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April Captains (2000)

Capitães de Abril (original title)
Story of the 1974 coup that overthrew the right-wing Portuguese dictatorship--which continued the fascist policies of long-time dictator Antonio Salazar--and of two young army captains who were involved in it.

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Story of the 1974 coup that overthrew the right-wing Portuguese dictatorship--which continued the fascist policies of long-time dictator Antonio Salazar--and of two young army captains who were involved in it.

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Há momentos em que a única solução é desobedecer.

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21 April 2000 (Portugal)  »

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FRF 30,000,000 (estimated)

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€27,334 (Italy) (13 January 2002)
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Trivia

The voice of "Oscar" on the telephone is the voice of lieutenant-colonel Otelo Saraiva de Carvalho, acting the role he had played years before in real life. In 1974, it was he (as a major) who organized and planned the revolution that the film depicts, and it was he who commanded the troops from Headquarters at Pontinha. His code name was "Oscar." See more »

Goofs

The officer of the day at Escola Prática de Cavalaria, Liutenent Lobão, doesn't wear the red band at his left arm that all all officers of the day must wear to identify them as such. See more »

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Grândola, vila morena
Written and Performed by José Afonso
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Portuguese Revolution turns lively schoolboy adventure
14 April 2000 | by (Lisbon) – See all my reviews

For her feature directing debut, Maria de Medeiros ("Pulp Fiction", "Henry and June") has certainly taken on a big story: the Portuguese Revolution of the 25th of April 1974. However, the film isn't a history lesson; rather a fictional story that introduces fictional characters and situations into the actual historical facts and places of the day, alongside some of its real protagonists. It's basically a schoolboy comic-book adventure, full of naive heroics and larger-than-life moments, quite well played and adroitly directed; the script is the weakest link, fanning out into a number of parallel stories some of which are rather pointless. The film exudes the contagious energy and juvenile joy of actually living out an adventure (although one might point out that no, the actual Revolution was not an adventure!), and it's precisely that schoolboy-adventure side that, along with its no-nonsense storytelling which adheres relatively faithfully to the actual run of events, is enough to recommend it. .


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