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Zero Dark Thirty (2012)

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A chronicle of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the September 2001 attacks, and his death at the hands of the Navy S.E.A.L.s Team 6 in May 2011.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Wahab Sheikh ...
Detainee on Monitor
Detainee on Monitor
Nabil Elouahabi ...
Detainee on Monitor
Aymen Hamdouchi ...
Detainee on Monitor
Detainee on Monitor
Ali Marhyar ...
Interrogator on Monitor
Interrogator on Monitor


Maya is a CIA operative whose first experience is in the interrogation of prisoners following the Al Qaeda attacks against the U.S. on the 11th September 2001. She is a reluctant participant in extreme duress applied to the detainees, but believes that the truth may only be obtained through such tactics. For several years, she is single-minded in her pursuit of leads to uncover the whereabouts of Al Qaeda's leader, Osama Bin Laden. Finally, in 2011, it appears that her work will pay off, and a U.S. Navy SEAL team is sent to kill or capture Bin Laden. But only Maya is confident Bin Laden is where she says he is. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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For ten years one woman never stopped searching for the most wanted man in history See more »

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Rated R for strong violence including brutal disturbing images, and for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

11 January 2013 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kill Bin Laden  »

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$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$417,150 (USA) (21 December 2012)


$95,720,716 (USA) (29 March 2013)

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Several important factors in the preparation and execution of the raid, as detailed in the book "No Easy Day", were glossed over or not mentioned in this film. These include, specifically, 1) the debate over whether to bomb the compound or conduct a special forces raid, 2) the construction of a complete training mockup of the compound in North Carolina and repeated drills using the same SEAL teams and helicopters as on the eventual raid, and 3) the presence of backup Black Hawks at a forward staging area during the mission, which proved to be vital to recovering the team after the crash of the stealth Black Hawk during the initial insertion. It is assumed these were left out for dramatic purposes. See more »


As Ammar is about to be water boarded, Dan tackles him to the floor. Right before being tackled, Ammar lifts his right leg to facilitate the take-down. See more »


[first lines]
Dan: I own you, Ammar.
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If you enjoyed the Hurt Locker .....
5 October 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I have come to this film pretty late and am a bit surprised at the polarised views

I enjoyed the Hurt Locker and given that the outcome is obviously known I still found it tense, dramatic etc and I put this down to Katherine Bigelow's skill as a director

As others as commented this is far from propaganda as it is a pretty uncomfortable ride in the early part of the film as torture is used

I didn't see this as an 'ends justifies the means' positioning, however but steps along the journey

if you haven't seen it certainly don't be put off by the low mark reviews, they are just silly

There is so much directorial skill here

Certainly If you enjoyed the Hurt locker then see this

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