DVD (Wide Screen)

Product Details

Release Date: 09/21/2004
UPC: 0043396019430
Original Release: 2003
Rating: R
Source: Sony Pictures
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 2:25:00

Special Features

Director's commentary; Deleted scenes; The Making of Carandiru; Historical footage

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Luis Carlos Vasconcelos Doctor
Milhem Cortaz Dagger
Milton Goncalves Chico
Ivan de Almeida Ebony
Ailton Graca Highness
Maria Luiza Mendonca Dalva
Rodrigo Santoro Lady Di
Caio Blat Actor
Aida Lerner Rosirene
Gero Camilo Too Bad
Nelson Machado Actor
Lazaro Ramos Actor

Technical Credits
Hector Babenco Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Andre Abujamra Score Composer
Mauro Alice Editor
Fernando Bonassi Screenwriter
Clovis Bueno Production Designer
Cristina Camargo Costumes/Costume Designer
Walter Carvalho Cinematographer
Daniel Filho Associate Producer
Vivian Golombek Casting
Fabiano Gullane Co-producer
Victor Navas Screenwriter
Romeu Quinto Sound/Sound Designer
Flavio R. Tambellini Co-producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start [:08]
2. Dagger [1:14]
3. Mr. Pires [8:47]
4. The Doctor [2:33]
5. Ebony [7:33]
6. Lady Di [7:14]
7. Deusdete [1:38]
8. Highness [2:12]
9. Zico [12:44]
10. Chico [3:31]
11. The Franci Factor [2:23]
12. Asking Permission to Kill [10:47]
13. Antonio & Miro [1:13]
14. Rita Cadillac [8:17]
15. Visiting Day [2:51]
16. Dalva & Rosirene [3:18]
17. A Message for a Friend [5:41]
18. Dirceu's Family Blessings [3:12]
19. HIV Negative [3:03]
20. "You're Too Crazy, Zico!" [5:31]
21. The Wedding [3:33]
22. Account Closed [2:30]
23. Seeing Ghosts [5:06]
24. The Pavilion 9 Finals [5:47]
25. All Hell Breaks Loose [5:25]
26. Detention Center Massacre [6:36]
27. Davilson [11:45]
28. Epilogue [3:09]

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Carandiru 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This film is amazing, if you love City of God you will love this film as well
Guest More than 1 year ago
CARANDIRU is in every sense of the term an Epic film: based on a novel by a physician who wrote of his experiences in the largest prison in South America (Carandiru housed 7000 inmates in Sao Paulo, Brazil before its implosion in 2002), it documents the barely known Carandiru Massacre of 1992; it examines the individual lives, psyches, and social behaviors of prisoners in a vastly more comprehensive manner than any other film about prisons; it captures on film the squalor and tragedy and even comedy of a segregated male population who must find a means to live despite the deprivation of prison life. Hector Babenco ('Pixote', 'Kiss of the Spider Woman', etc) has written a screenplay based on the novel 'Esatacao Carandiru' by Drauzio Varella, the physician who was drawn into the drama of Carandiru after his initial academic foray into gathering blood samples from the prisoners for his work on the epidemiology of AIDS. As portrayed with great tenderness by Luis Carlos Vasconcelos, the doctor becomes father confessor to the men within the squalid walls of Carandiru, gradually unveiling the secret pasts of the prisoners - their backgrounds, their reasons for incarceration, their modes of behavioral adaptation to life in the vast structures of Carandiru. Babenco has cast this enormous crew of prisoners with actors who are so fine that they offer some of the finest character cameos on film: Ivan de Almeida ('Ebony') is the prisoner gatekeeper who wisely controls the comings and goings of the men; Lazaro Ramos ('Ezequiel') is but one of the drug addicts whose dependence on drugs is far from his pre-prison life as a well-known surfer; Caio Blat ('Deusdete') and Wagner Maura ('Zico') grew up as orphaned brothers only to be joined later by separate crimes as roommates in Carandiru; Milton Goncalves ('Chico') provides the doctor with first-class medical assistance while falling in love with ( and marrying) 'Lady Di' (in a breakthrough role of the gifted actor Rodrigo Santoro, whose roles in 'The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone', 'Behind the Sun', and even 'Charlie's Angels - Full Throttle' show promise of a very important screen presence), and many, many more. The cast includes both female and male actors (Carandiru has visiting days when families can see the prisoners) and without exception, each role is etched into the canvas that is Carandiru in an extraordinary fashion. The point of the film seems to be a prelude to the last thirty minutes that very graphically depicts the riot and massacre of 111 prisoners by the prison's riot squad. But it is the scope of humanity examined by Babenco that creates our identification with the victims and survivors of this tragedy. Extra features on the DVD include deleted scenes, each of which is so fine that it seems a shame they landed on the cutting room floor, and a series of scenes being filmed showing Babenco in action as a director - certainly some of the more tender interactions between directors and actors on film as well as an insight into the way in which directors communicate their vision (and achieve it) through the filming process. There are also interviews with author Varella who has important asides about the adaptation of his bookThe musical score is hauntingly appropriate, the camera work is some of the best you'll see in today's cinema, and the overall effect after the film is over is one of awe and respect for the director and the actors and the indictment of prison life to which we rarely have access. A brilliant motion picture, worth more than Five Stars!