Bus 174 (Onibus 174) (2002)

by Jose Padilha & Felipe Lacerda

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Bus 174 (Portuguese: Ônibus 174) is a Brazilian documentary film released on October 22, 2002. It is the debut film of director José Padilha and co-director Felipe Lacerda. Sandro do Nascimento, a young man from a poor background, bungled a robbery and ended up holding the passengers on a bus hostage for four hours. The event was caught live on television. The movie examines the incident and what life is like in the slums and favelas of Rio de Janeiro and how the criminal justice system in Brazil treats the lower classes. Within the film, Padilha interviews former and current street children, members of the Rio police force, the highly regarded Rio BOPE police team, family members, and sociologists in order to gain insight about what led Nascimento to carry out the hijacking.

People Involved

Sandro, Julieta (Aunt), Dova Elza (Adopted mother), Janaina (Hostage), Willians (Hostage), Lucianna (Hostage), Luciana (Hostage), Daviana (Hostage), Geisa (Hostage), Soaies (Sociologist), Yvonne (Social Worker)


Since the film's release, it has gained worldwide critic acclaim. It was voted "one of the ten best films of the year" by The New York Times. It has won over 23 prizes worldwide, including an Emmy Award for Outstanding Cultural & Artistic Programming in 2005 (after being shown on HBO/Cinemax with great success), and the Amnesty Award in the Netherlands.

With 72 reviews written, Bus 174 achieved a rare 100% critics rating at Rotten Tomatoes.

Source: Wikipedia


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