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Remember the trajectory of Milton Gonçalves in cinema

Actor Milton Gonçalves died this Monday (30), a victim of the consequences of a stroke suffered in 2020, so it is worth remembering great moments of his film career.

Despite having become better known for his roles on television, mainly in soap operas, Milton Gonçalves also left his mark on Brazilian cinema. He started his career in theater, moved on to small film roles, starting with the 1958 film “The Big Moment”, and only later built a career on TV.


In 2003, Milton Gonçalves received a tribute from the Gramado Film Festival for his contributions to national cinema, having participated in more than 100 films.


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A classic of national cinema based on the book of the same name by Mário de Andrade, the 2019 film had the participation of Milton Gonçalves in the role of Jiguê, the protagonist’s brother, played by Grande Otelo.

Synopsis: Macunaíma is a lazy, naughty hero with no character. He was born in the jungle and from black, turned white. As an adult, he leaves the sertão with his brothers and goes on adventures in the city. Macunaíma loves guerrillas and prostitutes, faces millionaire villains, police officers and characters of all kinds.

the angel was born

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The first film in which he had a leading role, “O Anjo Nasceu” is a 1969 production, but was banned for several years due to censorship by the Military Dictatorship of Brazil. In 2015, he received the honor of appearing on Abraccine’s list of the 100 best Brazilian films of all time.

Synopsis: Santamaria (Hugo Carvana) is a merciless and cruel killer, who, along with Urtiga (Milton Gonçalves), his partner in crime, carries out horrendous murders. One day, Santamaria glimpses an angel who motivates him and his partner to commit many crimes in order, according to his beliefs, to get faster to the angel who will provide them with salvation. During a crime, they are pursued by a police officer. They manage to escape and take shelter in an isolated house, where they kill the owner and humiliate the women before killing them.

the devil queen

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Inspired freely by the life of Madame Satã, “A Rainha Diaba” cast Milton Gonçalves as the protagonist and he responded well to the attention of the role. With praised performance, the actor won the Best Actor award at the Brasília Festival.

Synopsis: Lapa, Rio de Janeiro. Diaba (Milton Gonçalves), a homosexual, commands from one of the rooms of a brothel a gang responsible for controlling several “points” of drug sales. Knowing that one of his trusted men is about to be arrested, Diaba “manufactures” a new criminal, and then turns him over to the police. She tasks Catitu (Nélson Xavier), her trusted man, with doing this. Catitu decides that the target will be Bereco (Stepan Nercessian), a big boy full of himself who is supported by Isa (Odete Lara), a cabaret singer. Catitu attracts Bereco to a series of crimes and makes him a “dangerous bandit”. It turns out that Bereco starts to believe in this “fame”. Diaba begins to have his power diminished when Bereco wants to control the sale of drugs and Catitu, in turn, wants to increase his power.

They Don’t Wear Black Tie

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One of Milton Gonçalves’ first jobs as an actor was to play Bráulio, in the play of the same name written by Gianfrancesco Guarnieri, in 1958. Years later, in 1981, he returned to play the same role in the film “Eles Não Usam Black-Tie” (Eles Não Usam Black-Tie). , by Leon Hirszman. The film made noise in Brazil and around the world, and won the Grand Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival. It also appears in Abraccine’s list of the 100 best Brazilian films of all time.

Synopsis: In São Paulo, in 1980, the young worker Tião (Carlos Alberto Riccelli) and his girlfriend Maria (Bete Mendes) decide to get married when they learn that the girl is pregnant. At the same time, a strike movement broke out that divided the metallurgical category. Worried about his marriage and fearing losing his job, Tião goes on strike, coming into conflict with his father, Otávio (Gianfrancesco Guarnieri), an old union activist who spent three years in jail during the military regime.


Another film by Milton Gonçalves to appear on Abraccine’s list of the 100 best Brazilian films of all time is “Carandiru”, where he plays the character Chico. It is another classic of national cinema, which adapts with great realism the book by Dr. Dráuzio Varella “Estação Carandiru”, with contributions from Milton Gonçalves and also being successful in Brazil and abroad.

Synopsis: A doctor (Luiz Carlos Vasconcelos) offers to carry out AIDS prevention work in the largest prison in Latin America, Carandiru. There, he lives with the reality of prisons, which includes violence, overcrowded cells and precarious facilities. However, despite all the problems, the doctor soon realizes that the prisoners are not demonic figures, existing within the prison solidarity, organization and a great will to live.

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Jailers – The Movie

One of the last works by Milton Gonçalves was in the series “Carcereiros”, which won a movie in 2019. There he played Dr. Gouveia, and was featured alongside Rodrigo Lombardi in yet another adaptation of Dr. Dráuzio Varella

Synopsis: Adriano is a senior historian and anti-violence who decides to become a jailer to follow in his father’s footsteps. With the arrival of Abdel (Kaysar Dadour), a dangerous international terrorist, to the prison where he works, tensions increase to the point of provoking two criminal factions that live separately. Adriano will have to face a rebellion – in addition to controlling Abdel’s steps.

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