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Lone Survivor (2013)

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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.

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Peter Berg

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Peter Berg, Marcus Luttrell (book) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 6 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »

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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
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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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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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Trivia

Lt. Michael Murphy graduated from The Pennsylvania State University in 1998. To date, he is the only Penn State graduate that has been awarded the Medal of Honor (posthumously). A veterans' memorial plaza was constructed on Penn State's University Park, PA main campus, and is dedicated and named in the memory of Lt. Murphy. The plaza was dedicated on the evening before the Penn State - Navy game played on September 11, 2012 (Patriot Day). See more »

Goofs

A villager is blown back over a white truck with an orange front side panel at around 1hr 46 mins mark and the same villager can be seen being blown back over the same truck again at around 1hr 47mins. See more »

Quotes

[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 »

Connections

References Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004) See more »

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Written by Christoffer Franzén
Performed by Lights & Motion
Courtesy of Deep Elm
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Jingoistic overtones rob this film of its anti war message
31 December 2013 | by s3276169See all my reviews

Its lamentable that whilst Lone Survivor might be viewed as a anti war film it could just as easily be perceived as a ringing endorsement for the US military.

The plot of the film is simple enough, a group of special forces soldiers are sent to Afghanistan to assassinate a militia leader with ties to the Taliban. Due to poor planning, dodgy equipment and a general lack of resources however the mission is doomed to failure.

What follows is visceral, disturbing and above all very sad. Even if like me you are not from the United States you can not help but feel considerable sympathy as you watch a group of young men horrifically slaughtered as they take on an overwhelmingly larger enemy force.

Whats really troubling about Lone Survivor is it stubbornly refuses to shed the jingoistic overtones that could have lifted this film above the raft of other US made war movies. Questions about the waste of human life and potential, the political validity of wars fought on foreign soil,that are inherent in this film are drowned out by the "rah rah and hoopla" about God and country.

I can not as a consequence recommend this film. Indeed I'd go so far as to say it's an irresponsible film that romanticizes war, perpetuating the myth that dying on the field of battle is something other than bloody, gruesome and ultimately pointless.


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Language:

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 »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$90,872, 29 December 2013

Gross USA:

$125,095,601

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$154,802,912
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