Elite Squad

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Overview

For decades, the South American metropolis of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, has clocked in as staggeringly lethal. Its violence-scarred and blood-strewn ghettos or "favelas" are regularly patrolled by crazed drug gangs whose open-fire battles with police often spread out onto the main thoroughfares and turn ordinary civilians into casualties. In response, the Brazilian government formed a crack paramilitary force known as the BOPE Batalhão de Operações Policiais Especiais, or Special Police Operations Battalion to take...
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Overview

For decades, the South American metropolis of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, has clocked in as staggeringly lethal. Its violence-scarred and blood-strewn ghettos or "favelas" are regularly patrolled by crazed drug gangs whose open-fire battles with police often spread out onto the main thoroughfares and turn ordinary civilians into casualties. In response, the Brazilian government formed a crack paramilitary force known as the BOPE Batalhão de Operações Policiais Especiais, or Special Police Operations Battalion to take matters into its own hands. Now, director José Padilha's social-consciousness drama Tropa de Elite carries viewers inside of BOPE for a scathing indictment of the cycle of violence that permeates Brazilian society, scripted by 12-year-plus BOPE veteran Rodrigo Pimentel. Wagner Moura Hector Babenco's Carandiru stars as Captain Nascimento, the leader of a BOPE unit who is seriously considering retirement in the face of his impending fatherhood. In an effort to pick his successor, he looks to two younger recruits, part-time law student André Matias André Ramiro and the bellicose hood Neto Caio Junqueira -- but soon recognizes that these naïve men will need to seriously mature before one can take the reins. Inevitably, the events that each encounters on the roughshod Brazilian streets -- particularly a trip to clean up some of the neighborhoods in anticipation of the pope's visit -- begin to shape and redefine them in ways that neither can even begin to anticipate. Meanwhile, BOPE grapples with its own internal problems -- particularly the extreme corruption and underhandedness of each squad leader, whose sideline activities range from resupplying weapons to gangs to the racketeering of strip clubs.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/14/2008
  • UPC: 796019815482
  • Original Release: 2008
  • Rating:

  • Source: Weinstein Company
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled / Dubbed
  • Time: 1:55:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 24,612

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Wagner Moura Capitão Nascimento
André Ramiro André Matias
Caio Junqueira Neto
Milhem Cortaz Capitão Fábio
Fernanda Machado Maria
Maria Ribeiro Rosane
Fabio Lago
Fernanda de Freitas
Paulo Vilela Edu
Marcelo Valle
Marcello Escorel
Andre Mauro
Paulo Hamilton
Thogun
Rafael d'Avila
Emerson Gomes
Patrick Santos
Erick Maximiano Oliveira
Bruno Delia
Andre Santino
Ricardo Sodre
Technical Credits
José Padilha Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Pedro Bromfman Score Composer
Lula Carvalho Cinematographer
Bia Castro Executive Producer
Eduardo Costantini Executive Producer
James D'Arcy Co-producer
Maria Clara Ferreira Executive Producer
Claudia Kopke Costumes/Costume Designer
Alessandro Laroca Sound Editor
Leandro Lima Sound/Sound Designer
Braulio Mantovani Screenwriter
Scott Martin Executive Producer
Tule Peake Production Designer
Rodrigo Pimentel Screenwriter
Marcos Prado Producer
Daniel Rezende Editor
Rafael Salgado Asst. Director
Eliana Soarez Co-producer
Genna Terranova Executive Producer
Fatima Toledo Casting
Armando Torres Jr. Sound Mixer
Martin Macias Trujillo Makeup
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Elite Squad
1. Slums of Rio de Janeiro [4:40]
2. Military Police [4:16]
3. Rookie Officers [4:34]
4. Security for the Pope [4:59]
5. New Friends [5:23]
6. Police Harassment [6:59]
7. Classroom Debate [4:50]
8. Corrupt System [5:56]
9. Dumping Bodies [5:24]
10. Commander's Payoff [5:37]
11. Punishment [5:08]
12. Shootout [6:33]
13. A Replacement [6:19]
14. Training Camp [6:23]
15. Eight Men Remained [4:26]
16. Final Exam [5:29]
17. Changing Plans [6:39]
18. Mistakes [6:00]
19. Revenge [5:29]
20. A Worthy Officer [5:27]
21. End Credits [4:32]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Elite Squad
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      Captions and Subtitles
         English
         English for the Hearing Impaired
         Spanish
         None
      Audio Options
         Portuguese
         English
   Scene Selection
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2013

    bad ass

    bad ass

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Elite Squad

    This is a great movie. It really shows the reality in the favelas of Rio. It's really violent, but I guess that impacts the watchers to really understand what goes on. I am from Brazil, and it is sad to watch this and know that that's not just a movie, it's a movie about the reality going on in there. And people just dont do much about it. maybe this movie will shock authorities to do something to change this sad world in rio

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