107 user 144 critic

Elite Squad (2007)

Tropa de Elite (original title)
1:23 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $9.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

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.


3,581 ( 330)
39 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

After a prison riot, former-Captain Nascimento, now a high ranking security officer in Rio de Janeiro, is swept into a bloody political dispute that involves government officials and paramilitary groups.

Director: José Padilha
Stars: Wagner Moura, Irandhir Santos, André Ramiro
Carandiru (2003)
Drama | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Brazilian MD Drauzio Varella starts AIDS prevention in Brazil's largest prison, Carandiru, in São Paulo, where the population is nearly double its 4,000 maximum. Doc learns from experience ... See full summary »

Director: Hector Babenco
Stars: Enrique Diaz, Wagner Moura, Caio Blat
A Dog's Will (2000)
Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

The lively João Grilo and the sly Chicó are poor guys living in the hinterland who cheat a bunch of people in a small Northeast Brazil town. But when they die, they have to be judged by ... See full summary »

Director: Guel Arraes
Stars: Matheus Nachtergaele, Selton Mello, Rogério Cardoso
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The true story of João Guilherme Estrella ("Johnny"), a young middle-class bon vivant who became a big-time cocaine dealer in Rio de Janeiro in the early 1990s.

Director: Mauro Lima
Stars: Selton Mello, Giulio Lopes, Júlia Lemmertz
Comedy | Fantasy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Zero (Wagner Moura) is a brilliant scientist, but unfortunate because 20 years ago was publicly humiliated and lost in college Helena (Alinne Moraes) the love of his life. One day, an ... See full summary »

Director: Cláudio Torres
Stars: Wagner Moura, Alinne Moraes, Maria Luísa Mendonça
If I Were You (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

The publicist Claudio and the housewife and choral teacher Helena have been married for many years, but they do not understand and respect the feelings and view point of the partner. ... See full summary »

Director: Daniel Filho
Stars: Tony Ramos, Glória Pires, Thiago Lacerda
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

André, relatively poor, falls in love with Silvia, a neighbor whom he spies with a telescope. Falling more and more in love with her, he begins to follow her around the city and realizes ... See full summary »

Director: Jorge Furtado
Stars: Lázaro Ramos, Renata de Lélis, Sérgio Lulkin
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

An emotive journey of a former school teacher, who writes letters for illiterate people, and a young boy, whose mother has just died, as they search for the father he never knew.

Director: Walter Salles
Stars: Fernanda Montenegro, Vinícius de Oliveira, Marília Pêra
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Lisbela is a young woman who loves going to the movies. Leléu is a con man, going from town to town selling all sort of things and performing as master of ceremonies for some cheesy numbers... See full summary »

Director: Guel Arraes
Stars: André Mattos, Aramis Trindade, Bruno Garcia
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The story of Francisco, a very simple and poor man whose dream was to see his children become country music stars, and who made all the efforts to make it happen.

Director: Breno Silveira
Stars: Ângelo Antônio, Dira Paes, Márcio Kieling
City of Men (2007)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Best buddies Acerola and Laranjinha, about to turn 18, discover things about their missing fathers' pasts which will shatter their solid friendship, in the middle of a war between rival drug gangs from Rio's favelas.

Director: Paulo Morelli
Stars: Douglas Silva, Darlan Cunha, Jonathan Haagensen
City of God (2002)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  

Two boys growing up in a violent neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro take different paths: one becomes a photographer, the other a drug dealer.

Directors: Fernando Meirelles, Kátia Lund
Stars: Alexandre Rodrigues, Matheus Nachtergaele, Leandro Firmino


Cast overview, first billed only:
Caio Junqueira ...
Maria Ribeiro ...
Paulo Vilela ...
Fernanda de Freitas ...
André Felipe ...
Rodrigues (as André Mauro)
Fábio Lago ...
Erick Oliveira ...
Marcinho (as Erick Maximiano Oliveira)
Patrick Santos ...
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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


On the streets of Rio only the elite survive.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:




| |


Release Date:

12 October 2007 (Brazil)  »

Also Known As:

Elite Squad  »

Box Office


$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


The movie was actually conceived to have the character of Capitão Nascimento as a secondary character and Neto and Matias as main characters. It was only after the whole movie was shot that director José Padilha and writer Bráulio Mantovani were impressed with Wagner Moura's charisma on screen and decided to edit the film with his voice over, changing the focus of the story, thus turning Capitão Nascimento into a main character. See more »


Capitão Nascimento: 23, you're not wearing your strap?
Trainee officer: N-no sir...
Capitão Nascimento: We're this far into training and you forget to put your strap on. You mean your partner falls wounded, what you gonna do, throw your rifle on the ground?
Trainee officer: No sir...
Capitão Nascimento: [shouting] Gonna shove it up your ass?
Trainee officer: No sir...
Capitão Nascimento: So put the fucking strap!
See more »


Referenced in Elysium (2013) See more »


Rap Das Armas
By MC Júnior, MC Leonardo and Bateria da Rocinha
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

27 August 2007 | by See all my reviews

It's the best police movie I've ever seen.

It'so realistic, specially the shots. The "microwave" scene was also perfect!

There is nothing compared to this film! I haven't seen one single person who watched this film which have seen it only once. It will surely win festivals! The film is not finished yet (someone put it in the internet illegally)and it have been incredibly so well accepted by everybody who have seen it, so we can guess how it will be when it finally be released in the Cinema. It probably have been the most searched film in the internet in Brazil the last 2 weeks.

There are rumors it's censored and producers are fighting against that! Anyway, that's the best police film I've ever seen and surely the best of 2007.

154 of 240 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
A Perfect 10...No Question cyguration
US users rating 6.1?? kyo_fight
33 on the metascore..????? dragovich2011
I don't know if it's social commentary but i've just become a socialist lukasz_s
Does the BOPE exist? quendino
Baiano --- amazing! Lain_Is_Wired
Discuss Elite Squad (2007) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: