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Elite Squad(Tropa de Elite)

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Brazil, USA, Argentina

2007

Rated R • 1h 55m

Director José Padilha

Starring Wagner Moura, Caio Junqueira, André Ramiro, Milhem Cortaz

Genre Drama, Action, Crime

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In 1997, before the visit of the pope to Rio de Janeiro, Captain Nascimento from BOPE (Special Police Operations Battalion) is assigned to eliminate the risks of the drug dealers in a dangerous slum nearby where the pope intends to be lodged.

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Christian Science Monitor by

Pokes and prods the viewer to watch the brutal, indiscriminate methods of Rio's SWAT-like cops and then demands only one conclusion: That cops in Rio's drug-infested slums must do what they do and if that means rampant point-blank executions, so be it.
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New York Magazine (Vulture) by David Edelstein

The captain narrates in a punchy, journalistic style that gives Elite Squad an air of sociological realism--it bears a resemblance to viscerally exciting seventies urban thrillers like "The French Connection."

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