Theatrical Release Date: 07 Aug 2008
Home Ent. Release Date: 25 Jan 2009
Running Time: 114m 13s
ELITE SQUAD (TROPA DE ELITE) is an intense and astonishing look at Rio de Janeiro’s notorious favelas, the volatile slums on the edge of the city. The film is set in 1997 and presents an intimate look at the city’s vast and intricate web of corruption. Drug trafficking militias have virtual control within the favelas while the police run their criminal enterprises outside. The elite BOPE force (State Police Special Operations Battalion) combats drug trafficking – keeping order has its price though and their actions make it difficult to distinguish right from wrong and justice from revenge. Directed by José Padilha, (BUS 174), and written by Padilha, Academy Award® nominated writer Bráulio Mantovani (CITY OF GOD) and Rodrigo Pimentel, comes the controversial film ELITE SQUAD (TROPA DE ELITE), winner of the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival 2008.