History Film / TheEliteSquad

5th Dec '16 3:39:55 PM Xtifr
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The Elite Squad (originally named ''Tropa de Elite'') is a Golden Bear-winning 2007 Brazilian movie depicting the war between Rio de Janeiro drug dealers and the police - specifically, the BOPE (''Batalhão de Operações Policiais Especiais'': "Special Police Operations Battalion"), the most feared police force in the State. In the midst of this war, Captain Roberto Nascimento prepares for retirement as his first child is born. To replace him, there are two regular police officers - hotheaded Neto and the more intellectual Matias. Add to the mixture police corruption, and you've got it.

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The ''The Elite Squad Squad'' (originally named ''Tropa de Elite'') is a Golden Bear-winning 2007 Brazilian movie depicting the war between Rio de Janeiro drug dealers and the police - specifically, the BOPE (''Batalhão de Operações Policiais Especiais'': "Special Police Operations Battalion"), the most feared police force in the State. In the midst of this war, Captain Roberto Nascimento prepares for retirement as his first child is born. To replace him, there are two regular police officers - hotheaded Neto and the more intellectual Matias. Add to the mixture police corruption, and you've got it.
14th Nov '16 1:52:46 PM Morgenthaler
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* {{Badass}}: Captain Nascimento. Though Matias probably qualifies, near the end.
** BadassArmy: BOPE, full stop. Baiano's reaction after [[spoiler: discovering the guy he just killed was one of them]] should tell you that messing with them is not the best of ideas. And then BOPE takes a level in badass in ''Tropa 2''.

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* {{Badass}}: Captain Nascimento. Though Matias probably qualifies, near the end.
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BadassArmy: BOPE, full stop. Baiano's reaction after [[spoiler: discovering the guy he just killed was one of them]] should tell you that messing with them is not the best of ideas. And then BOPE takes a level in badass in ''Tropa 2''.
8th Jul '16 3:08:49 AM Morgenthaler
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* CopKiller: When a bunch of crooks mortally wound an off-duty member of the BOPE (the Brazilian equivalent of [[SWATTeam SWAT]] and quite the BadassArmy), they have a massive OhCrap moment and rush him to the hospital (where he dies anyway). Captain Nascimento, the MemeticBadass [[TheObiWan Obi Wan]]/narrator mentions that the crooks are clever to be afraid, because BOPE's reaction to such a death would be a no-holds-barred [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge manhunt]]... which happens on the third act of the movie, with [[JackBauerInterrogationTechnique tortures]] galore.

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* CopKiller: When a bunch of crooks mortally wound an off-duty member of the BOPE (the Brazilian equivalent of [[SWATTeam SWAT]] and quite the BadassArmy), they have a massive OhCrap moment and rush him to the hospital (where he dies anyway). Captain Nascimento, the MemeticBadass [[TheObiWan Obi Wan]]/narrator teacher/narrator mentions that the crooks are clever to be afraid, because BOPE's reaction to such a death would be a no-holds-barred [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge manhunt]]... which happens on the third act of the movie, with [[JackBauerInterrogationTechnique tortures]] galore.
14th Dec '15 3:04:15 PM Discar
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* ThePresidentsDaughter: A lot of the stress in Tropa 1 occurs because Pope John Paul II was going to visit Rio (one of the memetic quotes was "Put it on the Pope's bill!").
28th Jul '15 3:33:38 AM WildGoose
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* HeWhoFightsMonsters: This is basically [[spoiler:Matias's]] character arc in Tropa 1. He originally believed in justice, but the more he learns about the corruption of the normal police and the depravity of the drug dealers, the more he dies inside. After some losses that hit close to home, he snaps. By the end of the film he's fully embraced BOPE's brutal ways. By the second movie, he is even more ruthless than Nascimento.

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* HeWhoFightsMonsters: This is basically [[spoiler:Matias's]] character arc in Tropa 1. He originally believed in justice, justice and the legal system (so much so he was going to law school and went to interview for a job in a law firm), but the more he learns about the corruption of the normal police and the depravity of the drug dealers, the more he dies inside. After some losses that hit close to home, he snaps. By the end of the film he's fully embraced BOPE's brutal ways. By the second movie, he is even more ruthless than Nascimento.


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** After the uproar over how Matias puts down a prison riot in Tropa 2, he's reassigned from [=BOPE=] to a desk job. After publicly bitching about the politicians and rules of engagement, he's kicked down to a store room.
10th Jan '15 5:36:19 AM GentlemensDame883
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* SociopathicHero: BOPE, full stop. On an individual level, Nascimento notes that Neto has "an itchy trigger finger."

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* SociopathicHero: BOPE, full stop. Civil rights do not exist for them. On an individual level, Nascimento notes that Neto has "an itchy trigger finger."
10th Jan '15 4:04:49 AM DavidCowie
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* SociopathicHero: BOPE, full stop.

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* SociopathicHero: BOPE, full stop. On an individual level, Nascimento notes that Neto has "an itchy trigger finger."
10th Jan '15 4:00:45 AM DavidCowie
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* ArtisticLicenceGunSafety: We see Neto practicing with a (presumably) unloaded pistol. Points at chair, click-click-click. Points at table, click-click-click. ''Points at Matias,'' click-click-click.
4th Jan '15 6:54:25 AM DavidCowie
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* TrailersAlwaysLie: The US release trailer implies Matias and Neto as joining BOPE to avenge a girl they loved who was killed by gang violence. [[spoiler: They got into BOPE after inadvertently triggering a shootout between drug dealers and {{Dirty Cop}}s, and were sick of the corruption in the police. Said girl is killed after they're already recruits and leave her, in the scene listed above in KillItWithFire.]]

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* TrailersAlwaysLie: TrailersAlwaysLie:
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The US release trailer implies Matias and Neto as joining BOPE to avenge a girl they loved who was killed by gang violence. [[spoiler: They got into BOPE after inadvertently triggering a shootout between drug dealers and {{Dirty Cop}}s, and were sick of the corruption in the police. Said girl is killed after they're already recruits and leave her, in the scene listed above in KillItWithFire.]]]]
** The "International Trailer" on the UK DVD has two brief shots of a cemetery filled with small white crosses. This is not a police cemetery - it is where failed recruits bury their numbered hats.
4th Jan '15 5:20:27 AM DavidCowie
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* OrangeBlueContrast: The main rooms in Nascimento's apartment have orange walls, and the bathroom is blue. Occasionally we see one room through the doorway of the other.
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