Marcus Luttrell and his team set out on a mission to capture or kill notorious Taliban leader Ahmad Shah, in late June 2005. Marcus and his team are left to fight for their lives in one of the most valiant efforts of modern warfare.


Peter Berg


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Wahlberg ... Marcus Luttrell
Taylor Kitsch ... Michael Murphy
Emile Hirsch ... Danny Dietz
Ben Foster ... Matt 'Axe' Axelson
Yousuf Azami ... Shah
Ali Suliman ... Gulab
Eric Bana ... Erik Kristensen
Alexander Ludwig ... Shane Patton
Rich Ting ... James Suh
Dan Bilzerian ... Healy
Jerry Ferrara ... Hasslert
Rick Vargas Rick Vargas ... Crew Chief
Scott Elrod ... QRF SEAL
Gregory Rockwood ... Chinook Pilot #1
Ryan Kay Ryan Kay ... Chinook Pilot #2


Marcus Luttrell, a Navy Seal, and his team set out on a mission to capture or kill notorious Taliban leader Ahmad Shah, in late June 2005. After running into mountain herders and capturing them, they were left with no choice but to follow their rules of engagement or be imprisoned. Now Marcus and his team are left to fight for their lives in one of the most valiant efforts of modern warfare. Written by Jose Tinto

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Based on True Acts of Courage See more »


Action | Biography | Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong bloody war violence and pervasive language | See all certifications »

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Actual military veterans were used in the film to fulfill extra and acting roles. See more »


In numerous shots of the SEALs falling down the mountains the faces of the replacement stunt performers are visible. See more »


[first lines]
Seal Instructor: [pulling exhausted trainee from the water] Six times three?
Seal Trainee: [groans]
Seal Instructor: Hurry up, Hurry up, Hurry up... Hurry up.
Seal Trainee: Eighteen.
Seal Instructor: Ooh!
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Crazy Credits

Much product placement of Under Urmour Company... See more »


References The Lone Ranger (1949) See more »


Canned Heat
Written by Sola Akingbola, Wallis Buchanan, Simon Katz, Jay Kay, Toby Smith and Derrick McKenzie
Performed by Jamiroquai
Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment U.K. Limited
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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A Mere Propaganda Film. Nothing More. Nothing Less.
15 January 2014 | by CinemaClownSee all my reviews

Based on the nonfiction book of the same name & set during the War in Afghanistan, Lone Survivor tries to recreate the US Navy SEALs' Operation Red Wings, a failed mission in which a survey team of 4 soldiers were tasked to locate the Taliban leader, Ahmad Shah. And even though it impresses in parts & has a lot in it to evoke the patriotic response from its target audience (which is American viewers obviously), Lone Survivor ends up going completely overboard in dramatizing the true events & suffers from the very clichés that most films of its genre find themselves trapped in.

What's right with this film is Peter Berg's dynamic direction, tense atmosphere, superb pacing, intense battle sequences, precision use of sound, music & relatively fine performances from its star cast who were actually capable of delivering more than what ended up being in the final print. What's wrong with it, however, is its lack of emotional depth or character development, sometimes going overly dramatic than required and too much reliance on action to push its story forward which ultimately crosses the fine line between exploration & exploitation to revel in the latter.

On an overall scale, Lone Survivor has nothing new to offer compared to what other films of this genre have already given us so far. Yes, it's brutal. Yes, it looks realistic to some extent. Yes, the battle sequences are disturbing, graphic &, in my opinion, explosively entertaining as well. But, there is also no denying that its characters remain hollow throughout its runtime, the story or characters aren't explored enough for us to invest our emotions in & all in all, this war drama is nothing less or more than a mere propaganda film, unfortunately.

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English | Pushto | Arabic

Release Date:

10 January 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

New Mexico, USA See more »


Box Office


$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$90,872, 29 December 2013

Gross USA:


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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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