R | | Crime, Drama
In the slums of Rio, two kids' paths diverge as one struggles to become a photographer and the other a kingpin.
In the English-subtitled version, Mané Galinha is instead called "Knockout Ned". "Mané Galinha" means "Chicken Manuel" in Portuguese, and he got that nickname because his real name is Manuel and he stole chickens. In the US, however, "chicken" is slang for "coward". To avoid that connotation, the name "Knockout Ned" was created because "knockout" refers to how handsome he was as compared to the "ugly" Little Zé.
Whoa, the chicken ran away. Get that chicken, dude!
Whenever Tio Sam is in the apartment to sell Ze Pequeno the weapons, he inquires whether or not Ze has seen a mini Ruger, which is the same caliber of an M-16, inaccessible in Brazil. Ze shows no interest or knowledge of the Ruger, though he is shown holding up one just like it whenever Buscape is taking photos of the gang.
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.
The brief orgy scene in the brothel killing sequence was edited out of the version screened in Singapore, despite the movie's R(A) rating (for 21 year olds and older).
$541,996 (Brazil) (30 August 2002)
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