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Four Days in September (1997)

O Que é Isso, Companheiro? (original title)
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Brazillian urban guerrilla fighters kidnap the American Ambassador. Now, the diplomat's life hangs in the balance - helplessly caught between a government unwilling to cooperate - and his fear of the captors themselves.

Director:

Bruno Barreto

Writers:

Fernando Gabeira (novel), Leopoldo Serran
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Arkin ... Charles Burke Elbrick
Fernanda Torres ... Maria
Pedro Cardoso Pedro Cardoso ... Fernando Gabeira / Paulo
Luiz Fernando Guimarães Luiz Fernando Guimarães ... Marcão
Cláudia Abreu Cláudia Abreu ... Reneé
Nelson Dantas Nelson Dantas ... Toledo
Matheus Nachtergaele Matheus Nachtergaele ... Jonas
Marco Ricca Marco Ricca ... Henrique
Maurício Gonçalves Maurício Gonçalves ... Brandão
Caio Junqueira ... Julio
Selton Mello ... Oswaldo
Eduardo Moscovis ... Artur
Caroline Kava ... Elvira Elbrick
Fisher Stevens ... Mowinkel
Fernanda Montenegro ... Dona Margarida
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Storyline

Fernando, a journalist, and his friend César join terrorist group MR8 in order to fight Brazilian dictatorial regime during the late sixties. Cesare, however, is wounded and captured during a bank hold up. Fernando then decides to kidnap the American ambassador in Brazil and ask for the release of fifteen political prisoners in exchange for his life. Written by Salvatore Santangelo <pappagone2@libero.it>

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Their goal: freedom. Their only hope: an international incident. Their target: the American ambassador.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some language and violence | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Fernando Gabeira, now a former politician and a very famous newsman, took part in the action, was arrested and exiled. He wrote the book in which the movie is based on and he was the character of Pedro Cardoso. At the time the movie was nominated to the Oscar, he was a Federal Congressman and, in spite of everything, he was not allowed to go to USA to take part in the party because 30 years before he had taken part in the kidnapping of an American Ambassador. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 16 mins) Shortly before 8:30 PM on the final day, late in the countdown to 10:00 PM, Maria's watch clearly shows the hands at approximately 9:32. See more »

Quotes

[about Maria, the leader of MR-8]
Fernando Gabeira: She either wants to fuck me or fuck me over.
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Connections

References Black God, White Devil (1964) See more »

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Madalena foi pro mar
Written by Chico Buarque
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Great movie recording Brazilian history
4 July 2005 | by pat_miranda_03See all my reviews

Four days in September is not supposed to be funny, predictable, or boring. It is a piece of Brazilian history from the 60's and based on real events. Those dark years of Brazilian history are not supposed to be fun. It was certainly not boring either. For those who admire different cultures it is a great movie and a great introduction to contemporary Brazilian history. It starts with Girl from Ipanema and lots of images of a country that was enjoying itself in the years before the military coup. Leila Diniz, Bossa Nova, all was allowed before the military coup in 1964 and hence compose the first scenes of the movie. Characters are based on real participants of the kidnapping and Fernando Gabeira (Paulo) is still engaged in politics in Brazil. It's also worth noting that Fernanda Montenegro (Dona Margarida) and Fernanda Torres (andreia/Maria) (mother and daugther in real life) are both in this movie. It's a great piece for those who are willing to learn a little bit more about an amazing country that is Brazil.


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Official Sites:

Miramax

Country:

Brazil | USA

Language:

Portuguese | English

Release Date:

30 January 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$32,017, 1 February 1998

Gross USA:

$397,517

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$397,517
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Dolby SR

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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