O Fora da Lei

O Fora da Lei
O Fora da Lei theatrical poster.png
Theatrical release poster
Directed byDado Cardoso
Produced byVic Reyes
Dado Cardoso
Screenplay byDado Cardoso
Kyler Cooke
Story byDado Cardoso
StarringThiago Silveira
Samuel Vaz
Landen McKinney
Rodrigo Azevedo
Eddie Read
Henrique Mendez
Music byLaura Houghton
Keegan Monroe
CinematographyEwan Butler
Edited byLucas Pinho
Swan Valley
Distributed byEllen Media Group
Release date
September 19, 1977 (Montecara)
October 1, 1977 (Halland)
October 10, 1977 (EC)
Running time
141 minutes
LanguageEstmerish, Lusitan
Budget€9.9 million

O Fora da Lei (Lusitan for "The Outlaw") is a Hallandic mafia film written and directed by Maracan director Dado Cardoso and released worldwide by Ellen Media Group in 1977. It stars Maracan actors Thiago Silveira, Samuel Vaz, Rodrigo Azevedo and Henrique Mendez and Hallandic actors Landen McKinney and Eddie Read. The film tells a story of a mafia defector and whistleblower in Porto Leste who quickly finds his life at risk as he is hunted by the mafia and shunned by the government.

Considered a pinnacle of gangster film, O Fora da Lei received extensive critical acclaim when it was released in 1977, winning the béco aùreo at the 1977 Montecara Film Festival and firmly placing Cardoso as one of Halland's premier directors. The film is often considered a classic 70s film, and was the first Lusitan-language film to win the béco aùreo, the first Maracan film to win the award and the first gangster film to win the award. The film drastically influenced overseas opinion of the Maracan government and was banned in Maracao by Leonardo Alcântara in 1978.



  • Thiago Silveira as Rubem Fontes, the defector
  • Samuel Vaz as Rui Silva, a Maracan mob boss
  • Landen McKinney as Hélder Melo, a corrupt police chief
  • Rodrigo Azevedo as Joãozinho Baptista, Silva's secretary
  • Eddie Read as Ken, a Hallandic-born mafia assassin
  • Henrique Mendez as Lucas Gouveia, Fontes' long-time friend


The soundtrack for the film was recorded by Hallandic composer and singer Laura Houghton and vocalist Keegan Monroe. Recorded for the film in 1976 and 1977, the soundtrack received critical acclaim and was released separately in 1980.

2."So Much"3:10
3."Collaborator I"2:01
4."Collaborator II"3:44
5."Collaborator III"4:09
8."Take Five"2:10
9."The Clock Strikes Two"3:00
10."Credits / Screener II"3:12