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City of God (2003)

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Format: DVD
Sku: 220562160
UPC: 031398137269
UPC 14: 00031398137269
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Editor's Note
Youth gangs took over the slums of Rio de Janiero during the 1960s and didn't relinquish their stronghold until the mid-1980s. Only a sucker wouldn't have turned to crime and this is exactly how naive teen Rocket (Alexandre Rodrigues) views himself. His attempts in illegal activity fail as he finds potential victims too friendly. Equally unsuccessful in love, he regularly fails to lose his virginity. Blood spills throughout the streets of the Ciudad de Deus as gang leader Li'l Ze (Leandro Firmino da Hora) is challenged by local druglords and a gang of pre-teens known as the Runts. Rocket shoots all of this action with his weapon of choice, a camera.

Director Fernando Meirelles combines visual flashiness with dark history in telling the story of three decades of unrest in underground Rio de Janiero. Technically flawless, the Brazilian film uses a rapid-cutting style to flash back and forth in time. Cinematographer Cesar Charlone shoots with an overexposed glow in a film that may seem numb to violence, but reveres photography. Director Meirelles was assisted by Katia Lund, a filmmaker who had previously shot in the Rio ghettos.


Video Features DVD, Widescreen, English, Subtitled, Spanish, French, Dolby Digital (5.1), Dolby, Digital Audio

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Lions Gate
Video Release Date Release Date: 9/9/2014
Video Play Time Running Time: 130 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2003
Video UPC UPC: 00031398137269
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks:
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Gera Camilo
Video Cast Info Graziela Moretto
Video Cast Info Leandro Firmino da Hora
Video Cast Info Karina Falcao
Video Cast Info Roberta Rodriguez Silvia
Video Cast Info Renato de Souza
Video Cast Info Alexandre Rodrigues
Video Cast Info Seu Jorge
Video Cast Info Matheus Nachtergaele
Video Cast Info Braulio Mantovani - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info César Charlone - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Paulo Lins - Source Writer
Video Cast Info Andrea Barata Ribeiro - Producer
Video Cast Info Mauricio Andrade Ramos - Producer
Video Cast Info Fernando Meirelles - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Fernando Meirelles - Director
Video Cast Info Katia Lund - Director

Professional Reviews

New York Times
"...CITY OF GOD conveys the authenticity of a cinema verite scrapbook..." 01/17/2003 p.E13

USA Today
"Brazilian director Fernando Meirelles manages a style simultaneously gritty and slick for CITY OF GOD....Even action fans averse to subtitles might do well to check this one out..." 01/17/2003 p.16D

Rolling Stone
"...Meirelles is a world-class talent who illuminates every frame of this fresh, ferocious and indelibly moving film. CITY OF GOD has the scent of a classic..." 02/06/2003 p.68

Entertainment Weekly
"...CITY OF GOD pulses with atmosphere and vibrates with authenticity..." 01/24/2003 p.76

Box Office
"...Uncompromising in its realism....Exhilarating movie-making....It's a remarkable achievement..." 01/01/2003 p.54

Movieline's Hollywood Life
"...We're exhilarated by the sheer filmmaking brio on display here. Mereilles and Lund weave all the strands of the story together with breathtaking ease..." 02/01/2003 p.38-9

Los Angeles Times
"CITY OF GOD is a potent and unexpected mixture of authenticity and flash..." 01/17/2003 p.C1

"[A] stunning, powerful drama..." 03/01/2004 p.100-2

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