End of Man
Finis hominis poster
Brazilian title Finis Hominis
O Fim do Homem
Directed by José Mojica Marins
Produced by Marciano Bley Bittencourt
Written by Rubens Lucchetti
José Mojica Marins
Starring José Mojica Marins
Roque Rodrigues
Mario Lima
Music by Herminio Giménez
Cinematography Giorgio Attili
Editing Robert Leme
Genre Drama
Release date 1971
Country Brazil
Length 79 minutes
Language Portuguese
Preceded by
Followed by When the Gods Fall Asleep

End of Man (1971) (original title: Finis Hominis) is a Brazilian film by José Mojica Marins[1].


An mysterious man emerges naked from the ocean and at first people are frightened and flee from him. As he wanders through the town unclothed, he helps a woman in a wheelchair to walk by frightening her into running, then rescues a woman and her child from attackers when he startles them with his appearance.

He enters the well-decorated home of a woman with fashionable clothing. Seeing him, she goes to her wardrobe and chooses several pieces of her clothing which he puts on. The outfit includes an ornate turban, a sash, and a pointed baton. He walks through the streets of Santos dressed in this fashion, attracting increasingly more followers and admirers.

When he later stops in a church and approaches the altar to fill the chalice with holy water and drinks it, he is observed by a priest who utters "Finis Hominis." The strange man replies, "What?" The priest again states "Finis Hominis, the end of man."

When the protagonist is later asked his name by the police after he assaults a photographer, he pauses, then replies: "Finis Hominis."

He saves the life of an adulteress and that of a young girl while gaining more followers all over the country as huge crowds follow him through the streets. He soon gains a messiah-like status after appearing to resurrect a dead man who was actually suffering from catalepsy. Nuns announce that Finis Hominis has come to save the world. Leaders of other countries warn of his dangerous "supernatural powers."

He announces that the time has come for him to leave and eventually gives a farewell speech from a mountaintop, that is watched and listened to from all over the world.

In the final scene, two men in white uniforms see Finis Hominis approaching in the distance, and they seem pleased, saying, "Here he comes. I told you. He always returns." As the camera pulls back, it is revealed that the place Finis Hominis has returned to is an insane asylum.


  • José Mojica Marins as Finis Hominis
  • Teresa Sodré as Madalena
  • Roque Rodrigues as Cavalcanti
  • Rosângela Maldonado as The schemer
  • Mario Lima as The lover
  • Andreia Bryanas as Soninha


Main article: End of Man (Finis Hominis): Screenshot gallery

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  1. End of Man, IMDb, 2-15-10

External links Edit

  The films of José Mojica Marins

At Midnight I'll Take Your Soul  •  A Praga  •   Adventurer's Fate  •  Awakening of the Beast  •  Embodiment of Evil  •  End of Man  •  Hellish Flesh
Hallucinations of a Deranged Mind  •  Fifth Dimension of Sex  •  D'Gajao Kills to Avenge  •  Demons and Wonders  •  Dr. Frank in the Fetish Clinic
Fatal Hours  •   God's Sentence  •  How to Console Widows  •  My Destiny in Your Hands  •  Perversion  •  The Virgin and the Macho Man
The Strange World of Coffin Joe  •  The Woman Who Made Doves Fly  •   The Prophet of Hunger  •  The Devil of Old Town  •   Strange Hostel of Pleasures
The Bloody Exorcism of Coffin Joe  •  The Marble Goddess  •  The Hour of Fear  •   This Night I'll Possess Your Corpse  •  Trilogy of Terror
Sex and Blood in the Trail of the Treasure  •  Women of the Violent Sex  •  When the Gods Fall Asleep

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