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Elite Squad (2007)

Tropa de Elite (original title)
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In 1997 Rio de Janeiro, Captain Nascimento has to find a substitute for his position while trying to take down drug dealers and criminals before the Pope visits.

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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 ... 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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Country:

Brazil | USA | Argentina

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 USA:

$3,604, 21 September 2008

Gross USA:

$8,744

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,067,078
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Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

During the shooting of the film, a van with 90 firearms (30 real and 60 prop guns) was robbed in the hill of Chapéu Mangueira. Teams from the local police stormed the Favela Pavão-Pavãozinho, in Copacabana, to recover the guns, but the operation was only partially successful. See more »

Quotes

Capitão Nascimento: [as the police squad arrives at the bottom of the slum, regular policemen starts to prepare to follow them] Nobody's going up! Nobody's going up!
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Katia Flavia A Godiva Do Iraja
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Performed by Fausto Fawcett and Robos Elemeros
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BOPE makes SWAT look like a bunch of girl scouts
9 June 2010 | by nvillesantiSee all my reviews

After watching the amazing movie, City of God, a few years ago I just wanted to see more. Although Tropa de Elite has the same raw look of City of God, is different in content.

Tropa de Elite is about a group of Rio de Janeiro cops that grow tired of the system and declare war against crime and corruption and literally aren't taking any prisoners to the point that you just can't help but cheer for BOPE no matter their brutal methods of interrogation.

The photography is stunning and the action is extreme and realistic. You have to see this movie more than once because there is so much going in terms of plot and action that you might miss it. The story is well put together and the acting is as good as any, but what I liked the most was the sense of dread BOPE was able to inflict on the minds of criminals and corrupt cops. If you like City of God and City of Men, you will absolutely love Tropa de Elite. Highly recommended!


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