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Elite Squad (2007)
"Tropa de Elite" (original title)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  12 October 2007 (Brazil)
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1997, Captain Nascimento has to find a substitute for his occupation while trying to take down drug dealers and criminals before the Pope comes to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


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Fábio Lago ...
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Marcinho (as Erick Maximiano Oliveira)
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Rafael d'Avila ...
Roberta Santiago ...
Emerson Gomes ...


In 1997, before the visit of the pope to Rio de Janeiro, Captain Nascimento from BOPE (Special Police Operation Battalion) is assigned to eliminate the risks of the drug dealers in a dangerous slum nearby where the pope intends to be lodged. Captain Nascimento is trying to find a man to replace him because his wife is pregnant and he intends to quit the command and become a trainer of the new recruits. Meanwhile, the two idealistic friends Neto and Matias join the Military Police force expecting to become honest policemen and fight the criminals. However, they see only corruption, lack of competence and stupid bureaucracy in the Military Police, and after a serious incident in the Morro da Babilônia, they decide to join the BOPE. The lives of Capitain Nascimento, Neto and Matias are entwined along the next months, first in the tough training period and then in action against drug dealers. Nascimento believes that Neto could be his substitute, but his impulsive attitudes jeopardizes ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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On the streets of Rio only the elite survive.

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Rated R for strong violence, pervasive language and drug content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

12 October 2007 (Brazil)  »

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Elite Squad  »

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$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,604 (USA) (19 September 2008)


$8,060 (USA) (26 September 2008)

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Caio Junqueira was initially considered too old for the part of Neto. He then auditioned for the part of Capitão Fábio, but he opted for a performance that would convince the casting staff that he could still be a viable choice for Neto, in spite of his age. He successfully conveyed that message, and Milhem Cortaz got to play Fábio instead. See more »


Trainee officer: [during an information training session] Hey, Coordinator!
Capitão Nascimento: Yes, my sir?
Trainee officer: Soldier 05 is sleeping.
Capitão Nascimento: Hey Soldier 05!
[hands 05 a grenade, 05 takes the grendade]
André Matias: Yes, sir?
Capitão Nascimento: Please take this.
[removes the pin]
Capitão Nascimento: Hey 05, if you drop this granade you will make the whole place explode. You will blow up ALL of your colleagues, you will blow up all of my auxiliaries, and YOU will make myself explode. Will the sir fall asleep again?
André Matias: No sir!
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Morro do Dendê
Performed by MC Cidinho & Doca
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Terrific Thriller

If you loved City of God and Carandiru, you have to see this movie. Maybe it's the most complex Brazilian movie about violence. It combines a discussion about the problem of violence in Rio de Janeiro, the police corruption and the society responsibility and, what is more important, Elite Squad is a terrific thriller: nervous, intriguing and entertaining. Cinema at it's best.

Bráulio Mantovani, from City of God, wrote the screenplay and Daniel Rezend, also from CDD, is the editor (Both nominated to the Oscar).

Above, one article about the film:

"WASHINGTON (Reuters Life!)

characters lie dead in the street within minutes of the opening of Brazilian director Jose Padilha's new film which he hopes will shed new light on gang violence and police corruption in his country.

"Elite Squad," which Padilha wrote with former Rio police officer Rodrigo Pimentel, follows two young Rio de Janeiro police officers as their fantasy of implementing law and order disintegrates into bloodshed and corruption.

It details night raids through the makeshift homes of the city's hillside slums known as favelas, as well as the stark class differences that feed an appetite for riches among many of its poor residents.

Padilha, 39, said he had originally hoped to use the information he received from Pimentel for a documentary but quickly realized that it would not be feasible.

"How would I do this, go to corrupt cops with cameras?" he asks. "If I tried to make this film as a documentary, it would probably get me killed." Padilha, whose highly-acclaimed debut film "Bus 174" about a real-life bus hijacking in Rio was released in 2002, has strived to make the film as realistic as possible, shooting much of the film on the favelas' narrow streets.

"Elite Squad" is based on Pimentel's account of his tenure as captain of Rio's elite police force which has come under attack by Amnesty International for brutality.

Like "Bus 174," it exposes the darker elements of Brazil that contrast vividly with the nation's colorful, extravagant Carnival celebrations."

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