OPENS APRIL 30, CERT 15, 122 MINS
On June 12, 2000, “Sandro”, a former street kid and escaped convict, hijacked a bus in Rio, taking its mostly female passengers hostage. TV cameras were on the spot almost immediately and the entire siege was broadcast live to a rapt audience. Apparently high on cocaine, Sandra jabbered menacing threats to negotiators and brandished a gun, recklessly jutting his head out the bus window. The SWAT team, though, were under instructions not to shoot him because the sight of his spattered brains might upset viewers.