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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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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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11 January 2013 (USA)  »

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Kill Bin Laden  »

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$40,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$95,720,716 (USA) (29 March 2013)
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Jessica Chastain's agents originally declined the role of Maya. Producer Megan Ellison, who had worked with Chastain on Lawless (2012), gave Kathryn Bigelow Chastain's phone number so she could personally offer her the role. Chastain accepted. See more »

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A sign board with Shimla (hill station in India), Panchkula (near Chandigarh,India) can be seen during the secret stalking of Abu Ahmed's white SUV by the CIA. See more »

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[first lines]
Dan: I own you, Ammar.
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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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Written by Hillary Scott, Josh Kear, Dave Haywood and Charles Kelley
Performed by Lady Antebellum
Courtesy of Capitol Records Nashville
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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MY REVIEW: The Hunt Worth Finding!!
18 January 2014 | by (Jaipur, India) – See all my reviews

Zero Dark Thirty. Not sure why it is titled that but anyway it is the chronicle of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the 9/11 attacks in 2001, and his death at the hands of the American military in May 2011. From the word go, the movie takes you to the hunt, importance and desperation of it. Here the lead character Maya played by terrific Jessica Chastain fights fire with ice but in few scenes her outburst gives you the goosebumps in this thrilling chase. In last hour or so where they believe that they have located their man, movie converts into the one of the most thrilling and realistic missions showcased on celluloid. On the flip side, I kept waiting for some back story of Maya to know why she is like that. Even though I felt that they just got lucky in finding Osama Bin Laden and some sequences were over simplified, there is no denying because of this movie I was able to experience the most important man-hunt of recent times. Don't miss it!!


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