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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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  (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
Marine de Roulet .... assistant makeup artist
Magalie Dumas .... additional make up artist
Sabine Fevre .... key makeup artist
Chandes Flore .... additional 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
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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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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Poor rendition, shoot the legend please, 19 January 2015
Author: vostf ( from Paris, Fr

Based on a true story: this means you have to cheat to tell an effective story, but cheat brilliantly, remodelling the whole story, not miserably adding and subtracting minor plot elements. If you want to be faithful to the real events, do a documentary. This would have been much more interesting to understand the whole thing.

L'Assaut jumps straight ahead on land-mines: picking a couple of characters that are not heroes, but only good people trying to do their job best in a more or less coordinated manner. GIGN (SWAT) officer Thierry is not interesting beyond his training and his commitment to save live. Adding a heavy subplot about lethal risks Vs. family life is ludicrous at best, but mostly plain boring. As are the rest of the nice guys: what with all the intercut between GIGN team, crisis management meetings that look no more tense than a random corporation board meeting, and subplots to fill in the void before the main action, you have a very cheap rendition of a real-life suspenseful event.

The terrorists come out the best characters in the whole movie, and the group leader is the only fine piece of acting at all. Real facts somewhat distract from the real tension building inside the plane (hijacking lasted a couple of days) instead of building up suspense.

The stupid multiplicity of viewpoints, the sprinkling of facts instead of a tense storyline simply makes this movie a very lame one. The good people involved in the real hijacking really deserved a much better homage.

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