Cangaceiro, O

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O' Cangaceiro (Italy · Spain 1969 / Director: Giovanni Fago)

Also known as

The Magnificent Bandits (UK / USA) | O'Cangaceiro (Italy, poster spelling) | Viva Cangaceiro (Germany) | Le Cangaçeiro (France) | Ribeliao dos Brutos / Rebelião dos Brutos / O Cangaceiro (Brazil) | Cangaceiro – Gerillabanditen (Sweden) | Xegrammenoi apo ehthrous kai filous (Greece) | O Lampião (Portugal) | Viva Kangaseiro (former Yugoslavia)
O'Cangaceiro movie poster


Brazil, the 1920s. The sadistic colonel Minas massacres the hometown of a famous cangaceiro (a kind of revolutionary bandit). The only survivor is a young farmer called Espedito; he is nursed back to health by a (crazy?) hermit who thinks he has been sent (= espedito) by God and therefore baptizes him the Redeemer. Espedito/The Redeemer forms his own gang of cangaceiros but doesn’t really understand what he’s doing until he befriends the proverbial European intellectual, a Dutch Oil prospector, who introduces him to important people. Espedito is hired (and of course double-crossed) by the Dutchman and a corrupt local governor, but then the Dutchman changes sides …


  • Cast (Italian): Tomas Milian (Espedito/Miguein "The Redeemer"), Ugo Pagliai (Vincent Helfin), Eduardo Fajardo (Governor Branco), Renato Rossini [as Howard Ross] (Captain of raiding party), Alfredo Santacruz [[as Alfredo Santa Cruz] (His Excellency), Quinto Gambi (Pedro), Mário Gusmão, Aldo Gasparri, José Carlos Farias, Bob Leo, M. De Moura, Irio Fantini, Claudio Scarchilli, Bernadette Dinora de Carvalho (cangaceira), Jesús Guzmán (Julian the hermit), Leo Anchóriz (Colonel Minas), Goffredo Unger (geologist, assistant director)
  • Director: Giovanni Fago
  • Story: Antonio Troiso, Giovanni Fago
  • Screenplay: Bernadino Zapponi, José Luis Jerez
  • Cinematography: Alejandro Ulloa [Technicolor - CinemaScope 2,35:1]
  • Music: Riz Ortolani
  • Songs: “Mulhe Rendera”, “Vou Caminhando” sung by Tomas Milian
  • Producer: Salvatore Alabiso



The apostrophe in the title makes no sense grammatically or otherwise. In Portuguese, "O cangaceiro" simply means "the cangaceiro". A Cangaço is the name for poor bandits in northeastern Brazil in the 19th and 20th century.

Versions and runtimes

  • Runtime: 102 min

Release Dates

  • December 23, 1969 (Italy)

Filming locations

  • Bahia, Brazil
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