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The Burning Season (1994)

Based on the true story of a Brazilian rubber tapper who leads his people in protest against government and developers, who want to cut down their part of the rainforest for a new road and ... See full summary »

Director:

John Frankenheimer

Writers:

Andrew Revkin (novel), William Mastrosimone (story) | 3 more credits »
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Won 3 Golden Globes. Another 7 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Raul Julia ... Chico Mendes
Carmen Argenziano ... Alfredo Sezero
Sônia Braga ... Regina de Carvalho (as Sonia Braga)
Kamala Lopez ... Ilzamar (as Kamela Dawson)
Luis Guzmán ... Estate Boss
Nigel Havers ... Steven Kaye
Tomas Milian ... Darli Alves
Esai Morales ... Jair
Edward James Olmos ... Wilson Pinheiro
Tony Plana ... Galvao
Marco Rodríguez ... Tavora
Carlos Carrasco ... Helio
Jonathan Carrasco Jonathan Carrasco ... Genesio
Jeffrey Licon ... Young Chico Mendes
José Pérez José Pérez ... Moacir
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Based on the true story of a Brazilian rubber tapper who leads his people in protest against government and developers, who want to cut down their part of the rainforest for a new road and ranch land. The rich and the powerful will stop at nothing, and frequently resort to murder. Written by Rob Hartill

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Biography | Drama

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Country:

USA | Mexico

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 September 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amazónia a Ferro e Fogo See more »

Filming Locations:

Mexico

Company Credits

Production Co:

HBO Films See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

When this was set up at WB as a major prestige project, David Puttnam wanted Andy Garcia to play the lead. See more »

Goofs

During the scene of Wilson Pinheiro's execution, the characters are watching a well-known moment from the TV series Vale Tudo. This wouldn't be possible since this series would only be released in 1988 while Pinheiro was killed in 1980. See more »

Quotes

Gunman: Nilu Sergio is dead. Long live the Union!
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Connections

Referenced in Rubber Jungle (1994) See more »

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Good Earth Day Film
22 April 2005 | by boltons-1See all my reviews

It's a "true story" but I was left wondering: "Is it "Hollywood true" or "true-true"?" The bad guys are really bad and the good guys are really good.

Although the environmental issues are addressed and resolved were the economic issues ever resolved? I was left hanging. The issue is: it it possible to have environmental friendliness while being able to build a middle class?

There's a nude scene that is nice to look at but left me wondering how it was necessary to further the story.

The film did raise issues to discuss: the company store, liberation theology, the rain forest, non-violent protest and development versus saving the environment.

It is a good Earth Day film to view and then have a discussion. This is especially true for Americans who are the worst polluters in the world and tend to look to the rain forest instead of in their own backyards.

The performances are very good. Be prepared to cry.


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