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The Red Light Bandit (1968)

O Bandido da Luz Vermelha (original title)
The story of a famous Brazilian criminal, called The Red Light Bandit because he always used a red flashlight to break in the houses during the night. Working alone, he also used to rape his female victims.


Rogério Sganzerla
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Credited cast:
Helena Ignez Helena Ignez ... Janete Jane
Paulo Villaça Paulo Villaça ... Bandido da Luz Vermelha
Pagano Sobrinho Pagano Sobrinho ... J.B. da Silva
Luiz Linhares Luiz Linhares ... Delegado Cabeção
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hélio Aguiar Hélio Aguiar ... Narrator
Luís Alberto Luís Alberto
Armando Barreto Armando Barreto
Lenoir Bittencourt Lenoir Bittencourt
Sônia Braga ... Victim (as Sonia Braga)
Lola Brah Lola Brah ... Rich Woman
Júlio Calasso Júlio Calasso
Ozualdo Ribeiro Candeias Ozualdo Ribeiro Candeias
Maurice Capovila Maurice Capovila ... Gangster
Renato Consorte Renato Consorte ... TV Presenter
Neville de Almeida Neville de Almeida
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The story a famous Brazilian criminal, called The Red Light Bandit because he always used a red flashlight to break in the houses during the night. Working alone, he also used to rape his female victims. Written by lukejoplin@infolink.com.br

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A Milestone of the Brazilian "Cinema Marginal" (Underground Cinema)
30 April 2005 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In the 60's, The Red Light Bandit (Paulo Villaça) is a famous Brazilian criminal, who uses a red flashlight while breaking into residences in São Paulo, and usually rapes his female victims. The police chases him as a legend, but does not know his true identity.

In the end of the 60's in Brazil, young directors broke with the Brazilian movement "Cinema Novo" (meaning "New Cinema"), and begin a new movement, called "Cinema Marginal" (meaning "Underground Cinema"). "O Bandido da Luz Vermelha" is a milestone of this new current of filmmakers. Rogério Sganzerla presents this movie as if it were a popular police radio chronic of São Paulo and in a very chaotic way, following the worldwide movement of counterculture and the Brazilian Tropicalismo, in the toughest period of the military dictatorship in my country. This movie is the debut of Sonia Braga in the cinema, and her participation is limited to one scene, as a victim of the criminal. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "O Bandido da Luz Vermelha" ("The Red Light Bandit")

Note: On 09 December 2010, I saw this film again on DVD.

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Release Date:

2 December 1968 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

El bandido de la luz roja See more »

Filming Locations:

Guarujá, São Paulo, Brazil See more »

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Urano Filmes See more »
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