City Of God (Cidade de Deus)

City Of God (Cidade de Deus)

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Average of 4580 ratings: 3.8 Stars

2003 M Contains graphic violence,drug use and offensive language.

Fight and you'll never survive..... Run and you'll never escape.

Celebrated with international acclaim, this powerful true story of crime and redemption has won numerous awards including the American Film Institute's Audience Award and the Visions Award at the Toronto International Film Festival! The streets of the world's most notorious slum, Rio de Janeiro's City of God, are a place where combat photographers fear to tread, police rarely go and residents are lucky if they live to the age of 20. In the midst of the oppressive crime and violence, a frail and scared young boy will grow up to discover that he can view the harsh realities of his surroundings with a different eye: the eye of an artist. In the face of impossible odds, his brave ambition to become a professional photographer becomes a window into his world...and ultimately his way out!

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124 minutes
Buena Vista Home Entertainment

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Screen Format
1.85:1 Widescreen 16x9 Enhanced Transfer
English, English for the Hearing Impaired
Portuguese Dolby Digital 5.1

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5 by Stan

This is a great movie. Although the subject, violence and corruption in the favela (slums) of Rio de Janeiro, should be a depressing one, this movie manages to tell the story with style and even some... Read more

5 by liselite

absolutely stunning movie. well acted, well directed - a real non sentimental non

epic look at life in the brasilian favelas. not too focused on gory violence either- which was great.

5 by Mark_S

Speaking to a Brazilian friend, he confirms that parts of Rio are like this. A story well told, complex, many twists - and great music.

4 by Jman6

Amazing cinematography! This film is tightly scripted, deftly directed and fantastically put together in post. Some scenes are disturbing, but not out of place or superfluous. What an insightful, entertaining... Read more

3 by qofd

Quite astounding that people live like this. A very honest, very violent movie. Liked the way it started and ended in a full circle.

4 by Smiling dog

A powerful movie that I'll remember. Very violent - but thankfully not gratuitous because the movie has a good story line & the violence is an integral part of the 'setting'. Very tragic to see the 'childhood' of some!

4 by getdvds

This is a must see open your eyes movie!I watched this twice and the shock of the realality still haunts me.

4 by Clare24

Really brilliant filming style, Lock, Stock and 2 Smoking Barrels Latin style. Great movie, plot and script.

4 by Sharky6

Pretty depressing to see just how terrible the lives of some of the people in this world actually are, but a stunning movie nevertheless. I sat in a sort of dazed wonder at the approaches to life some... Read more

5 by sonyaw

Oh my god. This is so raw and hard hitting. It was almost painful to watch. But the charaters and the storyline are so well developed and portrayed. A must see, but be warned, your heart will be torn again and again and again.