Carandiru Movie Review 2003

Information and Film Reviews for Carandiru the Movie

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Hellish fact-based prison drama based on events leading up to the 1992 San Paolo massacre in which 111 inmates died. A nameless doctor (Vasconcelos) arrives at the city's infamous House of Detention because of an AIDS epidemic. As he tests and treats the inmates of the severely overcrowded facility, he learns about their lives on the outside (shown in flashbacks) and about the prison's codes, which are enforced by the inmates and not the guards or warden. Viewers are lulled into a false sense of normalcy before the horror begins. Based on "Carandiru Station," the fictionalized account of Dr. Drauzio Varella's experiences. Portuguese with subtitles.


Sony Pictures Home Video, Sony Pictures Plz., 10202 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232, Phone: (310)244-7306, Fax: (310)280-2485, URL:, Remarks: Formerly Columbia Tristar Home Entertainment

Available on DVD
Running time 148 minutes.
Originally from Brazilian.

Cast and Crew

True Stories, Men in Prison, South America, Gays
Hector Babenco, Victor Nava, Fernando Bonassi
Luiz Carlos Vasconcelos, Milhem Cortaz, Milton Goncalves, Ivan de Almeida, Ailton Graca, Maria Luisa Mendonca, Aida Lerner, Rodrigo Santoro, Gero Camilo, Caio Blat, Wagner Moura
Walter Carvalho
Hector Babenco
Andre Abujarrura
Romeu Quinto, Mauro Alice, Cristina Camargo, Clovis Bueno
Hector Babenco, Sony Pictures Classics

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