Rent Bus 174 (2002)

3.8 of 5 from 111 ratings
2h 12min
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Sometime during the afternoon of June 12. Sandro di Nascimento, a disenfranchised young man who had survived a harsh and brutal childhood in the favellas of Rio boarded a bus on route 174 and took its passengers hostage. For 4 and a half hours, a tense stand off played out between the police and what was thought to be merely a drugged up street kid. In the devastating aftermath, filmmaker Jose Padilha meticulously wove together Sandra's story from hours of live television footage and testimony from the hijack survivors, police rescue teams, acquaintances and members of Sandra's family. Padilha's multi award winning documentary traces two parallel and equally devastating stories.
The dramatic hijacking unfolds as it had in front of 35 million Brazilians who witnessed the police try and fail to handle the rapidly escalating situation. And then there is the even more tragic story of Sandra. In his youth, a survivor one of the most dreadful instances of urban violence in Brazil, Sandra's legacy of personal failure and the failure of his country to help those like him, collided with a restless social and economic climate that one fateful day, bringing to a bloody end his unexpected journey from the streets to the eyes of the world.
Sandro do Nascimento, Rodrigo Pimentel, Luiz Eduardo Soares, , , Captain Batista, Luanna Belmon, Claudete Beltrana, Luciana Carvalho, Coelho, Damiana, Yvonne Bezerra de Mello, Julieta do Nacimento, Dona Elza, Geísa Firmo Gonçalves, , Cláudia Macumbinha, Mendonça, Williams Moura, Janaina Neves
, Felipe Lacerda
Bráulio Mantovani, José Padilha
Ônibus 174
Top 10 Golden Bear Winners
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Run Time:
132 minutes
Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
  • The Making Of Bus 174 (30 minutes)
  • Additional interviews (40 minutes)
  • Photography exhibition
  • Interview with director Jose Padilha
  • Trailers

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Good film but - Bus 174 review by LH

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I hadn’t heard of this true story before. The hijacker was killed by the police in the back of a police car. It’s a very interesting story, it tells an in depth story in relation to the terrible street kid life that led him to the hijack. However, the film is totally unbalanced. It doesn’t talk to any of the victims about the long term impact it had on their lives. I can imagine it ruined most of their lives and led to serious mental health issues, this wasn’t covered at all. That was wrong. 

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