América (telenovela)

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América
Genre Drama, romance, telenovela
Developed by Glória Perez
Starring Deborah Secco
Murilo Benício
Caco Ciocler
Gabriela Duarte
Edson Celulari
Camila Morgado
Christiane Torloni
Eliane Giardini
Marcelo Novaes
Theme music composer Soy loco por ti America
Ivete Sangalo
Country of origin Brazil
United States
Original language(s) Portuguese
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 203
Production
Producer(s) Jayme Monjardim
Marcos Schechtman
Location(s) Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
New York City, USA
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 50 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel Rede Globo
Audio format Stereophonic sound
Original airing March 14, 2005 - November 5, 2005
Chronology
Preceded by Senhora do Destino
Followed by Belíssima
External links
Website

América is a Brazilian telenovela that was originally broadcast in 2005 by Rede Globo. The telenovela focused on the life of an illegal immigrant to the United States and the lives of those she left behind in Brazil. It stars Deborah Secco and Murilo Benício. It was written by Glória Perez and directed by Jayme Monjardim and Marcos Schechtman.

In 2009, Telemundo began airing a Spanish-dubbed version of this series and ran for approximately one year. [1]. The network aired the series from Monday to Friday in the daytime. Unlike most of its soap operas, the network didn't broadcast English subtitles as closed captions on CC3.

Main plot[edit]

Sol and Tião are born to different social backgrounds --- she to a poor suburban family in Rio, and him to an even poorer family who raised cattle in West São Paulo State. They eventually meet, due to unlikely circumstances, but part again, as she has set as her ultimate priority to reach the United States or bust. While she comes to the U.S. to live as an illegal immigrant, he remains in Brazil and, despite many trials and tribulations, he becomes a successful rodeo cowboy.

Subplots[edit]

América has several secondary plots around a variety of compelling characters. These, for the most part, take place in four locales: Vila Isabel, a middle-class neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro; Boiadeiros, a fictional town in West São Paulo; the home of a rich family in Rio; and Miami. Various characters from each subplots often meet each other due to character linkages within the story.

The main subplots were:

  • A love triangle involving Feitosa, a man who worked with pets, his girlfriend Islene (who happened to have a blind daughter from a previous relationship) and Creusa (a virginal woman who turned out to be too lustful).
  • The problems and achievements of a blind man, Jatobá, trying to live with his disability in a country with no infrastructure for the visually impaired. He is engaged to a non-blind woman.
  • The mischievous Alex and Djanira, smugglers and "coyotes".
  • The love life of Glauco, a 50-year-old businessman married to a kleptomaniac woman that strives for a divorce in order to marry her lover (but he later leaves both for a 19-year-old girl).
  • The complicated relationship between a middle-class American professor, Edward Talbot, and his rich girlfriend, May, who does social work at a ghetto school in Miami. Due to fan demand, the author of the soap opera changed its ending so Edward ends up marrying the main character, Sol.
  • The lives of several illegal immigrants living in a boarding house in Miami kept by a Mexican woman, with Brazilian roots, named Consuelo.
  • The thriving social life around rodeos in Brazil. Rodeo is a traditional North American sport with influences from the history of Mexican and Brazilian vaqueros or vaqueiros (cowboys) and American cowboys.

Cast[edit]

