Release date27 November 1972 (1972-11-27) WriterRubens Francisco Luchetti, Jose Mojica Marins Initial releaseNovember 27, 1972 (Brazil) CastJose Mojica Marins, Andreia Bryan, Rosalvo Cacador Music directorKelpson Correa, Leonardo Maluf ScreenplayJose Mojica Marins, Rubens Francisco Luchetti Related Jose Mojica Marins moviesWhen the Gods Fall Asleep and The End of Man are part of the same movie series, Jose Mojica Marins directed When the Gods Fall Asleep and The Bloody Exorcism of Coffin Joe, Jose Mojica Marins directed When the Gods Fall Asleep and Hellish Flesh, Jose Mojica Marins directed When the Gods Fall Asleep and Hallucinations of a Deranged Mind, Jose Mojica Marins directed When the Gods Fall Asleep and Trilogy of Terror
When the Gods Fall Asleep (Portuguese: Quando os Deuses Adormecem) is a 1972 Brazilian film directed by José Mojica Marins. Marins is best known for the Zé do Caixão (Coffin Joe) film series. The film is a sequel to Marins' 1971 film The End of Man (Finis Hominis), in which the character of Finis Hominis, an influential, messianic culture figure turns out to be an escaped mental patient. Rather than the horror themes which Marins was noted for, the film, like its predecessor, is low budget black humored social satire.
In this film, Finis Hominis (after returning to the asylum) again feels the need to escape the asylum in order to put right the world's increasing social unrest that he sees in the news.
Finis Hominis is a mental patient who is kept in an insane asylum, and is known for his occasional escapes from the institution, including the most recent episode during which Finis Hominis became a powerful world figure during the few days of his escape.
Again hospitalized, he sees in the news increasing social, religious, and political unrest in the world, and again feels the need to escape the institution to put order in the streets. He wanders through society, influencing and interfering in isolated incidents, correcting wrongs and exposing corruption primarily in a strictly accidental or coincidental manner.
There is also a parallel sub-plot regarding the impending closure of the asylum due to the cessation of funding from an anonymous benefactor.
José Mojica Marins
Nivaldo de Lima
Walter C. Portella
Araken Saldanha (as the voice of José Mojica Marins)