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The Burning Season: The Chico Mendes Story (1994)

The Burning Season (original title)
Based on the true story of a Brazilian rubber tapper who leads his people in protest against government and developers, who want to cut down their part of the rainforest for a new road and ... See full summary »

Director:

John Frankenheimer

Writers:

Andrew Revkin (novel), William Mastrosimone (story) | 3 more credits »
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Won 3 Golden Globes. Another 7 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Raul Julia ... Chico Mendes
Carmen Argenziano ... Alfredo Sezero
Sônia Braga ... Regina de Carvalho (as Sonia Braga)
Kamala Lopez ... Ilzamar (as Kamela Dawson)
Luis Guzmán ... Estate Boss
Nigel Havers ... Steven Kaye
Tomas Milian ... Darli Alves
Esai Morales ... Jair
Edward James Olmos ... Wilson Pinheiro
Tony Plana ... Galvao
Marco Rodríguez ... Tavora
Carlos Carrasco ... Helio
Jonathan Carrasco Jonathan Carrasco ... Genesio
Jeffrey Licon ... Young Chico Mendes
José Pérez José Pérez ... Moacir
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Storyline

Based on the true story of a Brazilian rubber tapper who leads his people in protest against government and developers, who want to cut down their part of the rainforest for a new road and ranch land. The rich and the powerful will stop at nothing, and frequently resort to murder. Written by Rob Hartill

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Genres:

Biography | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA | Mexico

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 September 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Burning Season: The Chico Mendes Story See more »

Filming Locations:

Mexico

Company Credits

Production Co:

HBO Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

When this was set up at WB as a major prestige project, David Puttnam wanted Andy Garcia to play the lead. See more »

Goofs

During the scene of Wilson Pinheiro's execution, the characters are watching a well-known moment from the TV series Vale Tudo. This wouldn't be possible since this series would only be released in 1988 while Pinheiro was killed in 1980. See more »

Quotes

Galvao: [on the news stories about Mendes campaigns around the world to save the forests] Chico, please. Do you really think this is in good taste? To embarrass your countrymen and your government in the eyes of the world?
Chico Mendes: [opening an envelope and putting on a table the bullets that killed Jair] Is it in good taste to put nine bullets in a man's body?
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Connections

Referenced in Rubber Jungle (1994) See more »

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A solid film
31 March 1999 | by jenhubbySee all my reviews

This movie is about more than the destruction of the Amazon Rain Forest in Brazil. It's also about the truimph of people who come together for a worthy cause. The Burning Season does a great job of communicating the passions of all involved. The corporate interests are a little stereotyped. But the movie's focus is on Chico and the lives of the rubber tappers. Their struggle is presented in a believable fashion.


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