Actor Character
Deborah Secco Marisol de Oliveira "Sol"
Murilo Benício Sebastião da Silva Higino "Tião"
Edson Celulari Glauco Simões Lopes Prado
Christiane Torloni Haydée Pamplona Lopes Prado
Mariana Ximenes Raíssa
Caco Ciocler Edward Talbot "Ed"
Camila Morgado Miss May
Gabriela Duarte Simone Garcia Menezes Higino
Thiago Lacerda Alexander Camargo "Alex"
Eliane Giardini Viúva Neuta
Cláudia Jimenez Consuelo
Nívea Maria Maria José Higino
Paulo Goulart Mariano de Oliveira
Jandira Martini Odaleia de Oliveira
Humberto Martins Laerte Villa Nova
Daniela Escobar Irene Villa Nova
Matheus Nachtergaele Carreirinha
Marcos Frota Pedro Jatobá
Totia Meireles Vera Tupã do Nascimento
Francisco Cuoco José da Silva Higino
Marcelo Novaes Genivaldo da Silva Higino
Cléo Pires Lurdinha
Cissa Guimarães Nina
Betty Faria Djanira Pimenta
Luís Melo Ramiro
Bruno Gagliasso Roberto Sinval Villa Nova Júnior
Roberto Bomfim Jota Abdalla
Chico Diaz Acácio da Silva Higino
Neuza Borges Diva
Regina Maria Dourado Graça
Juliana Paes Creusa
Lúcia Veríssimo Gil Madureira
Eva Todor Miss Jane
Bete Mendes Fátima
Reginaldo Faria Adalberto
Murilo Rosa Dinho
Victor Fasano James
Floriano Peixoto Tony
Simone Spoladore Heloísa
Rodrigo Faro Neto
José Dumont Carlos Manuel de Andrade "Bóia"
Samara Felippo Maria Odete "Detinha"
Eri Johnson Waldomiro
Ailton Graça Feitosa
Raul Gazolla Helinho
Guilherme Karan Geraldito
Rosi Campos Mercedes
Walter Breda Gomes
Paula Burlamaqui Islene
Fernanda Paes Leme Rosário
Juliana Knust Inesita
Anderson Müller Ariovaldo
Sílvia Buarque Maria Elis
Paula Pereira Déia
Cynthia Falabella Cidinha
Rodrigo Hilbert Murilinho
Viviane Victorette
Marcelo Brou Stallone
Franciely Freduzeski Conchita
Christiana Kalache Maria Isabel "Bebela"
Carolina Macieira Penha
Duda Nagle Radar
Luíza Valdetaro Manu
Solange Couto Dalva
Erom Cordeiro Zeca
Lucas Babin Nick
Camila Rodrigues Mariana de Oliveira
Cris Vianna Drica
Marisol Ribeiro Kerry Villa Nova
Cacau Mello Rose
Bruna Marquezine Maria Flor
Mussunzinho Farinha
Maria Mariana Azevedo Sol (child)
Brunno Abrahão Tião (child)
Matheus Costa Rick

Music[edit]

Unlike most Brazilian soap operas, América featured different styles of music for each milieu. Vila Isabel had only traditional samba, other parts of Rio de Janeiro included Brazilian pop and funk, São Paulo was scored with Brazilian country music and Miami, with a mix of American pop and Latin music. 6549+ The songs used in América are:

  • Disco 1

01. Soy Loco por Ti America - Ivete Sangalo

02. Até Pensei - Nana Caymmi

03. A Volta - Roberto Carlos

04. Pra Rua Me Levar - Ana Carolina

05. Feitiço da Vila - Martinho da Vila

06. Nervos de Aço - Leonardo

07. Mágoa de Boiadeiro - Lourenço & Lourival

08. Os Amantes - Daniel

09. Girassóis Azuis II - George Israel

10. Vida de Viajante - Lenine

11. She's a Carioca ( Ela é Carioca ) - Celso Fonseca

12. Você - Marina Elali

13. Um Matuto em New York - Roberto Trevisan

14. Sinfonia dos Sonhos - Marcus Viana

15. Órfãos do Paraíso - Milton Nascimento

16. Eu Sei que Vou te Amar - Caetano Veloso

  • Disco 2

01. Regresa a mi - Il Divo

02. Don't - Shania Twain

03. Home - Michael Bublé

04. Abrazame Así - Tamara

05. Amore e Música - Russell Watson

06. The Look of Love - Diana Krall

07. Summertime - Michael Bolton

08. A Horse with no Name - America

09. Redneck Woman - Gretchen Wilson

10. Pieces of Me - Ashlee Simpson

11. Por un Beso - Gloria Estefan

12. Cancion Mixteca - Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan

13. Besame Mucho - Maysa

14. Wind Shaking the Trees - Darwing James Band

15. Lon Long Away - Jesse Johnson

17. Can't Get Over - Kasino

18. Breath - O2

19. Little Girl - Lucas Babin

20. Take Me Home, Country Roads - Happening

Gay Kiss Controversy[edit]

While being cited as a pop culture phenomenon previously, the soap opera received greater exposure in the media after a long-running (2005) storyline between two gay characters included a scene in which they share a kiss. The scene was scheduled to be air in the final episode, which created much anticipation from the gay community in Brazil. However, Rede Globo, the soap opera's production company, elected not to run the scene, much to the surprise of the writers, fans and actors involved. The event led to a number of protests for equal rights, condemning Globo for their actions.[citation needed]

Criticism of the Positive Portrayal of Rodeo[edit]

Brazilian animal rights organizations criticized the telenovela because rodeo was favorably exposed in the story. [2] Several non-large-scale protests happened in several cities and activists tried to exort a nationwide boycott campaign against the series. Coincidentally, The series faced a decline of its audience [3], though that was not attributed to a boycott eventually.

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