In 1997, before the visit of the pope to Rio de Janeiro, Captain Nascimento from BOPE (Special Police Operation Battalion) is assigned to eliminate the risks of the drug dealers in a dangerous slum nearby where the pope intends to be lodged. Captain Nascimento is trying to find a man to replace him because his wife is pregnant and he intends to quit the command and become a trainer of the new recruits. Meanwhile, the two idealistic friends Neto and Matias join the Military Police force expecting to become honest policemen and fight the criminals. However, they see only corruption, lack of competence and stupid bureaucracy in the Military Police, and after a serious incident in the Morro da Babilônia, they decide to join the BOPE. The lives of Capitain Nascimento, Neto and Matias are entwined along the next months, first in the tough training period and then in action against drug dealers. Nascimento believes that Neto could be his substitute, but his impulsive attitudes jeopardizes ...Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The university where part of the film was shot is PUC, located in the pleasant neighborhood of Gávea in at Rio de Janeiro, a very traditional elite school considered the best private university in Brazil and one of the best educational institutions in South America. This is where André Batista, one of the film's screenwriters, attended law school. He was a member of BOPE and was the inspiration for the character of André Matias, an honest man who finds himself torn between his life as a BOPE member and his lifelong dream of being a lawyer. See more »
23, you're not wearing your strap?
We're this far into training and you forget to put your strap on. You mean your partner falls wounded, what you gonna do, throw your rifle on the ground?
Gonna shove it up your ass?
So put the fucking strap!
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Written by Marcelo Falcão
Performed by Rappa (as O Rappa) See more »
An impressive film (shame about the superficial and reactionary reviews)
Elite Squad is an impressive and enjoyable film. It is well directed, well acted, and well worth watching.
There has been a lot of criticism of Elite Squad for being fascist. Such a perspective is disappointingly superficial. Too many critics have failed to distinguish the narrative perspective from the ideological perspective of the film. Although an admittedly reactionary and authoritarian BOPE member, Captain Nascimento, narrates it, the film's primary criticisms are regarding low pay for police, systemic corruption, and, the middle class's irresponsible consumption of drugs. As for any feeling that the brutal violence is justified that a viewer may be left with, this has more to do with the fact that in certain extreme circumstances desperate times call for desperate measures.
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