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Elite Squad (2007)

Tropa de Elite (original title)
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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Marcinho (as Erick Maximiano Oliveira)
Patrick Santos ...
Tinho
Rafael d'Avila ...
Xuxa
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. See more »


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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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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

BRL 1,786,339 (Brazil), 7 October 2007, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,604, 21 September 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$8,060, 28 September 2008

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,067,078, 22 June 2012
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The university where part of the film was shot is PUC, located in the pleasant neighborhood of Gávea in at Rio de Janeiro, a very traditional elite school considered the best private university in Brazil and one of the best educational institutions in South America. This is where André Batista, one of the film's screenwriters, attended law school. He was a member of BOPE and was the inspiration for the character of André Matias, an honest man who finds himself torn between his life as a BOPE member and his lifelong dream of being a lawyer. See more »

Quotes

14: [looking through his sniper rifle] 01, I think I can kill two rabbits with one strike here...
Capitão Nascimento: That's 100%, 14?
14: "Skull" my captain.
Capitão Nascimento: Pedal to the metal.
14: [shoots]
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Soundtracks

Shiny Happy People
Written by Bill Berry, Peter Buck, Mike Mills and Michael Stipe
Performed by R.E.M.
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Holy mother of corruption and truculence!!!
17 October 2007 | by See all my reviews

"City of God" was just a perfect movie. "Elite Squad" goes beyond that; it's a WTF movie.

Brutal realism, terrific acting (Wagner Moura... wow), brilliant script and plot, precise edition, unforgettable quotes... This movie is just insanely good.

If you live in a developed country you'll probably think this is just another thriller. For anyone living in a 3rd country it's way more than that: it's a brutal picture of our degradation and corruption, a revelation that runs over you like a truck.

The most striking aspect about the movie is how clearly it shows how everyone is at the same time guilty and victim in the whole war against drugs: the do-gooders NGOs, the politicians, the corrupt police and the not-corrupt but truculent "Elite Squad". It shows it precisely but with sense of humor and very smartly. In this war, everyone that proclaim to have moral and values is actually hiding skeletons in the closet. It's all a story of gangsters against gangsters in a degraded society.


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