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Release Date:
9 March 2011 (France) See more »
227 Hostages. 1 French SWAT Team. Live Television. See more »
Based on a true story, a SWAT team is tasked with storming a high-jacked Air France plane to save its passengers. | Add synopsis »
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Way too overrated. Even as a French film, it was poorly done. See more (17 total) »


  (in credits order)
Vincent Elbaz ... Thierry

Grégori Derangère ... Commandant Denis Favier
Mélanie Bernier ... Carole
Aymen Saïdi ... Yahia
Chems Dahmani ... Mustapha
Mohid Abid ... Makhlouf
Djanis Bouzyani ... Salim
Marie Guillard ... Claire
Naturel Le Ruyet ... Emma

Philippe Bas ... Didier snipper GIGN
Philippe Cura ... GIGN 1
Grégoire Taulère ... GIGN 2
Charlie Costillas ... Jeune recrue GIGN 1
Ludovic Meacci ... Jeune recrue GIGN 2
Laurent Paillot ... Administratif GIGN
Antoine Basler ... Solignac
Louis Arène ... Assistant Solignac

Hugo Becker ... Leroy
Hugues Martel ... Directeur du cabinet Orsay
Hervé Dubourjal ... Directeur du cabinet Beauvau
François Lescurat ... Expert aéronautique
Thierry Piétra ... Agent DST
Abdelhafid Metalsi ... Ali Touchent

Jean-Philippe Puymartin ... Commandant de bord
David Sevier ... Copilote
Marc Robert ... Mécanicien
Samira Lachhab ... Leïla
Samira Sedira ... Mère de Leïla
Lounès Tazairt ... Père de Leïla
Nicolas Melocco ... Yannick Beugnet
Faridh Badaoui ... Policier algérien (as Farid Badaoui)
Abdelkrim Bahloul ... Melki
Bing Yin ... Otage vietnamien
Zorah Benali ... Mère de Yahia
Kader Kada ... Négociateur Ninja
Fatima Adoum ... Passagère lère classe

Jane Resmond ... Hôtesse de l'air
Thierry Jennaud ... Stewart
Lassâad Salaani ... Homme d'entretien Alger

Bruno Seznec ... Directeur aéroport Marignane
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jade Chkif ... Membre du GIA - terroriste (uncredited)
Vincent Heneine ... Bull (uncredited)
John Sehil ... Le deuxième agent d'entretien de l'avion, à l'aéroport d'Alger (uncredited)
Marcus Shultz ... Passenger (uncredited)

Directed by
Julien Leclercq 
Writing credits
Simon Moutairou (written by) &
Julien Leclercq (written by)

Roland Môntins (book) &
Gilles Cauture (book)

