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Elite Squad (2007)

Wagner Moura , André Ramiro , José Padilha  |  R |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Wagner Moura, André Ramiro, Caio Junqueira, Milhem Cortaz, Fernanda Machado
  • Directors: José Padilha
  • Writers: José Padilha, André Batista, Bráulio Mantovani, John Kaylin, Luiz Eduardo Soares
  • Producers: Bia Castro
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Portuguese
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Weinstein Company
  • DVD Release Date: October 28, 2008
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001CDFY2I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,804 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Elite Squad" on IMDb

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Though José Padilha's action-packed crime drama won the top prize at the Berlin Film Festival, a steady stream of controversy and acclaim has followed in its wake. Some critics have even accused the director of promoting fascism, while Padilha (Bus 174) contends that Elite Squad argues against police brutality. Like Vic Mackey, who heads up The Shield's LA strike force, narrator Captain Nascimento (Wagner Moura) heads up Rio de Janeiro's Police Special Operations Battalion (BOPE). It’s 1997, the Pope arrives for a visit in six months, and BOPE will stop at nothing to reduce crime in the favelas. The way they see it, drug traffickers have them outmanned and outgunned, so there's no point in playing by the rules. With their black uniforms and berets, the Skulls certainly cut an imposing figure. New police recruits Neto (Caio Junqueira) and aspiring lawyer Matias (André Ramiro) turn to Nascimento when their efforts to operate by the book only lead to frustration (Matias was inspired by author/law student/BOPE member André Batista). The burned-out captain sees his salvation in the two childhood friends; as soon as he selects a replacement, he plans to leave the force and spend time with his pregnant wife. Nascimento may find his man, but the ending is far from happy. Brutal and bleakly funny, Elite Squad depicts 1990s Rio as Danté's Ninth Circle of Hell. Nonetheless, Brazilians made the film an even bigger sensation than City of God, to which it serves as an essential companion piece. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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An action-packed thriller that follows an elite police battalion (BOPE) tasked with cleaning up a drug-ridden Rio de Janeiro slum in advance of the pope's 1997 visit. A team of trained killers, they struggle to do what's right in a corrupt system and dangerous neighborhood.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Not recommended
Subtitles were yellow and so very difficult to read, really annoying in a non-English film. Film itself was extremely violent.
Published 8 days ago by pmilli
4.0 out of 5 stars Elite story telling
Elite Squad reveals an action ambiance to the drug epidemic in Rio De Janero. It had two layers. The political and the slums. Most films are content with one. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Baron Brian
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Brazilian movie out there!
As a half Brazilian, I gotta say this is a HIGHLY accurate movie as to what goes on in favela life. This is my favorite Brazilian movie, and if you liked City of God, I would... Read more
Published 16 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Brita
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good movie
Published 1 month ago by Jeevanlal
5.0 out of 5 stars A must see
Fantastic movie, nuff said
Published 1 month ago by wyn
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding!
This film is awesome!

The story, the acting, the characters, the action & the politics are all top notch! Read more
Published 3 months ago by RockSteadyEddie
5.0 out of 5 stars EXTRAORDINARY! "The Wire" goes south and stops in Rio de Janeiro, all...
This film shocked me deeply but I am nevertheless very glad that I watched it, as this is in the same time a masterpiece and en eye-opener - a little bit like "The Wire"... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Maciej
4.0 out of 5 stars I love this movie!
I love this movie. It has so much action and conflict. It reminds me of home in Sao Paulo.Things aren't like that anymore, but I remember when they were.
Published 3 months ago by Leia Garacci
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good
At the same time a strong action movie and thriller that digs into Brazil's violent and corrupted system. Also strong visually and overall great acting performance...
Published 3 months ago by Bosson
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