Elite Squad

For decades Rio de Janeiro has ranked as one of the most violent cities in the world. Brutal drug lords patrol the favelas, and gun battles with police often claim innocent bystanders. In response, the Brazilian government created a crack paramilitary force, known as BOPE, who handle the streets in their own way, corrupted by drugs and money. Based on the accounts of a 19-year veteran of the Special Police Operations Battalion, and scripted by Braulio Mantovani ('CIty of God'), this explosive and graphically violent film was a hit in its homeland, and won the Golden Bear at the Berlin FIlm Festival.

Year: 2007
Genre: Alice's 500 Greatest Films, Thrillers & Suspense, Latin America Cinema, Based on..., Film Festivals 2008, Action
Country: Brazil, Netherlands, USA
Director: Jose Padilha
Starring: Wagner Moura, Caio Junqueira, Andre Ramiro, Maria Ribeiro, Fernanda Machado, Fernanda de Freitas
Duration: 110 Minutes
Rating: R18 - Contains graphic violence, drug use and offensive language
Subtitles: Yes
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