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Special Forces (2011)
"Forces spéciales" (original title)

R  |   |  Action, Drama, War  |  2 November 2011 (France)
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A French journalist in Afghanistan is kidnapped by the Taliban.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alain Figlarz ...
Alain Alivon ...
Ahmed Zaief
Amiral Guezennec
Didier Flamand ...
Jacques Beauregard
Jacques Gallo ...
Le Pacha
Bernard Allouf ...
Le President de La Republique
Marine Faure ...
La Premier Ministre


In Afghanistan, French journalist Elsa and her colleague Amen are covering the story of Maina, a woman sold to a man when she was a child. Taliban leader Ahmed Zaief abducts Elsa and Amen and tries to force them to read a message to Western governments. The French president sends six Special Force to rescue Elsa who's hidden in a fortress in Pakistan. The team composed of Commander Kovax, Tic-Tac, Lucas, the sniper Elias, Victor and Marius release Elsa and Amen from their imprisonment but lose their radios. Now the group needs to cross the inhospitable land to save their lives with the Taliban chasing them. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Survival. Honor. Sacrifice.


Action | Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

2 November 2011 (France)  »

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Special Forces  »

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€10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$10,759 (USA) (12 October 2012)


$10,759 (USA) (12 October 2012)

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Based on their respective beret colors and badges, Kovax, Lucas, Victor and Marius are all "Commandos Marine" of the French Navy, while Elias is most likely from the "No. 10 Air Parachute Commando" unit of the French Air Force and Tic-Tac is a Commando from the French Army's "1st Marine Infantry Parachute Regiment". France's Special Operations Command (COS) has direct operational command of all special operation units, and thus are able to select members from different branches based on mission needs. See more »


While the opening scene is set in Kosovo, the cars have French license plates. See more »


[last lines]
Elsa: Thank you.
Amiral Guezennec: For what? I should have found you.
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Written by Dan Donovan, Don Letts and Mick Jones
Performed by Big Audio Dynamite
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Much better than I expected
5 November 2011 | by (Paris, France) – See all my reviews

Starts as the expected showy advertising for French armed forces (I love the genre but I understand it may not be everybody's cup of tea), then masquerades as some attempt at a lame military action storyline... And then before you know it you find yourself emotionally pulled into a story that provides its share of insights into the contemporary meaning of being a professional soldier. Obviously heavy support from the French armed forces to the production enables the attention to detail that provides credible full immersion into the environment through many vignettes. Stunning landscapes make that even better. Sure, a couple of tactical choices and implausible coincidences pivotal to the story look like concessions to the necessities of a Hollywood movie scenario... But I'll gladly forgive that - and the use of music too : the temptations of becoming a documentary or a caricature have been resisted after all, and what's left is an engaging survival story that will catch an audience far wider than the military niche.

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