The cast of Assault on the Pay Train (1962)
The cast of Assault on the Pay Train (1962)
Assault on the Pay Train (1962)

The Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI present

Assault on the Pay Train

Roberto Farias | Brazil | 1962 | Unclassified (15+)

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Wed 18 Oct 2023

The true story of one of the most famous heists in Brazil’s history – taking place in Rio de Janeiro in 1960 – Farias’ powerful thriller is less concerned with the robbery itself than its aftermath and the effect it has on the six men who carry it out. Masterfully blending elements of noir and neorealism, the film’s concern with broader social issues, underlying poverty and the mythology of criminality (alongside the humanisation of its characters) builds to a searing critique of Brazil’s class and racial hierarchy.


Format: 4K DCP
Language: Portuguese with English intertitles
Source: Produções Cinematográficas R.F. Farias
Runtime: 102 mins

Event duration

102 mins


Unclassified (15+)


Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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About the program

The 1960s was a time of great upheaval in Brazil, as it was the world over. During this rich cultural period cinema went through a moment of radical flux, as did music and the other visual arts. Shadowed by a decade of repressive dictatorship, censorship decrees, and an exodus of dissidents, many of the films produced experimented with narrative, design, collage and music...

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Now! Crime, politics and revolution in 1960s Brazilian cinema

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