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Quotations from City of God

City of God is a crime drama film about two people who grew up in the same violent neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro but took completely different paths. One man is a photographer and the other is a drug dealer. The city follows the struggle of the two who deal with the decades of gangs controlling the city. The film is directed by Fernando Meirelles and Kátia Lund. Starring Alexandre Rodrigues, Matheus Nachtergaele, and Leandro Firmino. Based on the novel by Paulo Lins. This film was nominated for four Oscar awards.

City of God's language is Portuguese, but with the magic of subtitles we are able to still read and watch the entire film while following along. Here are some quotes from this fantastic movie.


Cabeleira (Shaggy): Hey, Bernice. Listen, I've got something real important to say. Tell me, you ever heard of love at first sight?
Berenice: Sure, but hoods don't fall in love, they just get horny.
Cabeleira: C'mon, you cut everything I say to pieces.
Berenice: Hoods don't talk, they just vomit words.
Cabeleira: Jesus, I'm gonna stop wasting my saliva on you, you sure ain't easy.
Berenice: Hoods never stop, they just take a break.
Cabeleira: Jeez, Bernice, talking about love with you is pretty complicated, isn't it?
Berenice: Love, you gotta be kidding. You're just leading me on.
Cabeleira: But it's just that this jerk here loves you.
Sandro Cenoura: Have you lost your mind? You are just a child!
Filé-com-Fritas - Steak and Fries: Listen man, I smoke, I snort... I've been begging on the street since I was just a baby. I've cleaned windshields at stop lights. I've polished shoes, I've robbed, I've killed... I ain't no kid, no way. I'm a real man.
[after seen his pictures printed in the front page of the news by mistake] Buscapé: Fuck... I'm dead!
[cut to slum]
Zé Pequeno: What's the name of that friend of yours who took this pictures?
Thiago: Buscapé.
[Enjoyng the pictures]
Zé Pequeno: Buscapé! The guy is good!
Zé Pequeno: Can you read?
Gang Member: I can read only the pictures.
Buscapé: [after Dadinho kills many people in a motel] That night, Dadinho killed his dream of kill.
Boy 1: The big deal is dope, you got it?
Boy 2: If you wanna be a dealer, you gotta start as a delivery boy, see?
Boy 1: This delivery boy business is real bullshit. The time it takes being a delivery boy, then security and then manager, is way too long.
Boy 2: What you gonna do? You've gotta wait for them to die...
Boy 1: No way! I'll do it just like Li'l Zé did: you gotta whack everyone and that's it!
Carrot (Sandro Cenoura): Have you lost your mind? You are just a child!
Steak with Fries (Filé-com-Fritas): Listen man, I smoke, I snort... I've been begging on the street since I was just a baby. I've cleaned windshields at stop lights. I've polished shoes, I've robbed, I've killed... I ain't no kid, no way. I'm a real man.
[A newspaper has mistakenly printed a picture taken by Rocket of Li'l Zé and his gang on it's front page]
Rocket: Fuck... I'm dead!
[Cut to slum]
Li'l Zé: What's the name of that friend of yours who took these pictures? Thiago: Rocket.
Li'l Zé : Rocket! This guy is good!
Li'l Zé: Dadinho my dick, my name now is Li'l Zé, FUCK!
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