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The Sandpit Generals (1971)

Inspired by the classic novel by Brazilian cultural icon Jorge Amado, this is the story of a gang of homeless children lead by Pedro Bala. Set in Bahia, the film follows the adventures of ... See full summary »

Director:

Hall Bartlett

Writers:

Jorge Amado (novel), Jorge Amado (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Juarez Santalvo Juarez Santalvo
Freddie Gedeon Freddie Gedeon ... Almiro
Ademir Da Silva Ademir Da Silva ... Big John
Guilherme Lamounier Guilherme Lamounier ... The Cat
Eliana Pittman Eliana Pittman ... Dalvah
Dorival Caymmi ... John Adam
Peter Nielsen Peter Nielsen ... Lollipop
Mark De Vries Mark De Vries ... Dry Turn
Butch Patrick ... No Legs
John Rubinstein ... Professor
Tisha Sterling ... Dora
Kent Lane Kent Lane ... Bullet
Alejandro Rey ... Fr. Jose Pedro
Aloysio Oliveira Aloysio Oliveira ... Chancellor
Lorrene Baker Lorrene Baker
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Storyline

Inspired by the classic novel by Brazilian cultural icon Jorge Amado, this is the story of a gang of homeless children lead by Pedro Bala. Set in Bahia, the film follows the adventures of Bala's gang of under aged outlaws as they steal, rape, find love, "capoeira" (a Brazilian form of martial arts) and African-Brazilian religion. Written by Cristian "Albator" Redferne <Harlock@prodigy.com>

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In the tradition of "Billy jack", the true story of BULLET... See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

August 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Wild Pack See more »

Filming Locations:

Bahia, Brazil

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The plural "Generals" is most likely incorrect. Have never found advertising other than singular "The Sandpit General". Distributed by AIP under the title "The Wild Pack", with runs in San Francisco in October 1972 and Chicago (January 5, 1973). Under the title "The Sandpit General", opened in Minneapolis November 14, 1975 and not distributed by AIP (perhaps self-distributed by Hall Bartlett?) Re-titling to "The Defiant" occurred in 1985. See more »

Connections

Version of Capitães da Areia (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

When I See a Star
Music by Dorival Caymmi
Lyrics by Louis Oliveira
Sung by Tisha Sterling
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American blockbuster , unknown in America
23 February 2005 | by yonicSee all my reviews

Greatest American hit movie in the Soviet Union in 70s-80s.One of my all-time favorite flicks. I still cry.I saw this movie twice in the mid 70s and I still can't get over how fascinating, touching and profoundly deep it was.The ending and the overall atmosphere haunt me to this day, to some degree thanks to the soundtrack which is out-worldly.All excellent-idea (classic novel by Brazilian cultural icon Jorge Amado), music of Dorival Caymmi and actor's work of Kent Lane and Alejandro Rey.The acting is strong, the narrative is compelling enough and its semi-documentary style direction is consistent and provides clarity and pace.


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