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For decades, the South American metropolis of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, has clocked in as staggeringly lethal. Its violence-scarred and blood-strewn ghettos (or "favelas") are regularly patrolled by crazed drug gangs whose open-fire battles with police often spread out onto the main thoroughfares and turn ordinary civilians into casualties. In response, the Brazilian government formed a crack paramilitary force known as the BOPE (Batalhão de Operações Policiais Especiais, or Special Police Operations Battalion) to take matters into its own hands. Now, director José Padilha's social-consciousness drama Tropa de Elite carries viewers inside of BOPE for a scathing indictment of the cycle of violence that permeates Brazilian society, scripted by 12-year-plus BOPE veteran Rodrigo Pimentel. Wagner Moura (Hector Babenco's Hector Babenco) stars as Captain Nascimento, the leader of a BOPE unit who is seriously considering retirement in the face of his impending fatherhood. In an effort to pick his successor, he looks to two younger recruits, part-time law student André Matias (André Ramiro) and the bellicose hood Neto (Caio Junqueira) -- but soon recognizes that these naïve men will need to seriously mature before one can take the reins. Inevitably, the events that each encounters on the roughshod Brazilian streets -- particularly a trip to clean up some of the neighborhoods in anticipation of the pope's visit -- begin to shape and redefine them in ways that neither can even begin to anticipate. Meanwhile, BOPE grapples with its own internal problems -- particularly the extreme corruption and underhandedness of each squad leader, whose sideline activities range from resupplying weapons to gangs to the racketeering of strip clubs. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi

  • Release date:September 19, 2008


José Padilha
José Padilha
Marcos Prado
José Padilha
Rodrigo Pimentel
Braulio Mantovani
Lula Carvalho
Pedro Bromfman
Composer (Music Score)
Daniel Rezende
James D'Arcy
Eliana Soarez
Maria Clara Ferreira
Executive Producer
Bia Castro
Executive Producer
Eduardo Costantini
Executive Producer
Scott Martin
Executive Producer
Genna Terranova
Executive Producer
Claudia Kopke
Costume Designer
Leandro Lima
Sound/Sound Designer
Fatima Toledo
Armando Torres Jr.
Sound Mixer
Phil Neilson
Second Unit Director
Alessandro Laroca
Sound Editor