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The Elite Squad (Tropa De Elite) [DVD]

Wagner Moura , Caio Junqueira , Fabio Lago    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Wagner Moura, Caio Junqueira, André Ramiro, Maria Ribeiro, Fernanda Machado
  • Directors: Fabio Lago
  • Producers: Pedro Bromfman, Marcos Prado
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Portuguese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Jan 2009
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001KWHO92
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,260 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Elite Squad presents an astonishing and intimate look at Rio de Janeiro’s vast and intricate web of police corruption. It is 1997 and hundreds of thousands live in Rio’s notorious favelas – the volatile slums on the edge of the city. Drug trafficking militias have complete control within the slums while the police run their criminal enterprises outside. Being an honest cop in this environment makes you a target for both. The elite BOPE force (State Police Special Operations Battalion) fights to combat drug trafficking, but keeping order has its price and their actions blur the line between right and wrong, justice and revenge. Two of the force’s newest recruits, Neto (Caio Junqueira) and Matias (Andre Ramiro), are childhood friends: one is quick on the trigger to maintain order and the other forced to compromise his ideals. Together they are the perfect replacement for outgoing BOPE Captain Nascimento, but alone they may not have what it takes to survive.


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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars grim and gritty 31 Aug 2008
By godzilla78 VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
Fans of city of god/city of men should check this out however the feel good factor is something that is missing. Set in the Brazilian shanty towns, the story focuses upon 3 individuals within the police force and BOPE (elite police force) who use as much force and ruthlessness as the drug dealers and criminals. Two of the main characters aspire to become soldiers of BOPE although both men have different characteristics and methods but slowly realize what they must do to succeed. The third character wants to leave BOPE to start a family but must first groom a replacement in order to do so. This is where the new recruits come in. As the film proceeds the viewer is increasingly shown the ruthless methods the police rely upon to get results. Of the two recruits, one is more engaging and academic whilst the other dreams of joining the elite. However things aren't quite that simple as more and more people are sucked into the cycle of violence ala city of god etc. The film's release in Brazil courted controvesy as many believed the film showed the authority for what they really are...corrupt, brutal and unforgiving. Definetly one for the dvd collection upon release but just don't think all will be rosy by the end.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Abandon BOPE all ye who enter here! 1 Mar 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
A couple of rookies join Brazil's thin blue (well, green) line and get more than they bargained for when they are forced into extremely dangerous 'slum' situations night after night. Which isn't helped by the fact that they are surrounded by unsympathetic civilians and corrupt colleagues at every turn, who're happy to feed them to the streets in order to line their own dirty pockets..
Thoroughly enjoyed this cop thriller with its constant displays of violence and brutality. The themes are quite heavy, probably justifiably so, albeit I have no idea how realistic, or close to the bone this is, having never been to Brazil ~ I have however, on occasion, wandered the mean streets of the Scilly Isles if that counts?!
The story is engaging and the music and action is lively and chaotic enough for me to not really care about its social commentary or impact though, so I just sat back and enjoyed the ride. In fact if you like tough crime flicks with a very grey moral compass you could do much worse than neck a few cold Brahma's and check this out.
The bluray print is crisp and colourful but there's little in the way of extras, with only a trailer and a director interview.
Obviously people will see immediate similarities to this and City of God but I would also recommend the lesser seen film Pixote as another foray into the world of very good Brazilian ghetto movies.
4.25/5. Add an extra half a star if you like world crime cinema.
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32 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't shoot my face, you'll ruin my funeral 23 Nov 2008
By Gisli Jokull Gislason VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
Look at our unit symbol, it is a skull with two handguns and a dagger, what do you think we do.

In my opinion this was the best movie in 2008. It is a roller coster ride of raw brutality and general badness. There are over 70 Favelas (ghetto districts) in Rio de Janeiro and there is another good film "City of God" that tells the story of the Favelas through a boy who grew up in one but the focus on this movie is far more brutal. Here it is BOPE (Batalhão de Operações Policiais Especiais - Elite Squad) that is the central focus, and they can be called with justification a "Death Squad".

But the movie isn't as simple as that. We get to see the Favelas for what they are, the drug dealers and crime lords are the law and the regluar police is corrupt, walking a fine line between intervention and bribes. The crime gangs are armed to the teeth and with weapons of war rather than criminal weapons. Enter BOPE - sent in to fight the gangs and clean up the police if need be. And their policy is too shoot first or put the problem in the bag.

