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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:
... Capitão Nascimento
... Aspirante Matias
Caio Junqueira ... Neto
... Capitão Fábio
... Maria
Maria Ribeiro ... Rosane
Paulo Vilela ... Edu
... Roberta
André Di Mauro ... 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
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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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Rated R for strong violence, pervasive language and drug content | See all certifications »

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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 character Roberto Nascimento was named after Sandro Nascimento, the criminal who died right after being arrested by Rio de Janeiro police for hijacking a bus. His life was depicted in Ônibus 174 (2002), which was also directed by this film's director, José Padilha. See more »

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Police oficer: [a popular saying about BOPE] "Dagger to the skull and nothing to the wallet."
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By MC Júnior, MC Leonardo and Bateria da Rocinha
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This movie will make you think, then it will make you angry, then you will want to fight.
25 August 2007 | by See all my reviews

The movie tells the story of BOPE, which is equivalent to the SWAT in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Only difference is that, in Rio, the police is so corrupt, that they often must fight for themselves.

The movie has action - a lot of action-, and it also touches on deep sociological problems that plague the city to these days. It's a great compliment to City of God and, in my opinion, even better. City of God shows how the drug problem started in Rio. This movie shows where the city is now.

Vagner Moura is perfect in his role. He's a great good-bad guy. The movie is brilliant.


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