Produced by
Julien Leclercq .... producer
Julien Madon .... producer
Marc Olla .... executive producer
Original Music by
Jean-Jacques Hertz 
François Roy 
Cinematography by
Thierry Pouget 
Film Editing by
Mickael Dumontier 
Christine Lucas Navarro 
Frédéric Thoraval 
Casting by
Pierre-Jacques Bénichou 
Production Design by
Jean-Philippe Moreaux 
Costume Design by
Muriel Legrand 
Makeup Department
Flore Chandes .... additional makeup artist
Marine de Roulet .... assistant makeup artist
Magalie Dumas .... additional make up artist
Sabine Fevre .... key makeup artist
Nicolas Herlin .... special makeup effects artist
Laetitia Hillion .... special makeup effects artist
Production Management
Franck Barreau .... assistant unit manager
Marie-Anne Houzé .... assistant unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Thierry Lecomte .... first assistant director
Art Department
Anne Passelergue .... painter
Sound Department
Sébastien Ariaux .... dialogue editor
Sébastien Ariaux .... re-recording mixer
Sebastien Cortequisse .... adr recordist
Cedric Denooz .... sound editor
Florian Fabre .... foley artist
Alexandre Fleurant .... dialogue editor
Alexandre Fleurant .... sound editor (segment)
Frédéric Le Louet .... sound designer
Frédéric Le Louet .... sound editor
Sébastien Marquilly .... sound designer
Sébastien Marquilly .... supervising sound editor
Piste Rouge .... sound: studio
Pierre Sans .... boom operator
Bruno Seznec .... sound studio manager
Bruno Seznec .... sound supervisor
Special Effects by
Olivier Afonso .... special effects makeup
Guillaume Castagné .... special effects makeup
Nicolas Herlin .... special effects makeup
Laetitia Hillion .... special effects makeup
Frédéric Lainé .... special effects makeup
Pascal Larue .... special effects makeup
Visual Effects by
Sirius Buisson .... visual effect artist
Camille Chaine .... shoot operator: conformation & mastering
Sebastien Corne .... visual effects artist
John Meunier .... visual effects producer: BUF
Loris Paillier .... visual effects supervisor
Guillaume Palegie .... digital artist: BUF
Arnaud Trouvé .... software development: BUF
Edouard Valton .... vfx production manager: BUF
Sébastien Lagniez .... stunt driver
Camera and Electrical Department
François Belin .... additional video assistant
Olivier Benoist .... gaffer
Franck Bouchoucha .... key grip
Camille Clément .... video assistant
Mika Cotellon .... still photographer
Arnaud Diaz .... electrician
Euriel Etevenon .... first assistant camera
Jean-Pierre Garbin .... electrician
Thierry Pouget .... camera operator
Emmanuel Roudaut .... electrician
Amandine Schelle .... second assistant camera
Arnaud Serre .... grip
Gilles Sollier .... grip
Patrick Vobecourt .... electrician
Casting Department
Ophélie Gelber .... casting assistant
Cecile Lubeau .... extras casting assistant
Thomas Lubeau .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sandrine Langen .... set costumer
Sandrine Langen .... wardrobe
Dorothée Lissac .... costumer
Clémentine Rousselot .... costume assistant
Other crew
Nayla Camus .... production secretary
Mika Cotellon .... director: making of
Aurelia Fourcaut .... script supervisor
Marc Leroyer .... weapons coordinator
Joel Maytie .... production administrator
Xavier Gens .... thanks

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"L'assaut" - France (original title)
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Rated R for violence
91 min | France:95 min
Aspect Ratio:
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Way too overrated. Even as a French film, it was poorly done., 18 July 2017
Author: Harrison Tweed (Top Dawg) from Canada

Reading some of the reviews (probably fake and part of the production team), they are defending the color de-saturation/black and white effect, slow pace etc...

And then there's the other idiotic reviews that are basic plot summaries or synopsis - that's not a review and does not belong here, nor does it merit a film!

I've seen many great French films, and to simply excuse all the negative aspects of this film because it's French-made and it's to be expected, is no excuse for a poor screenplay, terrible editing, idiotic cinematography, and disgraceful directing.

Let's start with the de-saturation/black and white; it's meant for dated, artsy-type or musical films... French or not.

The shaky cam was so annoying, I wanted to stop watching this film every 15 minutes, but gave it a chance. This is not typical French cinematography or directing... this is the director trying to Americanize this film. Fail.

The editing was about as good as a fifth grader cutting pieces of paper for an abstract piece.

The screenplay is what needed the cutting; I didn't need to see forever-long prayers from the terrorists. We get it, they are loyal to their God. And screaming it non-stop to all the passengers - even a 5th grade bully would have had more intimidating dialogue.

The plot had more holes in it than the shots fired.

As one reviewer stated, this film would have been better as a documentary, and probably would have held the viewers attention better.

Sure the story based on actual events was interesting, and the casting wasn't too bad. But those are the only two reasons this film was deserving of my 4/10 score, but that's it.

Any amateur film-maker with an iPhone could have put together a better film and cut this screenplay to 1 hour and be more effective and entertaining.

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