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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 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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From the Academy Award nominated writer of 'City of God' See more »


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

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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

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The university where part of the film was shot is PUC, located in the pleasant neighborhood of Gávea in at Rio de Janeiro, a very traditional elite school considered the best private university in Brazil and one of the best educational institutions in South America. This is where André Batista, one of the film's screenwriters, attended law school. He was a member of BOPE and was the inspiration for the character of André Matias, an honest man who finds himself torn between his life as a BOPE member and his lifelong dream of being a lawyer. 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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Terrific Thriller
16 August 2007 | by welingto-1See all my reviews

If you loved City of God and Carandiru, you have to see this movie. Maybe it's the most complex Brazilian movie about violence. It combines a discussion about the problem of violence in Rio de Janeiro, the police corruption and the society responsibility and, what is more important, Elite Squad is a terrific thriller: nervous, intriguing and entertaining. Cinema at it's best.

Bráulio Mantovani, from City of God, wrote the screenplay and Daniel Rezend, also from CDD, is the editor (Both nominated to the Oscar).

Above, one article about the film:

"WASHINGTON (Reuters Life!)

characters lie dead in the street within minutes of the opening of Brazilian director Jose Padilha's new film which he hopes will shed new light on gang violence and police corruption in his country.

"Elite Squad," which Padilha wrote with former Rio police officer Rodrigo Pimentel, follows two young Rio de Janeiro police officers as their fantasy of implementing law and order disintegrates into bloodshed and corruption.

It details night raids through the makeshift homes of the city's hillside slums known as favelas, as well as the stark class differences that feed an appetite for riches among many of its poor residents.

Padilha, 39, said he had originally hoped to use the information he received from Pimentel for a documentary but quickly realized that it would not be feasible.

"How would I do this, go to corrupt cops with cameras?" he asks. "If I tried to make this film as a documentary, it would probably get me killed." Padilha, whose highly-acclaimed debut film "Bus 174" about a real-life bus hijacking in Rio was released in 2002, has strived to make the film as realistic as possible, shooting much of the film on the favelas' narrow streets.

"Elite Squad" is based on Pimentel's account of his tenure as captain of Rio's elite police force which has come under attack by Amnesty International for brutality.

Like "Bus 174," it exposes the darker elements of Brazil that contrast vividly with the nation's colorful, extravagant Carnival celebrations."


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