Bus 174 (Portuguese: Ônibus 174) is a 2002 Brazilian documentary film. It is the directorial debut of director José Padilha and co-director Felipe Lacerda.

Bus 174
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Bus 174 DVD cover
Directed byJosé Padilha
Felipe Lacerda
Written byBráulio Mantovani
José Padilha
Produced byJosé Padilha
Marcos Prado
StarringSandro do Nascimento
CinematographyMarcelo Duarte
Cezar Moraes
Edited byFelipe Lacerda
Music bySacha Amback
João Nabuco
Zazen Produções
Distributed byZazen Produções
Release date
Running time
118 minutes
LanguagePortuguese (Brazilian)
Box office$217,201


In 2000, Sandro do Nascimento, a young man from a poor background, held passengers on a bus hostage for four hours. The event was caught live on television. The movie examines the incident and what life is like in the slums and favelas of Rio de Janeiro and how the criminal justice system in Brazil treats the lower classes. Within the film, Padilha interviews former and current street children, members of the Rio police force, the Rio BOPE police team, family members, and sociologists in order to gain insight into what led Nascimento to carry out the hijacking.

People involvedEdit

  • Sandro
  • Julieta (aunt)
  • Dona Elza (adopted mother)
  • Janaina (hostage)
  • Willians (hostage)
  • Lucianna (hostage)
  • Luciana (hostage)
  • Daviana (hostage)
  • Geisa (hostage)
  • Soares (sociologist)
  • Yvonne (social worker)


Bus 174's distribution was supported mainly by U.S. distributor Cinemax Reel Life (HBO), and ThinkFilm. With the rise of U.S. distribution companies in Brazil, some say that domestic success of the film hinged on their support or that of Gob Filmes, a film production company founded in 1990 by Globo Television Networks.[1]

After its release in 2002 at the São Paulo Film Festival, Bus 174 was shown around the world, in many films festivals from Rio de Janeiro to Netherlands, and the Philippines. It received critical acclaim, and was presented with awards such as the 2004 Peabody Award and the Amnesty Award, in the Netherlands.

The film has also been featured as an Official Selection at the multiple film festivals including:


Bus 174 was voted "one of the ten best films of the year" by The New York Times. It has won over 23 prizes worldwide, including an Emmy Award for Outstanding Cultural & Artistic Programming in 2005 (after being shown on HBO/Cinemax with great success), and the Amnesty Award in the Netherlands and a Peabody Award.[2]

On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 96%, based on 79 reviews, with an average rating of 8.2/10. The website's consensus reads, "Bus 174 uses real-life tragedy as the grist for a gripping -- and terribly thought-provoking -- look at societal tensions and police violence."[3] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 83 out of 100, based on 27 critics, indicating "universal acclaim".[4]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Tauris, I.B. "'Revisiting the "realism" of the cosmetics of hunger: Cidade de Deus and Ônibus 174'". Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  2. ^ 64th Annual Peabody Awards, May 2005.
  3. ^ "Bus 174". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved November 25, 2021.
  4. ^ "Bus 174 Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved April 10, 2018.

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