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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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José Padilha
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Wagner Moura ... Capitão Nascimento
André Ramiro ... Aspirante Matias
Caio Junqueira Caio Junqueira ... Neto
Milhem Cortaz ... Capitão Fábio
Fernanda Machado ... Maria
Maria Ribeiro Maria Ribeiro ... Rosane
Paulo Vilela Paulo Vilela ... Edu
Fernanda de Freitas ... Roberta
André Di Mauro André Di Mauro ... Rodrigues (as André Mauro)
Fábio Lago Fábio Lago ... Claudio Mendes de Lima 'Baiano'
Erick Oliveira Erick Oliveira ... Marcinho (as Erick Maximiano Oliveira)
Patrick Santos Patrick Santos ... Tinho
Rafael d'Avila Rafael d'Avila ... Xuxa
Roberta Santiago Roberta Santiago ... Rose
Emerson Gomes Emerson Gomes ... Xaveco
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Storyline

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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

Brazil | USA | Argentina

Language:

Portuguese

Release Date:

12 October 2007 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

Elite Squad See more »

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This film was cited as the inspiration for the setting of the game Max Payne 3 (2012). See more »

Quotes

Capitão Nascimento: [at time of the lunch at the BOPE's Boot camp] Sheriff, how many minutes does your team need to eat?
Neto: Sir, maybe 10 minutes, Sir.
[the senior instructors laugh]
Capitão Nascimento: 10 Minutes, Sheriff? SHERIFF, YOU ARE A BUFFOON, SHERIFF! Your team will eat in 10 seconds, Sheriff...
[the senior instructors bring a cauldron full of slop, then, they drop the food on the ground]
Capitão Nascimento: ... And in 10 seconds I want this ground CLEAN, Sheriff.
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Connections

Followed by Elite Squad: The Enemy Within (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Lado B Lado A
Written by Marcelo Falcão
Performed by Rappa (as O Rappa)
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Amazingly good... and horrifying
12 November 2007 | by lurpleSee 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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