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Special Forces (2011) More at IMDbPro »Forces spéciales (original title)

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Special Forces -- A thriller centered on a French journalist in Afghanistan is kidnapped by the Taliban, and the special-forces unit dispatched to rescue her.
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  (in credits order)

Diane Kruger ... Elsa

Djimon Hounsou ... Kovax

Benoît Magimel ... Tic-Tac

Denis Ménochet ... Lucas

Raphaël Personnaz ... Elias
Alain Figlarz ... Victor
Alain Alivon ... Marius
Mehdi Nebbou ... Amen

Raz Degan ... Ahmed Zaief

Tchéky Karyo ... Amiral Guezennec

Morjana Alaoui ... Maina
Didier Flamand ... Jacques Beauregard
Jacques Gallo ... Le Pacha
Bernard Allouf ... Le President de La Republique
Marine Faure ... La Premier Ministre
Eric Soubelet ... Patron De La Duse
Jean-Paul Dubois ... Ministre de La Défense
Antoine Blanquefort ... Ministre des Affaires Etrangeres
Laurent Claret ... Chef d'etat Major Particulier Du President
Jeanne Bournaud ... Alex
Isabelle Vitari ... Lisa
Anne Caillon ... Jeanne
Said Said Kamolidinov ... Oakley
Nurullo Abdullayev ... Le Mollah Zukhan
Denis Braccini ... Criminel de Guerre Serbe (as Denis Bracini)
Greg Fromentin ... Salemani
Neo Nojoli ... Samuel
Juliette Hospitalier ... Eva
Ambre Rybojad ... Ambre
Armaud Bouchard ... Main Dalex
Elsa Levy ... La journaliste
Matthias Van Khache ... Richard (as Mathias van Khache)
Jackie Fouquereau ... L'ambassadeur a Khabul
Séverin Bavarel ... Journaliste 1 (as Severin Bavarel)
Stéphanie Brongniart ... Journaliste 2 (as Stephanie Brongniart)
Olivier Pierre Richard ... Journaliste 3
Alexandre Brick ... Journaliste 4
Eleonore Woodward ... Assistante Jacques Beauregard
Eric Kailey ... Gars 1 Barbecue
Fabrice Laroche Joubert ... Gars 2 Barbecue
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Julie Baronnie ... Invitée (uncredited)

Directed by
Stéphane Rybojad 
Writing credits
Stéphane Rybojad (adaptation and dialogue) &
Michael Cooper (adaptation and dialogue)

Emmanuelle Collomp (collaboration)

Stéphane Rybojad (written by)

