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The Given Word (1962)

O Pagador de Promessas (original title)
A simple yet devout Christian makes a vow to Saint Barbara after she saves his donkey, but everyone he meets seems determined to misunderstand his intentions. Will he be able to keep his promise in the end?

Director:

Anselmo Duarte

Writers:

Anselmo Duarte (screenplay), Dias Gomes (based on a play by) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins. See more awards »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Leonardo Villar Leonardo Villar ... Zé do Burro / Donkey Jack (as Leonardo Vilar)
Glória Menezes ... Rosa
Dionísio Azevedo ... Olavo, the Priest
Geraldo Del Rey ... Bonitão / Handsome
Roberto Ferreira Roberto Ferreira ... Dede
Norma Bengell ... Marly, the Prostitute
Othon Bastos Othon Bastos ... Reporter
Antonio Pitanga Antonio Pitanga ... Coca, the Capoeira Fighter (as Antonio L. Sampaio)
Gilberto Marques Gilberto Marques ... The Galicean
Milton Gaucho Milton Gaucho ... Police Officer
Enoch Torres Enoch Torres ... Police Inspector
Carlos Torres Carlos Torres ... Coca's Friend
João Di Sordi João Di Sordi ... Police Detective (as João Desordi)
Veveldo Diniz Veveldo Diniz ... Sexton (as Velvedo Diniz)
Maria Conceição Maria Conceição ... Auntie
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Zé-do-Burro has only one worldly possession, his donkey, that he named Nicolas and considers to have a sole like himself, a law abiding Christian just a trifle naive. During a tempest, Nicolas is seriously wounded, and Zé-do-Burro, out of despair, makes a promise: to carry a cross as large as Christ's, to the altar of Saint Barbara - the nearest being in the city of Bahia. He vows to do so in a Candomblé session, dedicated to the goddess Yansan - that in the popular belief corresponds to that Christian saint. Nicolas fully recovers from his illness, and Zé-do-Burro produces a large cross with his own hands and tools, and then carries it on foot to Bahia, accompanied by his wife, Rosa. He has to stay by the church's closed door, and the only person who comes to meet them is Bonitão, the local pimp, who offers to take Rosa to a pension while Zé-do-Burro keeps his promise of staying by the cross. Next morning, the priest is surprised but satisfied with the faith shown by Zé-do-Burro - ... Written by Artemis-9

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The story of a vow that a woman broke and a man kept.

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Drama

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Trivia

Ranked #9 in a list of the best 100 Brazilian Films of all time, organized by the Brazilian Film Critics Association. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Les échos du cinéma: Episode #1.48 (1962) See more »

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A brilliant satire on religion, society, the media and humanity in general
1 April 2019 | by Marwan-BobSee all my reviews

One of those overlooked Films in Cinema History, Honest, multi-layered and amazingly contemporary, this is one of those movies that have admirably stood the test of time, add to that Winning the prestigious Palm d'Or at Cannes 1962.


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Country:

Brazil

Language:

Portuguese

Release Date:

1 June 1962 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Payer of Promises See more »

Filming Locations:

Salvador, Bahia, Brazil

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,229
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Cinedistri See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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