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Elite Squad (2007) More at IMDbPro »Tropa de Elite (original title)

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Elite Squad -- 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.
Elite Squad -- This is the theatrical trailer for Elite Squad (aka Tropa de Elite), directed by José Padilha.

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Release Date:
12 October 2007 (Brazil) See more »
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Tagline:
On the streets of Rio only the elite survive.
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
39 wins & 11 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A hell of a story...but not the whole story See more (104 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Wagner Moura ... Capitão Nascimento

André Ramiro ... Aspirante Matias
Caio Junqueira ... Neto
Milhem Cortaz ... Capitão Fábio
Fernanda Machado ... Maria
Maria Ribeiro ... Rosane
Paulo Vilela ... Edu
Fernanda de Freitas ... Roberta
André Felipe ... Rodrigues (as André Mauro)
Fábio Lago ... Claudio Mendes de Lima 'Baiano'
Erick Oliveira ... Marcinho (as Erick Maximiano Oliveira)
Patrick Santos ... Tinho
Rafael d'Avila ... Xuxa
Roberta Santiago ... Rose
Emerson Gomes ... Xaveco
Bernardo Jablonski ... Prof. Gusmão
Allan Guilherme ... Romerito
Marcelo Escorel ... Coronel Otávio
Marcelo Valle ... Capitão Oliveira
Paulo Hamilton ... Soldado Paulo
Thogun ... Cabo Tião
Saulo Rodrigues ... Capitão Cabral
Thelmo Fernandes ... Sargento Alves
Pierre Santos ... Motoqueiro Comandante
Ronaldo Reis ... Subcomandante Estevão
Leandro Castilho ... Soldado Machado
Márcio Fonseca ... Cabo Bruno
Sandro Rocha ... Sargenteante
Alexandre Neves ... Motorista Patamo
Marcello Gonçalves ... Soldado Patamo

Murilo Elbas ... Coronel Antunes
Bruno d'Elia ... Capitão Azevedo
Alexandre Mofatti ... Subcomandante Carvalho
André Santinho ... Tenente Renan
Rod Carvalho ... Tenente Barcellos
Marcelo Cavalcanti ... Sargento Gonçalo
Ricardo Sodré ... Cabo Bocão
Juliano Cazarré ... Soldado Tatu
Pablo Sobral ... Fontes
Gabriel Teixeira ... Soldado Ari
Cássio Nascimento ... Soldado Moraes
Diego Santiago ... Vitor Padilha
Augusto Madeira ... Médico da Polícia

Suzana Pires ... Psiquiatra da Polícia
Ana Paula Secco ... Mãe de Romerito
Brian Amorim ... Fogueteiro Beco 117
Rosana Barros ... Mãe Fogueteiro Beco 117
Wendel Barros ... Morador Turano
Álamo Facó ... Encadernador

Nathalia Dill ... Aluna & Moça 1 Festa
Daniel Lentini ... Aluno & Rapaz 1 Festa
Michel Blois ... Aluno & Rapaz 2 Festa
Bento Ribeiro ... Aluno & Rapaz 3 Festa
Flávia Rubim ... Patricinha
Cintia Rosa ... Mulher do Baiano
Kauã Messias ... Filho do Baiano
Márcio Costa ... Fumaça
Cesar Calixto ... Bill
Marcello Melo Junior ... Lombada
Hugo Grativol ... Jóia
Anderson Mello ... Ademar Gerente Oficina
Xando Graça ... Bira
Guilherme Guaral ... Marimbondo
Alvaro Diniz Viegas ... Apurador (as Álvaro Viégas)
Ivens Godinho ... Deputado Altino Lima
Erick Burdon ... Dono Lanchonete
Rafael Gnone ... Repórter Fotográfico
Otto Jr. ... Major Gouveia (as Otto Júnior)
Joana Medeiros ... Dona Estela
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Thiago Mendonça ... (uncredited)

Directed by
José Padilha 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
André Batista  book "Elite da Tropa"
John Kaylin  adaptation
Bráulio Mantovani 
José Padilha 
Rodrigo Pimentel  book "Elite da Tropa"
Rodrigo Pimentel 
Luiz Eduardo Soares  book "Elite da Tropa"

Produced by
Bia Castro .... executive producer
Eduardo Costantini .... executive producer
James D'Arcy .... co-producer
José Padilha .... producer
Felipe Prado .... co-producer
Joao Prado .... co-producer
Marcos Prado .... producer
Eliana Soárez .... co-producer
Genna Terranova .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Pedro Bromfman 
 
Cinematography by
Lula Carvalho 
 
Film Editing by
Daniel Rezende 
 
Production Design by
Tulé Peak 
 
Set Decoration by
Odair Zani 
 
Costume Design by
Cláudia Kopke 
 
Makeup Department
Martín Macías Trujillo .... makeup artist
Ignácio Posadas .... key hair stylist
Sandro Valerio .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Robert Bella .... post-production supervisor
Maria Clara Ferreira .... production manager
Lili Nogueira .... production manager
Edu Pacheco .... production manager
Fernando Zagallo .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Laura Flaksman .... third assistant director
Laura C. Grant .... second assistant director: second unit
Daniel Lentini .... third assistant director
Clara Linhart .... second assistant director
Malu Miranda .... first assistant director: action unit
Phil Neilson .... second unit director
Pedro Peregrino .... third assistant director
Rafael Salgado .... first assistant director
Jim Shreim .... second assistant director: action unit
 
