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!
The length of the joint Lil Dice is smoking when he is hanging out with the Tender Trio changes size between shots.
During the end credits there is shown actual real-life footage of the real Mané Galinha, or Knockout-Ned as he is translated into in the American version of the film. This is in fact the same TV interview we see constructed in the film, and we can see that the filmmakers have copied this TV interview down to the smallest detail.
$541,996 (Brazil) (30 August 2002)
$7,563,397 (USA) (20 June 2004)
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