Cabeleira (“Long Hair”) Shaggy Jonathan Haagensen
  • Marreco (“Garganey”) Goose Renato de Souza
  • Alicate (“Pliers”) Clipper Jefechander Suplino
  • arbantinho (“Little twine”) Stringy Edson Oliveira (adult)
    Emerson Gomes (child)
  • Angélica Alice Braga
  • Tiago Daniel Zettel
  • Filé com Fritas (“Steak with Fries”) Darlan Cunha
  • Charles, nicknamed Tio Sam (“Uncle Sam”) Charles Paraventi
  • Marina Cintra Graziella Moretto
  • Touro (“Bull”) Luiz Carlos Ribeiro Seixas
  • Cabeção (“Big Head”) Melonhead Maurício Marques
  • Lampião (“Lantern”) Thiago Martins
  • Marcos Junqueira Otávio

Directed by Fernando Meirelles, Kátia Lund (co-director)
Produced by Andrea Barata Ribeiro, Mauricio Andrade Ramos
Screenplay by Bráulio Mantovani, Based on ‘City of God’ by Paulo Lins
Music by Antonio Pinto, Ed Côrtes
Cinematography César Charlone
Edited by Daniel Rezende
Running time 130 minutes
Country Brazil
Language Portuguese

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