Art Department
Cristina Cirne .... art department coordinator
Dejair dos Santos .... property master
Dany Espinelli .... assistant art director
Felipe Lambert .... set decoration assistant
Tiago Marques Teixeira .... set designer
Thiago Marques .... set designer
 
Sound Department
João Caserta .... assistant dialogue editor
Marcel Costa .... boom operator
Lulu Farah .... adr recordist
Roger Hands .... foley artist
Juliana Lago .... sound effects editor
Alessandro Laroca .... supervising sound editor
Eduardo Virmond Lima .... sound effects editor
Evandro Lima .... boom operator
Leandro Lima .... sound
Fernando Lobo .... sound effects editor
Antonio Mac-Dowell .... foley mixer
Adriano Machado .... post-production sound
Débora Opolski .... dialogue editor
Daniel Soares Pedroso .... assistant sound re-recording mixer
Lucas Cesario Pereira .... assistant foley editor
Paulo Henrique Servello .... dolby mastering
Armando Torres Jr. .... sound re-recording mixer
 
Special Effects by
Marc Banich .... special effects technician
Mike Edmonson .... special effects technician
Sergio Farjalla Jr. .... special effects
Sergio Farjalla Jr. .... weapons coordinator
Bruno Van Zeebroeck .... special effects coordinator
 
Stunts
Fillipe Dias .... co-stunt coordinator
Paulo Pacheco .... stunts
Keith Woulard .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Pablo Baião .... camera operator
Pablo Baião .... first assistant camera
Lula Carvalho .... camera operator
Lula Cerri .... second assistant camera
Cristiano Conceição .... first assistant camera: second unit
Luiz Gonzaga de Almeida .... key grip (as 'Mineiro')
Eduardo de Andréa .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (as Eduardo 'Kito' de Andréa)
Wilson de Lima Martins .... grip
Ricardo 'Jamanta' de Mello .... electrician
Alice Flaksman .... video assist operator: second unit
Gabriel Hoffmann .... video assist operator
Pablo Hoffmann .... first assistant camera
Ulisses Malta Jr. .... gaffer
Renato Mineirinho .... grip
Edu Mourão .... grip
Thiago Pereira .... grip
David Prichard .... still photographer
Pedro Von Krüger .... camera loader
 
Casting Department
Luiz Montes .... casting
Michael Laguens .... casting: France (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Alexandre Brolho .... assistant costume designer
Alex Brollo .... costume supervisor
Fernando Luis de Jesus .... key costumer
Mariana Reginaldo .... assistant costume designer
 
Editorial Department
Doug Delaney .... digital intermediate colorist
Matthew W. Johnson .... digital intermediate editor
Roni Rodrigues .... assistant editor: Estudios Mega
Betsy Solorzano .... digital intermediate producer
Kelley Whitis .... post-production coordinator
 
Music Department
Pedro Bromfman .... music producer
 
Other crew
Mariana Bentes .... executive production assistant
Andrea F. Cannistraci .... legal services
Fernanda Chasim .... production assistant
Rogério Thadeu de Castro .... set assistant (as Bulldog)
Nilson Dias .... set assistant (as 'Nilsinho')
Pedro Dumans .... set assistant
Laura C. Grant .... assistant to director
Tracey Grimes .... account executive
Gabi Haber .... production assistant
Rodrigo Lamounier .... location manager
Malu Miranda .... production supervisor: action unit
Perigoso .... set manager
Olivia Rabacov .... script supervisor
Fátima Toledo .... acting coach (as Maria Fatima Toledo)
 
Thanks
Carmem Levy .... special thanks
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Tropa de Elite" - Brazil (original title)
"The Elite Squad" - Europe (English title) (festival title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for strong violence, pervasive language and drug content
Runtime:
115 min
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Color:
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Had a total public of 2.4 million paying viewers while playing in theaters in Brazil - in addition to the estimated 11 million who watched the bootleg copies.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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Movie Connections:
Spoofed in Copa de Elite (2014)See more »
Soundtrack:
Morro do DendêSee more »

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136 out of 194 people found the following review useful.
A hell of a story...but not the whole story, 21 October 2007
Author: debblyst from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

"Tropa de Elite" isn't merely one more Brazilian film on urban violence; it's a cathartic socio-cultural phenomenon of almost unprecedented proportions in Brazil, the omnipresent theme on TV talk shows, newspapers articles, bars and dinner tables. Prior to its theatrical release this October, "Tropa" was seen by an estimated record 11 million people who bought pirate DVD copies or illegally downloaded it on the net (the biggest Brazilian box-office success in the last 25 years was "2 Filhos de Francisco" with 5,5 million tickets sold).

