The Sandpit Generals


The Sandpit Generals (also released as The Defiant and The Wild Pack) is a 1971 drama film directed by Hall Bartlett. Its plot is based on the novel Captains of the Sands by Jorge Amado. Melodious soundtracks were written by Dorival Caymmi.

The Sandpit Generals
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Directed byHall Bartlett
Written byHall Bartlett
Jorge Amado
Produced byHall Bartlett
StarringJuarez Santalvo
CinematographyRicardo Aronovich
Release date
  • July 1971 (1971-07)
Running time
102 minutes
CountryUnited States

The film was not popular in the United States due to its socialist context and was banned by Brazil's military regime for the same reason, but became an iconic film in the Soviet Union, where it took part in the 7th Moscow International Film Festival and, although did not win any prize,[1][2] in a few years was widely distributed in movie theaters and was proclaimed "the best foreign film" by Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper in 1974.


The film features a street gang of poor homeless youth struggling for existence in Brazil. After letting a girl with her little brother settle in their beach shelter, the gang's inner spirit is gradually reformed as she brings a sense of love and family into their shabby abode. One of the local priests helps the gang at the cost of his clergy career. Police eventually capture the main characters and after their lengthy stay in prison, the girl is terminally ill. Her sudden death is a culmination of the movie, it urges the gang to fight for their rights against the government.


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Moscow International Film Festival 1971 page at". Retrieved 2009-06-13.
  2. ^ "7th Moscow International Film Festival (1971)". MIFF. Archived from the original on 2014-04-03. Retrieved 2012-12-23.

External linksEdit

  • The Sandpit Generals at IMDb

English version of Russian lyrics of the song