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Zero Dark Thirty (2012)

R  |   |  Drama, History, Thriller  |  11 January 2013 (USA)
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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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The greatest manhunt 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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Box Office


$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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Did You Know?


"Zero Dark Thirty" is not a military terms that means 12:30 AM. Zero Dark is not midnight. It simply refers to an early/late time of the day (Depending on your perspective) often referred to in a negative light. It's similar to the phrase, "Beer-thirty." See more »


At the start of the water-boarding during Dan's second interrogation of Ammar, he puts on gloves to adjust the rope, and then 10 seconds later when he picks up the towel the gloves are missing. When they are on the floor the gloves are back in his pocket. See more »


[first lines]
Dan: I own you, Ammar.
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Crazy Credits

The filmmakers wish to especially acknowledge the sacrifice of those men, women, and families who were most impacted by the events depicted in this film: the victims and the families of the 9/11 attacks; as well as the attacks in the United Kingdom; the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad, Pakistan; in Khobar, Saudi Arabia; and at the Camp Chapman Forward Operating Base in Afghanistan. We also wish to acknowledge and honor the many extraordinary military and intelligence professionals and first responders who have made the ultimate sacrifice. See more »


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User Reviews

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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