The reaction is passionately polarized: some call it the best Brazilian movie since "City of God" -- a definite influence here, in the cinematography, editing and screenplay structure, with an omniscient narrator and use of mixed chronology -- exposing the endemic corruption of Rio de Janeiro's police force and the "unorthodox" methods used by BOPE (the self-called "incorruptible" elite squad of Rio's military police force, created in 1978 and inspired by the U.S. SWAT) that include torture and shoot-first-ask-later modus operandi in the ultra-violent, ever-growing drug war in Rio's favelas. Others have publicly attacked it as fascist in its glorification of BOPE, its sadistic depiction of torture and the reductionist, simple-minded vision of the complex issues involving violence/ drugs/police corruption in Rio.

Director José Padilha and co-writer Rodrigo Pimentel (a former BOPE captain who left the squad for disagreeing with its praxis) had collaborated in the extraordinary "Bus 174", a multi-faceted documentary on Rio's violence. In "Tropa", they controversially chose to give us a deliberately biased vision of the problem: from the start we're stuck with one man, the overstressed, rebellious, self-righteous Capt Nascimento (Wagner Moura) in his journey into becoming a psychopathic sadist and hot-blooded killer, who believes drug traffic is caused by the druggie middle-class bourgeoisie (as if the poor didn't do drugs!) and claims the solution is to kill all traffickers. To Nascimento, corruption is abominable; torture isn't.

Nascimento is the film's absolute protagonist, narrator, commentator and "truth-puker". In his mind, all non-elite policemen are corrupt and incompetent, all charity NGOs in the favelas are cover-up fraudulent enterprises, all college students are useless double-faced potheads, and legal procedures are an inefficient waste of time. He's nearer to the traffickers' violent, revenge-based, lawless ethics than he's ever able to realize.

"There's nothing wrong with shooting people if you shoot the right people", used to say Clint Eastwood's Dirty Harry back in the 1970s, and it could well be Capt. Nascimento's motto. He's a vigilante in uniform, in the tradition of the executioners played by Eastwood, Bronson, Stallone and 24 Hours' Jack Bauer; he's the heir to the 1970s' Brazilian military regime know-how on torture. Yet, the film tries hard at "humanizing" Nascimento: his wife's pregnant, his marriage falters, he's moved to tears by the suffering of a mother who lost her son in the traffic war, he's in medication for his panic attacks. AND he's trying to save the POPE's life, no less!

All the other characters are just rough sketches or caricatures. The one character who might be the classical "narrator/observer" (like Buscapé/Rocket in "City of God") is the idealist, Foucault-reading aspiring police officer Mathias (though it's hard to believe an aspiring officer could afford to attend Rio's most expensive law school). But Mathias, too, is finally co-opted by the brainwashing "Full-Metal-Jacket"-like BOPE training that changes him into an amoral beast fueled with rage.

Padilha says he wanted to portray Nascimento as a monster, and that audiences who are hailing Nascimento as a "hero" and BOPE as a "model" institution have caught him by surprise -- oh, really? Padilha is probably being sarcastic, naive or silly: everybody knows movie vigilante cops have been consistently idolized the world over (and co- writer Pimentel has publicly disagreed, stating the "Tropa" is clearly pro-BOPE). The graphic, sadistic scenes of torture -- supposedly meant to inspire disgust -- make the delight of a large vigilante-minded part of the audience. And Wagner Moura's extraordinary, scary performance as Nascimento is unsettling: we can't dismiss him as a stupid fascist the way we dismissed inarticulate stiffs like Bronson, Seagal or Stallone. The fact is that there's now a BOPE cult-following, with BOPE's logo (a skull pierced by pistols and knives) reproduced on t-shirts and underwear, BOPE officers being cheered in the streets in their armored "glory", and young kids (from all social classes) mimicking the film's "bag-in-the-head torture" as a new bullying style.

Militarists and pacifists will hardly change sides after the watching the film; militarists will have multiple orgasms and pacifists will cringe in horror. The filmmakers aren't interested in seriously discussing the drug issue (legalization is not even mentioned as an option). Nor in exposing Rio's drug traffic's multi-fingered interconnections, the zillion-dollar, highly organized international business involving farmers, money-washing executives, chemistry labs, gun-runners, bankers, politicians, accountants, lawyers, transport systems, etc. Nor in showing the real victims: the majority of the favela inhabitants, who aren't involved in the drug business but have to live under its rules, mere "extras" whose fate (in movies and in real life) is to be used, humiliated, segregated or, worse, wounded/killed by random bullets from BOTH policemen and traffickers.

"Tropa" is a must-see film, but it's misleading and entrapping: by opting for an "open", "what would YOU do?" ending (probably influenced by the breathtaking finale of "Paradise Now"), the filmmakers demands us to take sides about a very, VERY complex issue they've shown us only ONE angle of. "Tropa" is cinematically dazzling, but so physically and ideologically nauseating you'll need an antidote -- be sure to also watch the faceted, influential documentary "Notícias de uma Guerra Particular" and be aware of many other angles to a terrible reality that plagues not only Rio, but most of Third World's chaotic, no-man's-land, way out-of- control big cities.

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