Bus 174

Bus 174

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Director: José Padilha

Cast: José Padilha, Yvonne Bezerra de Mello, Rodrigo Pimentel

     
 

In June of 2000, a young homeless man, evidently high on drugs, made a failed attempt to rob a bus in a wealthy Rio de Janeiro neighborhood. When his plans went awry, the young man, Sandro do Nascimento, armed with a pistol, took the bus passengers hostage. Soon, cops and reporters surrounded the bus. A SWAT team arrived. About four hours later, the incident came to a… See more details below

Overview

In June of 2000, a young homeless man, evidently high on drugs, made a failed attempt to rob a bus in a wealthy Rio de Janeiro neighborhood. When his plans went awry, the young man, Sandro do Nascimento, armed with a pistol, took the bus passengers hostage. Soon, cops and reporters surrounded the bus. A SWAT team arrived. About four hours later, the incident came to a horrific and tragic end. Filmmaker José Padilha's documentary, Bus 174, explores the events of that day. The film uses a great deal of file footage of the event, in addition to interviews with hostages, policemen, reporters, and others connected to the incident and to the unstable and desperate young man at its center. The filmmakers explore social conditions in the city, along with the personal traumas that led Sandro to his desperate act. As a child, Sandro had witnessed the brutal murder of his mother, and had subsequently found himself on the streets at an early age. In 1993, he survived the infamous massacre of homeless youths at Candelária, which is widely thought to have been committed by police officers. Sandro was also imprisoned at a youth facility, and in a city jail, and the appalling conditions in those prisons are also depicted in the film. Bus 174 was shown at New Directors/New Films in 2003.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Josh Ralske
Bus 174 is an intensely powerful and insightful documentary that explores the conditions that led to an armed siege on a Rio bus in June of 2000, and, through the use of stunning news footage, depicts the event itself in painstaking detail. Apparently modeled after Kevin Macdonald's "documentary thriller," One Day in September, Bus 174 pulls out all the stops, using ominous music and camera effects to create an air of menace and dread. There's a brilliant opening helicopter shot, soaring over Rio de Janeiro's beaches and wealthy neighborhoods before plunging from a lush forest into the squalor of a huge favela. The film works because all of the technique serves an incredible story. As we watch the crisis unfolds, filmmaker José Padilha examines every aspect of the situation, from the incompetence of the police to the mindset of the young women who were held hostage on the bus. Most importantly, he provides the context for gunman Sandro do Nascimento's desperate act. Bus 174 uncovers the dark underside of Rio's social fabric, uncovering the crime, poverty, racism, and brutality that put do Nascimento in a position where he felt that he had no way out. Fast-paced, insightful, and powerful--a fitting companion piece to Fernando Meirelles' City of God--Bus 174 is the work of a filmmaker, not only of tremendous talent, but also of conscience.
Washington Post
By the end, you realize you've seen an extraordinary movie, easily one of the best of the year. Desson Thomson
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert
If you have seen the masterful 2002 Brazilian film City of God or the 1981 film Pixote, both about the culture of Rio's street people, then Bus 174 plays like a sad and angry real-life sequel.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/20/2004
UPC:
0829567011126
Original Release:
2002
Rating:
R
Source:
Virgil Films
Region Code:
1
Time:
2:00:00

Special Features

The making of Bus 174; Additional interviews

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Credits [5:52]
2. The Hostage Taker [5:20]
3. Hostages [4:19]
4. The Commander Arrives [2:25]
5. A Street Kid [8:42]
6. Candelaria Church [7:37]
7. Morning of the Massacre [3:00]
8. Catholic University [4:21]
9. Juvenile Delinquent Reformatory [8:42]
10. The Police Options [2:01]
11. Geisa and Damiana [4:32]
12. The Governor's Decision [3:45]
13. The 26th Precinct [4:50]
14. Nova Holanda Slum [3:28]
15. Negotiations Carry On [1:20]
16. Any Jail in Rio [13:01]
17. Establishing a Relationship [3:02]
18. Boa Vista [7:58]
19. Getting off the Bus [4:01]
20. Forgiveness [14:10]
21. Closing Credits [5:03]

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