If you can handle the sheer brutallity then this movie has a lot to offer. If you wish to take the stand of condemning BOPE there is plenty of supporting evidence (but the real problem is the hell of the Favelas). But if there is a bias in the movie then it leans more to support BOPE - to battle a terrible situation maybe BOPE is the only way left deal with it. It is up to you to decide if they are the last remaining option or the worst of the worst.

City of God is probably a better movie in the strictest sense of movie making but I found Elite Squad to be more effective, probably because it is a much harder film and its focus is on the bad, very bad. It is based on a best selling book of the same name written by two former BOPE officers and draws more or less from real life. Of all the movies I saw in 2008 this was the one that affected me the most. It comes with my best recommendations.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent movie Barebones Blu Ray 3 Nov 2011
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Well this is probably the best Brazilian movie that I have ever seen.

Great stuff. The Blu Ray video and audio is quite good.

However...the Blu Ray is preety barebones, no commentary etc. and there is no english audio.

However don't let this detract from a truely great movie.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING!!! 9 Jan 2010
Format:Blu-ray
This movie is amazing. Big change from the big hollywood blockbusters. This is real life in the streets of Rio de Janeiro in the Favelas. Hardcore. Really good acting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Technically Amazing but some ethical issues 12 July 2013
Format:Blu-ray
If you are interested in life in Rio's favelas then your first stop should be City of God followed by this excellent film by the same writer. The narrative, the characters, the music, the cinematography, the dialogue, the directing, tension, pacing and overall look are all five star amazing. We see and feel the large amounts of blood sweat and tears.
The controversy about the film showing a fascist view of the police force is unavoidable. However, In a city that is overpopulated with poor, desperate people armed to the teeth with a unlimited supply of guns and there is so much drugs and crime, of course there will be fascism amongst the police force. They are going to be aggressive, they are going to shoot first when the people they are arresting are armed to the teeth. There are scenes of torture interrogations, bribe taking and tampering with evidence. I don't think the film condones the fascist actions but instead shows that this is the way life in the favelas happens. I think the film was trying to show an accurate reflection of the police in the favelas rather than saying what they were doing was right or wrong. The only problem people may have with the film is its politics and themes as on a technical and performance level it is magnificent.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Action Crime Drama!!
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. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Simon
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect
great delivery time and great condition only ordered it to see what i can expect for the robocop reboot and i am so glad i did this film is beuitifull full of everything and the... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Elliot
4.0 out of 5 stars BOP IT
This is probably one of my favourite foreign films. Apparently 20 per cent of the Rio population have to live in slums named after a poisonous plant. Favella. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Noel Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Very fast delivery
It is an awesome movie, it reflect's a bit of the level of violence in Rio and the real life in Brazil, i definately recommend to anyone that likes a bit of action movies
Published 10 months ago by Maicon Nunes
5.0 out of 5 stars Cop thriller on acid.
Made in Brazil in 2007, though set ten years earlier, in the slums of Rio de Janeiro. Before the pope is due to visit the country, the authorities resolve to clear the slums of the... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Mr. P. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Rough and tough
I have quite a lot of contact with Brazil. Believe me the law abiding citizen loves BOPE, the SAS style police unit for heavy use against drug cartels and other criminal... Read more
Published 12 months ago by PG Williams
1.0 out of 5 stars Disliked
It wasn't the DVD I wanted - this is all subtitles - the DVD based on a story by Fiennes
Published 15 months ago by Julie Blemings
4.0 out of 5 stars In Rio it's hard to say who you want to avoid most, the drug dealers...
The drug dealers are violent and armed. The cops are violent, armed and corrupt. That is, except for BOPE, the special police operations squad of the Rio police. Read more
Published 17 months ago by C. O. DeRiemer
4.0 out of 5 stars BOPE
This is an awesome movie and in my opinion better than The Enemy Within. Make sure you watch it before you watch the sequel.
Published on 18 April 2012 by Luther
5.0 out of 5 stars Winner of the Berlin film festival 2008
This film deservedly won the Berlin film Festival in 2008. It never even got nominated for an oscar, and neither did the sequel. Read more
Published on 8 April 2012 by Tando
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