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Four Days in September
Four Days in September
Actors: Alan Arkin, Pedro Cardoso, Fernanda Torres, Luiz Fernando Guimarães, Cláudia Abreu
Director: Bruno Barreto
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
R     2003     1hr 50min

This captivating thriller -- based on extraordinary true-life events -- was honored with an Academy Award(R) nomination! Political terrorists, in a desperate bid to focus the world's attention on their fight for freedom, k...  more »


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Actors: Alan Arkin, Pedro Cardoso, Fernanda Torres, Luiz Fernando Guimarães, Cláudia Abreu
Director: Bruno Barreto
Creators: Adair Roberto Carneiro, Cristina Cirne, Lucy Barreto, Lucíola Vilella, Luiz Carlos Barreto, Fernando Gabeira, Leopoldo Serran
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Miramax
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 04/08/2003
Original Release Date: 01/30/1998
Theatrical Release Date: 01/30/1998
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 1hr 50min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 4
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English, Portuguese

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Member Movie Reviews

Brad S. (Snibot) from DALLAS, TX
Reviewed on 4/1/2010...
Powerful film, and thought provoking.

This is based on actual events that happened during the dictatorship in Brazil. The novelist is also our main character Fernando Gabeira. Alan Arkin puts forth one of his finest performances in this film. The rest of the cast are all stars from Brazil, and fluent in English (though there isn't much of it.) All of the cast are simply outstanding.

The direction is wonderful, they really do a good job of putting you in time, and you actually get a fairly good feel of what a dictatorship is like. We get to hear and see so much about the Nazis and the Holocaust and so little of the other horrors that occurred (and some still occurring) around the world. This movie will show you something you have never seen before (if you don't have any background in the history of South America.)

A tidbit of trivia, Fernando Gabeira was supposed to come to the US for the Oscars, but he was denied his visa ... he is considered a terrorist by the US government.

Movie Reviews

An intelligent and moving historical drama
Michael J. Mazza | Pittsburgh, PA USA | 06/08/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Brazil, 1969. The country is under the control of an oppressive military regime. A group of idealistic students join an underground revolutionary group in protest. Out of this climate of paranoia and violence, a bold plan is conceived: a plot to kidnap the U.S. ambassador to Brazil. This true story forms the basis for the excellent film "Four Days in September," directed by Bruno Barreto.I have seen many historical films, and this is one of the best. There are no cardboard heroes or villains in this film; there are lots of moral shades of gray. Are these students terrorists or freedom fighters? Is the ambassador an innocent victim, or an ally of oppressive forces? Leopoldo Serran's intelligent script is based on Fernando Gabeira's book "O Que E Isso, Companhiero?" The dialogue offers thought-provoking insights into the minds of the individuals involved in these events. The cast gives universally superb performances; particularly impressive is veteran U.S. actor Alan Arkin as Ambassador Charles Elbrick. The film as a whole is well complemented by a memorable musical soundtrack. Barreto's direction is both suspenseful and sensitive. Whether you are interested in Latin American history or just enjoy a well-made drama, I highly recommend this film."
Watch this movie: 60's in Brazil must not be forgotten
Márcio Padilha | Twin Falls, ID, USA | 08/23/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I think this movie was fantastic, but, first of all, in order to understand it, one must watch it trying to understand the socio-political reality of that time in Brazil. I was born in Porto Alegre, Brazil in 1970 and lived there until 1995 and as a Brazilian Citizen who went through a part of the historical period shown in that movie, I must say I thought it was sad such a thing happened and even sadder the fact "Four Days in September" portrays a true story. However, I must also say that I am very happy that the Dictatorship Period, which started to be extremely harsh in Brazil during the 60's, has not been thrown into an old trunk of things to be forgotten. It is fantastic that we Brazilians are striving to keep those memories alive until all the shadows of that period be completely gone. Also, I must confess I thought it to be even greater that the originality of one young man, "Fernando Gabeira", and the courage and audacy of a few other young "Comrades" were able to bend the Dictatorial Military structure of Brazil so fast. A big kiss on all involved with this project, specially to "Cláudia Abreu" who has been on my mind since she played "Heloísa" in "Anos Rebeldes", a Brazilian TV Series on the Brazilian Military Dictatorship Period as well. May we never forget the 60's so they cannot ever come back! Valeu, gente! Márcio Padilha"
A great movie in spite of some minor inaccuracies
Emilio Dreyer Pacheco | Porto Alegre, Brazil | 05/31/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This movie faced a lot of criticism in Brazil for the liberties it took with history. Some criticism dates back to the publication of Fernando Gabeira's book, mainly the fact that Gabeira's importance in the kidnapping is overplayed. Other survivors from the operation claim he did not write the note to the press, as the movie shows. Also, a girl did try to get information from the Ambassador's security man, but she did not spend the night with him (and those who like to spot errors may notice the fact that he calls her by her code name, René, even though she introduced herself by a different name). And one just has to read other books about those days in Brazil to realize most torturers were sick animals, not guilt-ridden human beings like the guy in the movie.In spite of all these flaws, the movie still works admirably as a snapshot of an era. I understand it was rather easy to sell this movie to the international market because Alan Arkin is in it and the event it is based on involved the kidnapping of an American ambassador. But it would be great if people all over the world could also see another movie titled "Pra Frente Brasil". The story is fictitious but inspired by actual facts: while the 1970 World Cup is taking place and the whole Brazilian population is glued to television sets, a guy is captured by mistake and tortured to death by the police. Brazil won that World Cup, so the whole country was in a celebratory mood while the horrors of repression were happening in the underground."