Augusto Matraga is a violent man from the sertão of Minas Gerais. He is deserted by his wife and lured into an ambush by his enemies. He is left for dead on the ground. He is saved and put on his feet again by a very poor couple, and then goes through a mystical transformation. When he runs into the gang of Joãzinho Bem Bem it is understandable that he does not manage to control his aggressive nature entirely. He makes his peace with the world only at his moment of death.
Plot: dal romanzo di João Guimaraães Rosa.
Director of photography: Hélio Silva.
Art director: Armando Nogueira.
Editor: Sílvio Reinoldi.
Music: Geraldo Vandré.
Cast and characters: Leonardo Vilar (Augusto Matraga), Jofre Soares, Maria Ribeiro, Flávio Migliaccio, Maurício do Valle, Aurea Campos, Solano Trindade, Emanuel Cavalcanti, Jorge Karam, José Marinho, Ivan de Souza.
Production company: Luiz Carlos Barreto, Difilm, Roberto Santos, Nelson Pereira dos Santos, Geraldo Vandré, Luis Carlos Rires Fernandes.