Elite Squad

October 12th, 2007

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Elite Squad

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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.

Release Year: 2007

Rating: 8.0/10 (35,256 voted)

Critic's Score: 33/100

Director: José Padilha

Stars: Wagner Moura, André Ramiro, Caio Junqueira

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...

Writers: José Padilha, Bráulio Mantovani

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'
Patrick Santos - Tinho
Rafael d'Avila - Xuxa
Roberta Santiago -
Emerson Gomes - Xaveco
Bernardo Jablonski - Law teacher

Taglines: On the streets of Rio only the elite survive.


Official Website: Official site [Brazil] | TFM Distribution [France] |

Release Date: 12 October 2007

Filming Locations: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Box Office Details

Budget: $4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: BRL 1,786,339 (Brazil) (7 October 2007) (170 Screens)

Gross: $8,060 (USA) (28 September 2008)

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Did You Know?

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.

Police oficer: [a popular saying about BOPE] "Dagger to the skull and nothing to the wallet."

User Review

This movie will make you think, then it will make you angry, then you will want to fight.

Rating: 10/10

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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