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  • Actors: Alexandre Rodrigues, Matheus Nachtergaele, Leandro Firmino, Phellipe Haagensen, Douglas Silva
  • Directors: Fernando Meirelles, Kátia Lund
  • Writers: Bráulio Mantovani, Paulo Lins
  • Producers: Andrea Barata Ribeiro, Bel Berlinck, Daniel Filho, Donald Ranvaud
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Portuguese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Disney
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Sept. 2003
  • Run Time: 135 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (147 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008W64Q
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,663 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Using street kids straight from the Cidade de Deus slum outside Rio de Janeiro, Fernando Meirelles' film is based on actual events that happened in the slum. The story, revealed by Buscape - a street kid who decides to become a photojournalist when he discovers he is not cut out to become a villain - revolves around the shadowy world of drugs and the violence which increases with each generation. Li'l Ze has grown up to become a natural-born-killer and attempt to take over the drugs trade of the city. However, this sparks a turf war which is photographed by Buscape, making the war famous.

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Like cinematic dynamite, City of God lights a fuse under its squalid Brazilian ghetto, and we're a captive audience to its violent explosion. The titular favela is home to a seething army of impoverished children who grow, over the film's ambitious 20-year time frame, into cut-throat killers, drug lords and feral survivors. In the vortex of this maelstrom is L'il Z (Leandro Firmino da Hora--like most of the cast, a non-professional actor), self-appointed king of the dealers, determined to eliminate all competition at the expense of his corrupted soul. With enough visual vitality and provocative substance to spark heated debate (and box-office gold) in Brazil, codirectors Fernando Meirelles and Kátia Lund tackle their subject head on, creating a portrait of youthful anarchy so appalling--and so authentically immediate--that City of God prompted reforms in socioeconomic policy. It's a bracing feat of stylistic audacity, borrowing from a dozen other films to form its own unique identity. You'll flinch, but you can't look away. --Jeff Shannon

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jan on 31 July 2005
Format: DVD
I had wanted to see this movie for long time, and had heard about how good it was, and when I got the chance to watch it, I was blown away.
Set in the brutal City of God in the slums of Brazil, this is the story of how residents fight for their lives in this violent ghetto. It starts with the story of the Tender Trio who become legends in this slum, because of their stealing, but when "Lil Ze2 comes to town, people realize that they are just amateurs and brutal gang wars follow.
This is a very hard-hitting and violent film, and it contains a roller-coaster ride of emotions. You really care for some of the characters involved and truly hate others.
I strongly recommend this amazing film if you enjoy world cinema.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M L Cornfield on 12 Feb. 2004
Format: DVD
The film itself is a classic, obviously- but the DVD, empty of the usual extras like commentary, has a truly superb, hour long documentary on the brazillian favellas and their evolution into permanent war zones, using interviews from the perspectives of drug dealers, (the heavily armed and corrupt) police, and the residents. This makes it clear that the film does not exaggerate- in fact judging by some of the chilling interviews here it might have toned down some of the violence. The terrible conditions seem to produce psychopath after psychopath, and police and rival gangs are locked into continuous spirals of killing and revenge. This extra adds real moral weight to the film- the slums are maintained to keep the underclasses under control, and death is early and meaningless. It is a world which normal human emotions penetrate little if at all. Perhaps this is why the directors used a sensationalist style in the film. It seems to fit the excitement and pride the real gang members are taught to feel in killing; you are left with the feeling that the stories need to be told as they were/ are experienced.
Unexpected and revealing.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Anni on 10 Nov. 2010
Format: DVD
Recently, my venture to learn more about film and the history of Cinema has lead to world cinema and various other films that have glistening reviews. I decided to buy this DVD for many different reasons, mainly for personal satisfaction and to discuss it with other avid fans. My word was I impressed, not only is this one of the best movies I've ever seen, but has set a terrifying new scale for other films to beat, the acting is emotional and stunningly real despite the only actor being Carrot. The cinematography is perfect, there is absolutely nothing better than this in terms of realism. To finalise, a stunning movie that can be watched again and again which sums up modern World Cinema.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By austen67 on 20 April 2012
Format: DVD
the greatest film of all time ,brilliantly shot ,fantastic story ,action ,drama ,heart wrenching ,gut busting gangster flick set in the slums of rio ,the acting by the street kids was truly wonderful ,the fact that most of the actors really were street kids and residents of the favelas before being chosen for the film is incredible given how good the acting is ,cannot recommend it highly enough
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Terence Jones VINE VOICE on 14 July 2005
Format: DVD
This is a very good film, in fact i would rate it 4 out of 5, It's about a slum in Rio de Janeiro called City of God.
It follows (primarily) the life of 2 boys Rocket and Li'l Dice (later to rename himself L'il Ze) from the late 60's to the early eighties (a period of about 14 years).
In the slums the only way to survive is to take menial low paid work, or become a hoodlum.
Both Rocket and Dice's older brothers are part of the terrible trio - notorious local hoodlums and robbers. Dice and Rocket are not friends though, merely acquainteneces in the same area
Rocket stays in school to study while L'il Dice joins his brother as a hood. We follow both as Rocket struggles
with relationships while Li'l Dice turns himself and his friend Bene (the coolest hood in the slums) into the most feared hoods.
L'il Ze (as he's now calling himself) decides to take over the local drug trade by killing off the dealers
and taking their territories. So he does and stops the robberies plaguing his area in the process, to further enhance his grip as "the boss"
Meanwhile Rocket dreams of being a photographer having the only camera amoung his group of friends. he starts work at a local
newspaper as an errand boy and works himself up. Chance brings them into contact later when Ze, desperate for
publicity to publicise his name in a war with another dealer gets Rocket to take his picture this catapults Ze to the limelight he desires and unwittingly gets Rocket his first real start as a photographer.
Naturally violence is never far away and the film is as much about how the very poor survive and the police corruption rife in Brazil and how this touches the lives of all good and bad.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By shansu69 on 29 Sept. 2003
Format: DVD
I must admit this was an enigma for me i dont usually go for movies with subtitles but i am glad i did City of God set in the favelas or shanty towns of Rio de Janiero is one of the best films of 2003.Spanning about 10-15 years it shows a group of children growing up in the violence that is every day life where being shot and killed or arrested by the police is an everday occurance and it really is survival of the fittest.Filmed in a documentary stle with a largely non professional cast (the current movie Raising Victor Vargas uses the same method in a different type of movie),the unknowns give great performances as they grow up into adulthood and get swept up in the cycle of violence and killing that makes on eof the kids Lil Z into a feared gang leader and the number 1 drug dealer in the favela.This is a stark raw movie which some may find hard to watch and is ultra violent if you like the Goodfellas,or Scarface type of movie you will love this if you can get back the subtitles u are in for a treat.
Highly recommended.
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