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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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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.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The character Roberto Nascimento was named after Sandro Nascimento, the criminal that died right after being arrested by Rio de Janeiro police for hijacking a bus. His life was depicted in Bus 174 (2002), directed by Tropa de Elite's José Padilha. See more »


Capitão Nascimento: [as the police squad arrives at the bottom of the slum, regular policemen starts to prepare to follow them] Nobody's going up! Nobody's going up!
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Referenced in Esperando Godard (2012) See more »


Written by Tony Bellotto
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Amazingly good... and horrifying
12 November 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Tropa de Elite is an amazingly good film; by turns brutally real and horrifyingly hilarious.

It claims to be based on a true story and I find that sadly believable. The main plot revolves around the captain of an elite police unit trying to find a replacement for himself, while dealing with the birth of his child and the horrendous stress of his job, and a mission to clear out a dangerously violent slum.

There are no wholly good people in the movie, and it's frighteningly easy to compare some of what goes on to things happening in the USA (and other places) today. That said, the system of government and policing portrayed comes across as so amazingly inept and awful that it's almost like something straight out of a nightmarish sci-fi dystopia.

If I had to compare it to other movies, it comes off as a cross between Brazil, Office Space, and Full Metal Jacket. Not for the weak of stomach, and you may find yourself greatly disagreeing with the ideals of various groups portrayed (which I believe is part of the point), but I would be enormously surprised if this movie doesn't make you think and give you something to talk about.

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