My Destiny In Your Hands

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My Destiny In Your Hands
My destiny hands.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Jose Mojica Marins
Produced by Augusto Pereira
Leonardo Russo
Written by Jose Mojica Marins
Acácio de Lima
Starring Jose Mojica Marins
Mario Lima
Music by Herminio Giménez
Cinematography Ruy Santos
Edited by Maximo Barro
Apolo Indústria Cinematográfica
Release date
  • July 8, 1963 (1963-07-08)
Running time
80 minutes
Country Brazil
Language Portuguese

My Destiny In Your Hands (Portuguese: Meu Destino em Tuas Mãos) is a 1963 Brazilian drama film written, directed by, and starring José Mojica Marins.[1][2] Marins is also known by his alter ego Zé do Caixão (in English, Coffin Joe).


A husband comes home drunk and beats his wife. His son Carlito tries to defend his mother with a broomstick. The father turns to the boy menacingly and threatens "I'll kill you!". Terrified, the boy flees with four other young children, all poor and suffering abuse and exploitation at home by their families. The children try to live and survive life on the streets on the outskirts of São Paulo.

Carlito (Franquito), the eldest of them, plays guitar and sings to make money. Marins composed three of the ten songs composed for Carlito in the film.[3]


  • Alvino Cassiano
  • Augusto de Cervantes
  • Carmem Marins
  • Delmo Demarcos
  • Franquito as Carlito
  • José Mojica Marins as the Father
  • Mário Lima
  • Nivaldo de Lima
  • Nilton Batista
  • Nivaldo Guimarães


  1. ^ "Meu Destino em Tuas Mãos". IMDb. Retrieved 2009-01-04. 
  2. ^ "Meu Destino em Tuas Mãos" (in Portuguese). 2006. Retrieved 2009-01-04. 
  3. ^ Lion, Remier (2007). "Meu Destino em Tuas Mãos" (in Portuguese). Portal Braileiro de Cinema. Retrieved 3 April 2010. 

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