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José Padilha

Elite Squad


In 1997 Rio de Janeiro, Captain Nascimento has to find a substitute for his position while trying to take down drug dealers and criminals before the Pope visits.

  • Director: José Padilha
  • Main Cast: Wagner Moura, Caio Junqueira, Milhem Cortaz
  • Soundtrack: Pedro Bromfman
  • Cinematography: Lula Carvalho
  • Screenplay: José Padilha

Original title in Brazil is Tropa de Elite.

  • Cinema Premiere: September 19, 2008

What do the critics think?


11 reviews of Elite Squad (2007)

  • 1. Dagens Nyheter
    8 / 10

    The actors, led by Wagner Moura as Nascimento, are all outstanding, the situations are vivid, and the questions raised are highly interesting. - Kerstin Gezelius

    Swedish: dn.se »

  • 2. Sveriges Radio
    8 / 10

    Two hours of drumming violence and aggression with a documentary background but with all the effects of the film. Powerful and disturbing. - Björn Jansson

    Swedish: sverigesradio.se »

  • 3. Nöjesguiden
    Positiv, no rating

    It is an unpleasant but fascinating sensation. - Erik Augustin Palm

    Swedish: ng.se »

  • 4. New York Magazine
    7 / 10

    The captain narrates in a punchy, journalistic style that gives "Elite Squad" an air of sociological realism - David Edelstein

    nymag.com »

  • 5. Village Voice
    7 / 10

    The jabbing tone, point-blank violence, and jittery visual syntax will be familiar to any fan of "The Shield". - Jim Ridley

    Village Voice »

  • 6. Game Reactor
    6 / 10

    Gripping and well-acted police thriller - Johan Bergström

    Swedish: gamereactor.se »

  • 7. Expressen
    6 / 10

    If they had only scrapped the overly explicit and CONSTANTLY present narrative voice, it would have been easier to like this visually explosive film. - Jenny Rickardson

    Swedish: expressen.se »

  • 8. Aftonbladet
    4 / 10

    Yes, there is an enormous amount of action. But at the same time it is heartless and so messily made, that one has been forced to lay on the protagonist's grinding narrative voice over the whole thing. - Jan-Olov Andersson

    Swedish: aftonbladet.se »

  • 9. Moviezine
    4 / 10

    The ambition behind 'Tropa de Elite' lands somewhere in the political sphere; the film wants to be able to influence, ask questions and ultimately participate in the change of the seemingly corrupt police force and do something about the increasingly segregating society. Unfortunately, this time the choice was to make its voice heard through the aesthetics of violence. - Mattias Löfroth

    Swedish: moviezine.se »

  • 10. Svenska Dagbladet
    3.3 / 10

    A violent orgy without nuances - Hynek Pallas

    Swedish: svd.se »

  • 11. Variety
    Negative, no rating

    One-note celebration of violence-for-good that plays like a recruitment film for fascist thugs. - Jay Weissberg

    Variety »

World-Wide Box Office Revenue

Box Office

Elite Squad has earned a total of 14 759 148 dollars from cinemas across the world (the global box office).