Produced by
Thierry Marro .... producer
Benoit Ponsaillé .... executive producer
Benoit Ponsaillé .... producer
Original Music by
Xavier Berthelot (original music by)
Cinematography by
David Jankowski 
Film Editing by
Erwan Pecher 
Stéphane Rybojad 
Casting by
Juliette Ménager 
Set Decoration by
Christophe Jutz (chief decorator)
Costume Design by
Céline El Mazouzi 
Makeup Department
Marthe Faucouit .... makeup artist
Laetitia Hillion .... special makeup effects artist
Flore Masson .... makeup department head
Chloé Van Lierde .... makeup artist
Production Management
Jean-Charles Berlan .... assistant unit manager
Christina Crassaris .... post-production supervisor
Anne-Thaïse Foucard .... assistant unit manager
Marie Giustinati .... assistant post-production manager
Sylvain Maignan .... assistant unit manager
Patrick Santiago Meunier .... production manager
Claire Patronik .... assistant production manager (as Claire Orantin)
Arzur Ronan .... assistant unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ibrahim Afsunov .... assistant director: Tajikistan
Farid Alidodov .... assistant director: Tajikistan
Oscar Borne .... third assistant director
Laure Chichmanov .... third assistant director
Jacques Eberhard .... first assistant director
Akrame El Meziane .... co-first assistant director
Raphaelle Gassot .... third assistant director
Alexia Genty .... second assistant director
Nosir Kimatshov .... assistant director: Tajikistan
Munira Kirgizbekova .... assistant director: Tajikistan
Jamal Navruzov .... assistant director: Tajikistan
Jovio Pisarejev .... assistant director: Tajikistan
Sharaf Saidrakhmonov .... assistant director: Tajikistan
Ganjina Sechoieva .... assistant director: Tajikistan
Gulomnazar Sohinazarov .... assistant director: Tajikistan
Art Department
Abdillah Weiss Bareh .... laborer: Djibouti
Stéphane Becimol .... first assistant decorator (as Stephane Becimol)
Sylvain Cabouat .... props: Plateau
Antoine Galinié .... ripper (as Antoine Galinie)
Abourachid Darar Guedid .... laborer: Djibouti
Yanick Isoard .... second assistant decorator (as Yannck Isoard)
Grégoire Martin .... assistant decorator: Caylus (as Gregoire Martin)
Ludovic Renaud .... props: Paris
Samuelle Sommier .... props: Caylus
Sound Department
Charles Autrand .... dialogue editor
Niels Barletta .... sound mastering engineer
Damien Bera .... adr/foley mixer
Damien Bera .... sound re-recording mixer
Theophane Bernard-Brunel .... sound assistant
Charlotte Butrak .... sound editor
Vincent Cosson .... foley mixer
Sabrina Felgueiras .... assistant dialogue editor
Marie Giustinati .... assistant foley recordist
Benoit Hery .... supervising sound editor (as Benoît Héry)
Cyril Holtz .... sound re-recording mixer
François Lambert .... sound mix technician
Arnaud Lavaleix .... sound
Benjamin Lécuyer .... sound mix technician
Fred Mays .... post-synchronisation
Pierre Picq .... boom operator
Emmanuel Ughetto .... boom operator
Special Effects by
Olivier Afonso .... special effects makeup
Nicolas Herlin .... special effects makeup
Laetitia Hillion .... special effects makeup
Cyril Hipaux .... special effects makeup
Frédéric Lainé .... special effects makeup
Visual Effects by
Isabelle Roussel .... digital compositor
Frédéric Alhinho .... stunts
Stéphane Orsolani .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Tiphaine Birotheau .... first assistant camera
Edwin Broyer .... key grip
Quentin de Lamarzelle .... second assistant camera
Hugues Espinasse .... first assistant camera
Gregory Fromentin .... gaffer
Nicolas Labrousse .... additional electrician
Magnen .... aerial cinematographer
Thibault Marsan-Bacheré .... camera operator (as Thibault Marsan)
Jeremy Mauroy .... second assistant camera
Jérôme Pezzini .... electrician
Pierre Rigaudy .... grip
Michel Rodas .... steady cam operator
Pauline Sanderre .... video assist operator
Fabien Veillas .... grip
Casting Department
Sonia Cascino .... casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jura Anoyatshoev .... assistant dresser: Tajikistan
Céline Brelaud .... costumer
Rasul Shamirov .... assistant dresser: Tajikistan
Editorial Department
Elie Akoka .... colorist
Adélaïde Basson .... trainee assistant editor
Zaghini Flora .... additional assistant editor
Music Department
Cecile Coutelier .... music editor
Transportation Department
Abbas Houmed Abbas .... driver: Djibouti
Abdoulkader Aboubaker .... driver: Djibouti
Houmed Ibrahim Aboubaker .... driver: Djibouti
Omid Adabekov .... driver: Tajikistan
Aboubaker Ahmed .... truck driver: Djibouti
Ali Moussa Ali .... driver: Djibouti
Ali Mirgan Areita .... driver: Djibouti
Akaber Ashurbekov .... truck driver: Tajikistan
Dovlat Ashurbekov .... truck driver: Tajikistan
Yayo Mohamed Ayou .... driver: Djibouti
Bakhtali Bakhtaliev .... driver: Tajikistan
Yussuf Bakhtaliev .... transportation coordinator: Tajikistan
Loula Djama Barreh .... truck driver: Djibouti
Charmake Omar Darar .... driver: Djibouti
Mirza Deqhanov .... driver: Tajikistan
Ambarkhan Djomaev .... driver: Tajikistan
Zaher Dogalev .... driver: Tajikistan
Aqil Dogaliev .... driver: Tajikistan
Imumnazar Dowranov .... truck driver: Tajikistan
Aden Djama Egueh .... driver: Djibouti
Karim Dirir Elmi .... truck driver: Djibouti
Mezrad Emranshdev .... driver: Tajikistan
Jamal Eskandarov .... driver: Tajikistan
Firuz Gamalov .... driver: Tajikistan
Alim Golbardeh .... driver: Tajikistan
Med Gona .... driver: Djibouti
Houssein Abdillahi Hadi .... driver: Djibouti
Aicha Gohar Hamadou .... truck driver: Djibouti
Abbas Ibrahim Hassan .... driver: Djibouti
Abdoulkader Hassan .... truck driver: Djibouti
Asli Ali Hassan .... driver: Djibouti
Ibrahim Mohamed Houmad .... driver: Djibouti
Hammadou Mahamad Houmed .... driver: Djibouti
Mohamed Mahamoud Houssein .... driver: Djibouti
Nowrozsah Janabalishah .... driver: Tajikistan
Salim Kaikavdos .... driver: Tajikistan
Shirin Karibsaev .... driver: Tajikistan
Zaher Katabekov .... driver: Tajikistan
Alec Keshkarov .... driver: Tajikistan
Zahir Khalivaev .... driver: Tajikistan
Eskandar Khoshatchina .... driver: Tajikistan
Behrooz Khoshnazarov .... driver: Tajikistan
Muslim Khoshnazarov .... driver: Tajikistan
Sharaf Kogadadoff .... driver: Tajikistan
Arthur Lalibekov .... driver: Tajikistan
Ibrahim Med Loubak .... driver: Djibouti
Dilavar Majnunov .... driver: Tajikistan
Abdoulkader Med .... driver: Djibouti
Dilavar Mirzakhanov .... truck driver: Tajikistan
Amadbek Mirzasaidov .... driver: Tajikistan
Mahamoud Abdoulkader Modamed .... driver: Djibouti
Hassan Witti Mohamed .... driver: Djibouti
Dovlatshah Nadershaev .... truck driver: Tajikistan
Habib Naqzibek .... driver: Tajikistan
Torson Niqadamov .... driver: Tajikistan
Nazar Nowrozmamadov .... driver: Tajikistan
Adou Loita Ougoureh .... driver: Djibouti
Houmed Loita Ougoureh .... transportation coordinator: Djibouti
Aboolhakim Mohamed Raziev .... truck driver: Tajikistan
Abdoulkader Robleh .... truck driver: Djibouti
Alem Saidkulov .... driver: Tajikistan
Dodal Sakarov .... driver: Tajikistan
Osman Shambeh .... driver: Tajikistan
Sarkar Sharnazar .... driver: Tajikistan
Shirdjan Shirdjanov .... driver: Tajikistan
Kavdos Taiqonshaev .... driver: Tajikistan
Nazar Tchiniov .... driver: Tajikistan
Ismael Daher Weis .... driver: Djibouti
Fahrad Zaidolaev .... driver: Tajikistan
Other crew
Ofiz Mollo Abdolov .... assistant administrator: Tajikistan
Reza Boirahmady .... location manager
Cédric Borie .... location manager
Zarina Bornova .... caterer: Tajikistan
Zaydulloeva Diloro .... caterer: Tajikistan
Abdallah Dini .... security: Djibouti
Damien Gayrard .... location manager
Manjia Gulmamadova .... caterer: Tajikistan
Risolat Haydarova .... caterer: Tajikistan
David Julienne .... armorer
Dominique Julienne .... armorer
Marzia Khubonshoieva .... caterer: Tajikistan
Aziz Kurdonmamadov .... caterer: Tajikistan
Marc Lemeslier .... armorer
Zarangis Mamadkarimova .... caterer: Tajikistan
Christophe Maratier .... armorer
Marie Maurin .... script supervisor
Louis Meunier .... location manager: Tadjikistan
Peti Misaila .... assistant to Mrs. Kruger
Firdavs Musoev .... assistant administrator: Tajikistan
Iftikhor Niyozamamadov .... caterer: Tajikistan
Gadid Mohamed Nori .... security: Djibouti
Alexis Oros .... runner
Tamriz Pulodov .... caterer: Tajikistan
Omar Rachid .... security: Djibouti
Azim Shohaydarov .... caterer: Tajikistan
Husniya Shohaydarova .... caterer: Tajikistan
Drew Van Wyk .... assistant to Djimon Hounsou
Satullo Vatanbekov .... caterer: Tajikistan

