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Elite Squad (Tropa d'Elite)

  • 2007
  • Brazil
  • 114 min
  • 18

This compelling thriller is set in 1997 Rio de Janeiro, months before a visit from Pope John Paul II. The rundown housing schemes are mired in drugs, violence and police corruption. It is time for the city's ultra-violent BOPE, the city's militarily trained elite police squad to step up their game. Powerful, mature filmmaking styled with a brutal clarity.

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Elite Squad

7 Aug 20084 stars

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Wagner Moura - Elite Squad

7 Aug 2008

Girls swoon when Wagner Moura wanders through his old haunts in Sao Paulo. The 32-year-old graduate in journalism with boyish good looks is in the process of going global thanks to his role as the captain of the shoot-first-ask-questions-later elite…

Elite Squad (Tropa D'Elite)

19 Jun 20084 stars

Edinburgh International Film Festival

(José Padilha, Brazil) 118min Based on Luiz Eduardo Soares’ bestseller, Elite Squad is a favela thriller from the director of 2002 documentary Bus 174. It’s 1997 in Rio de Janeiro, months before a visit from Pope John Paul II. The rundown housing…

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