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The Knife (1991)

A Grande Arte (original title)
An American photographer in Rio de Janeiro becomes involved in the world of "knife culture" when he sets out to find the killer of one of his models.

Director:

Walter Salles (as Walter Salles Jr.)

Writers:

Rubem Fonseca, Rubem Fonseca (novel) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Coyote ... Peter Mandrake
Tchéky Karyo ... Hermes (as Tcheky Karyo)
Amanda Pays ... Mariet
Raul Cortez ... Lima Prado
Giulia Gam Giulia Gam ... Gisela
Paulo José Paulo José ... Detective
Eduardo Conde ... Roberto Mitry
René Ruiz René Ruiz ... José Zakkai - Iron Nose (as Rene Ruiz)
Tonico Pereira Tonico Pereira ... Rafael
Miguel Ángel Fuentes ... Camilo Fuentes (as Miguel Angel Fuentes)
Cássia Kis Cássia Kis ... Mercedes (as Cassia Kiss)
Iza Do Eirado Iza Do Eirado ... Zélia
Tony Tornado Tony Tornado ... Iron Nose's Bodyguard
Eduardo Waddington Eduardo Waddington ... Knife Dealer
Alvaro Freire Alvaro Freire ... Evilásio - Mitry's Butler (as Álvaro Freire)
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Storyline

An American photographer in Rio de Janeiro becomes involved in the world of "knife culture" when he sets out to find the killer of one of his models. Written by Cornel Ormsby <LionInOil@aol.com>

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Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong graphic violence, and for language and sensuality. | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Brazil

Language:

English | Portuguese | Spanish

Release Date:

14 November 1992 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Exposure See more »

Filming Locations:

Andes, Bolivia See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$356,825
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (video)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

First collaboration between Walter Salles and Tchéky Karyo. They later worked in Foreign Land (1995). See more »

Goofs

The knife dealer says the Applegate-Fairbairn knife is used by British commandos. Actually the knife is a redesign of the Fairbairn-Sykes fighting knife that was widely used in WWII, the Applegate-Fairbairn wasn't issued to any armed forces to this day. See more »

Quotes

Peter Mandrake: All my life, I've been looking for something... different.
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Alternate Versions

UK versions are cut by 19 seconds for an '18' rating. See more »

Connections

References Cul-de-sac (1966) See more »

Soundtracks

I've Got A Kick Out Of You
Written by Cole Porter
Performed by Sarah Chrétien
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User Reviews

 
Powerful
13 June 2007 | by Linda_SSee all my reviews

Tchéky Karyo is frankly OUTSTANDING in his role as Hermes. The disturbing, quiet, intense, dangerous man, superb! I feel this is Peter Coyote at his best, a vulnerable, intelligent, humane man who comes face to face with the reality of life that previously he had only viewed through the lens of his camera.

Again those remarkably talented Brazilian actors and actresses just continuously amaze me. As in another film I very much enjoyed that was shot in Brazil, BOCA, the Brazilian talent is immense. Previous comments have outlined the plot and so forth. I would only add that this film is tense and one comes away from it with a sense of discomfort, and that is something to be so affected by a film when all too often once the house lights come on there is no residual emotional connection.

I noted on the main details page that the Spanish version is several minutes longer than the USA video version and that REALLY irks me. This should be available, as should Zalman King's BOCA, on DVD and in full length, unedited, uncut, uncensored.

If one just wants to waste a couple of hours in amusement this is not the film to see, if one wants to have a visceral reaction and to be taken by one's collar and dragged into the frenetic and all too grim world of the invisible people of a great metropolis then by all means see EXPOSURE aka A GRANDE ARTE.


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