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Also Known As:
"Forces spéciales" - France (original title)
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Rated R for language and some violence
109 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Elias is cut off from his unit, pursued by the enemy, and killed by multiple small arms fire. This is exactly what happens to SGT Elias in Platoon (1986).See more »
Continuity: Pakistani Secret Service Officer's car and Ahmed Zaief's car both have the same license plate.See more »
[last lines]
Elsa:Thank you.
Amiral Guezennec:For what? I should have found you.
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E=MC2See more »


Why The French Special Forces don't Use Famas Assault Rifle in this movie?
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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Worth a look but not brilliant or original or quite believable, 6 February 2014
Author: secondtake from United States

Special Forces (2011)

The main reason to see this movie is to get a look at a French parallel to American war movies set in Afghanistan. There are clear similarities, and even some borrowed clichés (assuming the American movies created the clichés—mostly from earlier war movies). And there are some interesting differences, like the way the characters are developed and their slightly different sense of camaraderie.

The bulk of this movie is similar to many adventure films. A group of "good guys" is trying to escape from forces of evil that want to kill them. This is on the border of Pakistan and Afghanistan, and the "bad guys" are some extremist Taliban (if that's not redundant). The main bad guy conveniently speaks perfect Oxbridge English (not French) and is thoughtful and thoughtless at once.

All of this seems like good stuff, and it is somehow interesting for its uniqueness coming out of French movie-making and French national pride. Don't expect any soul searching here, or actual revelations about character or even about the cause of war. The good and evil aspects are simply given, and then shown in the usual way. What sustains the movie through all this is that it's very well done, and the acting (and therefore the characters) are quite believable. There is true heroism and suffering. And a taut suspense in many scenes.

It's too long by far, however, and there is a huge chuck of the movie where the group, with its shrinking numbers, struggles through the mountains that seem to become impossibly snowy and alpine. It isn't clear why the French military gives up trying to save them after dropping them in enemy territory. The Americans, who would have been there more or less de facto, are not mentioned or hinted at (which I don't mind, but it's not quite realistic as the crisis gets worse).

There's even an improbable moment, after days of absolute struggle through some high snowy terrain, that the bad guys show up as if they took a taxi. Maybe they did. But it's all so convenient and packaged.

So, take it for what it is. Well done, solid in some ways, and wobbly in its larger arc.

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