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Elite Squad (2007)

Tropa de Elite (original title)
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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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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 »

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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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Aspect Ratio:

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: [to Neto] Take off this black uniform because you don't deserve it! Take it off!
[slaps him]
Capitão Nascimento: You're not a "skull", you're a kid!
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City of God becomes Kid's Story after this movie...
20 August 2007 | by (Brazil) – See all my reviews

If you have enjoyed City of God or felt like something was missing on it, then this is the movie you need to see. Everything here is placed respecting the reality... Scenes are very realistic and all action makes you feel like be in part of it. It shows how policemen are involved with criminals and how many policemen are not involved at all and get blamed by society due to some bad fruits. It shows how family can get affected how two guys with same purpose can get trapped in two different situations.. And shows how a man can be changed by the environment that simply leads him to do what he must. That's how we do a great movie without wasting millions of $$$. Perfect movie, dramatic, sensitive and intelligent.

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