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O Amuleto de Ogum (1974)

To entertain some thieves, a blind guitar player tells them the story of a man from the Northeast of Brazil, involved with criminals living in the suburbs of Rio de Janeiro, who allegedly ... See full summary »
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Credited cast:
Ney Santanna Ney Santanna ... Gabriel
Anecy Rocha Anecy Rocha ... Eneida, Gabriel's Fiancée
Joffre Soares Joffre Soares ... Severiano
Maria Ribeiro Maria Ribeiro ... Maria
Emmanuel Cavalcanti Emmanuel Cavalcanti
Jards Macalé Jards Macalé ... Firmino
Erley José Erley José
Francisco Santos Francisco Santos
José Marinho José Marinho
Antonio Carlos de Souza Pereira Antonio Carlos de Souza Pereira ... (as Antônio Carlos de Souza Pereira)
Waldir Onofre Waldir Onofre ... Thief
Ilya São Paulo Ilya São Paulo ... Thief
Tonico Pereira Tonico Pereira ... Thief
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Luiz Carlos Braga
Antonio Carnera Antonio Carnera
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To entertain some thieves, a blind guitar player tells them the story of a man from the Northeast of Brazil, involved with criminals living in the suburbs of Rio de Janeiro, who allegedly had a "closed body", meaning that his body couldn't be hit by bullets or other weapons, by the wish of Ogum, one of the gods of Candomblé, a religion common in Brazil and Africa. Written by Anonymous

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Good idea grows very repetitive--plays like first "Wolverene" film.
17 April 2015 | by mbsSee all my reviews

Film is about a young guy named Gabriel who is out to prove himself to this huge crime boss. He gets himself hired as a henchman doing odd hits and various killings, all in the name of making his bones for the crime boss. Guy then discovers that he actually has the ability to withstand bullets. People in the film keep saying that he has "a closed body" meaning that bullets can't penetrate him. The crime boss instead of seeing this as an amazing thing to have in a henchman decides instead that this guy needs to be gotten rid of, so he spends the movie trying to plot various ways of trying to bump off the apparently bulletproof Gabriel. There's some talk about Gabriel's ability stemming from this amulet he wears, which causes the crime boss to want to learn all about the order of the religion that the amulet comes from (The amulet was a symbol of the religious following that Gabriel's mother follows and that Gabriel grew up in as a child.) The crime boss ends up engaging in several witch doctor like practices to try and emulate Gabriel's bulletproof ability to no avail.

This film honestly strangely enough reminded me of X Men Origins Wolverene--the first stand alone Wolverene film. In that film, Wolverene becomes the employee of this shady company who spends all this time and money trying to make him the perfect killing machine, only to turn on him almost instantly when it looks as if his power is too much for the company to feel they can control. Wolverene then spends the rest of the movie being hunted down by various agents of the company and dispatches them all. That's literally more or less the plot of this movie--just substitute the ability to not be hit by bullets for adamentium claws. This film however much like that first Wolverene film despite a couple of interesting touches, does not really sustain interest tho, in that the film soon becomes quite repetitive with scene after scene after scene basically boiling down to a bunch of hit men sent by the crime boss try and fail to strike down or get the better of Gabriel, who just cannot be killed. Honestly, a little of this goes a long way, and some slight variation or even explanation would have been appreciated. Its not that its a terrible film, just that once the story is set up, the film does not really go anywhere with it except for again scene after scene of people trying to kill Gabriel only to end up killed by Gabriel. Almost again exactly what happened in that first Wolverene film. OK I guess.


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Country:

Brazil

Language:

Portuguese

Release Date:

21 May 1974 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

The Amulet of Ogum See more »

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Embrafilme, Regina Filmes See more »
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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