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Pixote [DVD] [1981] [Region 1] [NTSC]


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  • Actors: Fernando Ramos da Silva, Jorge Julião, Gilberto Moura, Edilson Lino, Zenildo Oliveira Santos
  • Directors: Hector Babenco
  • Format: Colour, DVD-Video, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: Portuguese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: New Yorker Video
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Jun. 2001
  • Run Time: 127 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000056PNB
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 137,333 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Iain Wright on 15 May 2003
Format: VHS Tape
The story of an eight year old Brazilian Street Boy and his efforts to survive with his friends. There are scenes of brutal institutionalised homosexual rape in the boys so called reformatory, drug/substance use, implied slavery/prostitution and a certain amount of nudity. The boys use their bodies in the same way that they see drugs, i.e. as a commodity for making money although few characters are actually gay, apart from one of the leading boys. The film is uncompromising in every way, occasionally funny, sometimes erotic, often disturbing but always moving. The closing scenes where Pixote attempts to suckle a prostitute and his final exit have caused me to shed more tears than any other film I have ever seen.
A tragic sequel and possibly even consequence of the film is that the young star was later (allegedly) assassinated by the Brazilian Police for his part in exposing the corruption prevalent at the time.
What earned the fifth star is that the film makes no judgements, moral or otherwise. It observes and records dispassionately and allows the viewer to make judgements for himself. Don't watch without a handkerchief!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By schumann_bg TOP 50 REVIEWER on 20 Mar. 2012
Format: DVD
This film bears witness to a terrible reality in Brazilian life which one can only hope has improved, namely the plight of street kids who get involved in drugs and prostitution and spend their time in and out of reformatories where they are treated abominably, and, in the instance shown in this film, murdered by the people who are supposed to be looking after them. It is very engaged filmmaking and it must have done some good for the situation to be given the exposure this film gives. It is, along with Milk and Silkwood, one of the most compelling political films I have seen, and the opening sequence with Babenco talking to camera puts it in this context. There is a heartbreaking sequence where a boy is virtually killed by the guards and is lamented hysterically by his very feminine boyfriend. All this feeling in such young boys, destroyed and not given any chance of a happy life, leaves a lasting impression on the viewer, and after they leave the reformatory the four main characters seem to end up even worse off. The erotic aspect of some of the scenes may account for why it has not been made available in Britain on DVD, but it is a great pity because it is a vital film and it shows every aspect of the lives it presents even at the risk of bringing out a certain voyeurism. In the end you just have to think, so what? It's just another aspect of our response to the visual world which isn't consciously avoided. It's all in there mixed up together, which is why I say that it has a kind of cinematic grandeur. The sense of place is very strongly caught, and by the end you feel you have been through something as multifaceted as life itself, that requires a number of viewings. It really does cast cinema in a noble light.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Williams on 20 April 2009
Format: DVD
If you enjoy Brazillian cinema you will love this film. very gritty & shows what Brazil was like in the early 1980's for street kids.

A real shame that the actor who played Pixote was so tragically killed in real life.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Dec. 2003
Format: DVD
This was made before the days of "political correctness" and shows life as it really is in a South American institution for boys. The harsh reality of the new boy to the dorm being buggered, the showers and what the boys say and do, the casual cruelty of the staff, the protection rackets, the beatings and the deaths. Moments of joy, moments of despair. Not for everyone, but nevertheless a great film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Buzios on 22 Mar. 2014
'Pixote - A Lei do Mais Fraco' which was made in 1981 but the subject matter is just as relevant today.
'Pixote...' (pronounced peeshot) is very well known in Brazil but unfortunately less known elsewhere. I first saw it on NTSC format as it was difficult to obtain but no it is here on Amazon. I had heard of the film some time ago but when I finally saw it I was overwhelmed.

The film is directed by Hector Babenco, probably best known to English speaking audiences for 'Kiss of the Spider Woman' which was far from his best work (i.e this). The subtitle of the film literally means 'the law of the weakest' and here Babenco presents us with a harrowing and all too realistic portrayal of the life of a Brazilian street child.
Pixote (Fernando Ramos Da Silva) is a 10 year old boy who is taken from the streets of Sao Paulo by the police along with a group of other boys. A judge has been murdered and the street children are always picked up as suspects. However, Brazilian law states that nobody under 18 can be tried as an adult so those accused are simply thrown into reformatories as punishment without trial.

The hell that is the reformatory forces Pixote to become tougher just to survive. On his first night he witnesses the rape of another boy. His hair is shaved off and he smokes dope for solace with his friend Fumaca. In the reformatory the boys watch violent TV shows and act out planned robberies. Another boy, the homosexual Lilica, is accused of the judge's murder but refuses to admit to a crime he did not commit. A group of the boys are forced to attend a staged identification parade and Fumaca is accused of the murder. Fumaca is returned to the dormitory later having been so badly beaten that he dies of his injuries. His body is dumped on a rubbish tip.
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