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Elite Squad (2007)

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“Tropa de Elite”

Action, Crime, Drama |

Elite Squad is a Brazilian crime film directed by José Padilha. The film is a semi-fictional account of the Batalhão de Operações Policiais Especiais (BOPE), the Special Police Operations Battalion of the Rio de Janeiro Military Police, analogous to the American SWAT teams. It is the second feature film and first fiction film of Padilha, who had previously directed the documentary Bus 174. The script was written by Bráulio Mantovani (City of God) and Padilha, based on the book Elite da Tropa by sociologist Luiz Eduardo Soares and two former BOPE captains, André Batista and Rodrigo Pimentel.

Elite Squad was an overwhelming critical and commercial success and became a cultural phenomenon in Brazil. The film won the Golden Bear at the 2008 Berlin Film Festival. Its sequel, Elite Squad: The Enemy Within, released in Brazil on October 8, 2010, holds industry records in the country for ticket sales and gross revenue.

The film opens with a narration by BOPE Captain Nascimento (Wagner Moura) explaining the illegal liasons between Rio de Janeiro’s police force and the city’s drug lords.

In 1997, novice police officers André Matias (André Ramiro) and Neto Gouveia (Caio Junqueira) use a sniper rifle telescope to observe officer Captain Oliveira (Marcelo Valle) and other policemen rendezvous with drug traffickers. Neto accidentally pulls the trigger, causing a deadly gunfight between the officers and thugs since both sides are unaware of where the bullet came from. As Mathias and Neto flee the scene, Nascimento and his men head to the shootout to rescue the police officers.

Director: José Padilha

Writers: André Batista (book), Bráulio Mantovani, José Padilha, Rodrigo Pimentel (book), Luiz Eduardo Soares (book)

Stars: Wagner Moura, André Ramiro, Caio Junqueira, Milhem Cortaz, Fernanda Machado, Maria Ribeiro, Paulo Vilela

Cast:

Wagner MouraCapitão Nascimento
André RamiroAspirante Matias
Caio JunqueiraNeto
Milhem CortazCapitão Fábio
Fernanda MachadoMaria
Maria RibeiroRosane
Paulo VilelaEdu
Fernanda de FreitasRoberta
André Di MauroRodrigues (as André Mauro)
Fábio LagoClaudio Mendes de Lima ‘Baiano’
Erick OliveiraMarcinho (as Erick Maximiano Oliveira)
Patrick SantosTinho
Rafael d’AvilaXuxa
Roberta SantiagoRose
Emerson GomesXaveco
Bernardo JablonskiProf. Gusmão
Allan GuilhermeRomerito
Marcelo EscorelCoronel Otávio
Marcelo ValleCapitão Oliveira
Paulo HamiltonSoldado Paulo
Thogun TeixeiraCabo Tião (as Thogun)
Saulo RodriguesCapitão Cabral
Thelmo FernandesSargento Alves
Pierre SantosMotoqueiro Comandante
Ronaldo ReisSubcomandante Estevão
Leandro CastilhoSoldado Machado
Márcio FonsecaCabo Bruno
Sandro RochaSargenteante
Alexandre NevesMotorista Patamo
Marcello GonçalvesSoldado Patamo
Murilo ElbasCoronel Antunes
Bruno d’EliaCapitão Azevedo
Alexandre MofattiSubcomandante Carvalho
André SantinhoTenente Renan
Rod CarvalhoTenente Barcellos
Marcelo CavalcantiSargento Gonçalo
Ricardo SodréCabo Bocão
Juliano CazarréSoldado Tatu
Pablo SobralFontes
Gabriel TeixeiraSoldado Ari
Cássio NascimentoSoldado Moraes
Diego SantiagoVitor Padilha
Augusto MadeiraMédico da Polícia
Suzana PiresPsiquiatra da Polícia
Ana Paula SeccoMãe de Romerito
Brian AmorimFogueteiro Beco 117
Rosana BarrosMãe Fogueteiro Beco 117
Wendel BarrosMorador Turano
Álamo FacóEncadernador
Nathalia DillAluna & Moça 1 Festa
Daniel LentiniAluno & Rapaz 1 Festa
Michel BloisAluno & Rapaz 2 Festa
Bento RibeiroAluno & Rapaz 3 Festa
Flávia RubimPatricinha
Cintia RosaMulher do Baiano
Kauã MessiasFilho do Baiano
Márcio CostaFumaça
Cesar CalixtoBill
Marcello Melo Jr.Lombada
Hugo GrativolJóia
Anderson MelloAdemar Gerente Oficina
Xando GraçaBira
Guilherme GuaralMarimbondo
Alvaro Diniz ViegasApurador (as Álvaro Viégas)
Ivens GodinhoDeputado Altino Lima
Erick BurdonDono Lanchonete
Rafael GnoneRepórter Fotográfico
Otto Jr.Major Gouveia (as Otto Júnior)
Joana MedeirosDona Estela
Alberto FlaksmanAdvogado (uncredited)
Thiago Mendonça(uncredited)

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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