R | | Crime, Drama
Two boys growing up in a violent neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro take different paths: one becomes a photographer, the other a drug dealer.
The character of Buscapé was based on a composite of Paulo Lins, the author of the book "Cidade de Deus", and a childhood friend of his who dreamed of becoming a photographer.
Whoa, the chicken ran away. Get that chicken, dude!
When Li'l Zé makes Knockout Ned undress, Knockout Ned's shirt is already unbuttoned. But in the next shot we see him unbuttoning it.
There are no actor credits in the opening credits.
$541,996 (Brazil) (30 August 2002)
$7,563,397 (USA) (20 June 2004)
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