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Bus 174(Ônibus 174)

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Brazil

2002

Rated R • 1h 58m

Director José Padilha

Starring Yvonne Bezerra de Mello, Sandro do Nascimento, Rodrigo Pimentel, Luiz Eduardo Soares

Genre Documentary

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Documentary depicts what happened in Rio de Janeiro on June 12th 2000, when bus 174 was taken by an armed young man, threatening to shoot all the passengers. Transmitted live on all Brazilian TV networks, this shocking and tragic-ending event became one of violence's most shocking portraits, and one of the scariest examples of police incompetence and abuse in recent years.

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70

Chicago Reader by

Padilha allows neither easy answers nor ironic commentary, producing on both sides of the conflict a world of inconsolable grief.
88

New York Daily News by Elizabeth Weitzman

It is to Padilha's enormous credit that he steadfastly kicks aside our own culturally imposed frames of reference, insisting that we see the truth, and the humanity, within this very real story.
100

Village Voice by J. Hoberman

Tense, engrossing, and superbly structured, Bus 174 is not just unforgettable drama but a skillfully developed argument.
83

Entertainment Weekly by Lisa Schwarzbaum

Although it shares a bitter interest in slum desperation with last year's Brazilian-underbelly docudrama ''City of God,'' Bus 174 pulls ahead, I think, by not confusing cinematic pizzazz with the content of misery.
70

Film Threat by Merle Bertrand

An amazingly powerful piece of cinema. Actually, it's more an amazingly powerful piece of news journalism; the kind of in-depth stories told in all their complexity that such fluff American network "news" magazines as "Dateline" could only dream about telling.
90

The A.V. Club by Scott Tobias

Edited with an impeccable sense of timing and rhythm, with each new revelation and insight planted at just the right moment, Bus 174 examines an already gripping story from a moving and untold perspective.

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