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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 ...
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Roberta Santiago ...
Rose
Emerson Gomes ...
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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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12 October 2007 (Brazil)  »

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Elite Squad  »

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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$8,060 (USA) (26 September 2008)
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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 »

Quotes

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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Katia Flavia A Godiva Do Iraja
Written by Fausto Fawcett and Carlos Laufer
Performed by Fausto Fawcett and Robos Elemeros
Courtesy of Wea Music
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A movie depicting the harsh reality and politics of Rio de Janeiro
2 October 2007 | by (Brazil) – See all my reviews

Elite Squad has in my opinion surpassed the genius of Cidade de Deus. The movie is shot like a documentary, many times in fact I felt like I was intrigued and interested on how and what the police does to get around the city.

It is basically about the two main characters working their way up the police academy in Rio until they reach the BOPE unit. The training is shown to be very harsh, sometimes even dehumanizing. The movie depicts life of police men in the city and what they do to overcome the unfortunate bureaucracies. I will try hold myself to not say anymore because I do not want to spoil it for you.

This movie is violent. It is not unnecessary violence, because its depictions are said to be accurate. (Rio politicians have spoken about its veracity).

Even the production of this masterpiece was bounded by violence. While in production, part of the crew was kidnapped. An unedited version of Elite Squad together with dozens of fake weapons were stolen as well.

You will be amazed through out the whole film, thats a promise.


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