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The Battle of Canudos (1997)

Guerra de Canudos (original title)
The drama of a poor family in the bloodiest war in the History of Brazil: the war of Canudos.

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Sergio Rezende
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Cast

Credited cast:
José Wilker ... Antônio Conselheiro
Cláudia Abreu Cláudia Abreu ... Luíza
Paulo Betti Paulo Betti ... Zé Lucena
Marieta Severo ... Penha
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tuca Andrada ... Arimatéia
Camilo Beviláqua Camilo Beviláqua ... Solano
Roberto Bomtempo Roberto Bomtempo ... Pedro
José de Abreu José de Abreu ... General Artur Oscar
Eliezer de Almeida Eliezer de Almeida ... Beatinho
Jurandir de Oliveira Jurandir de Oliveira ... Firmino
Lamartine Ferreira Lamartine Ferreira ... Quirino
Murilo Grossi Murilo Grossi ... Antonio
Dandara Guerra Dandara Guerra ... Teresa
José Marinho José Marinho ... Barão de Cocobodó
Selton Mello ... Tenente Luís
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Based on the true story of the tragic war of Canudos in the late 1890's. The newly born Republic has brought nothing but oppression and discomfort to the poor people of the rural areas of northeastern Brazil. The separation of church and state and the imposition of abusive taxes, among other measures, made this people think that the Republic was the Anti-Christ. Guided by a religious leader, Antonio "Conselheiro" (Counselor) a group of countrymen established a community where the Republic rules wouldn't bother them. But the Republic sent the Brazilian Army to destroy the settlement, starting the bloodiest war ever fought in Brazil. Written by Pedro Mir Mesejo <pedromir@codetel.net.do>

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Taglines:

For hundred years Brazil waits for this film.

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Drama | History | War

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Country:

Brazil

Language:

Portuguese

Release Date:

3 October 1997 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

The Battle of Canudos See more »

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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)
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Color
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Trivia

Daniel Alves: The Barcelona and Brazilian National team defender has an uncredited appearance, as a soldier, at the age of 16. Then, he lived in Bahia, where the film has been turned. See more »

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References Black God, White Devil (1964) See more »

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Grandiose Brazilian Epic
25 March 2000 | by GMeleJrSee all my reviews

The film tagline reads (in my English translation). "Brazil has been waiting for this film for a hundred years." Well, while the events depicted in the film did take place a little over 100 years before, the film-going public wasn't anxiously waiting for this tragic matter to be retold. Having said that, the film is a major player in the so-called "Renaissance of Brazilian cinema." It does deal with one of the most tragic events in the country's history, and tells the story exceedingly well. Featuring an outstanding cast, and directed by the respected Sergio Rezende, this movie when released was the best example to date that Brazil was indeed capable of producing a quality full-blown epic film with convincing drama, emotion, rhythm, and great cinematic beauty. Highly recommended for those who enjoy historical epics.


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