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

Writers:

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

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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Storyline

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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Vive para contar la historia (Live to tell the story) See more »

Genres:

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

A long list of investors willing to chip in at least a million dollars to make the movie, were each rewarded with the credit of "Producer". See more »

Goofs

There are no rattlesnakes in Afghanistan. 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

Referenced in Mike & Mike: Episode dated 15 July 2016 (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Pure intensity, action, death, and bravery
22 October 2014 | by secondtakeSee all my reviews

Lone Survivor (2013)

A more-or-less accurate depiction of four highly capable SEAL soldiers dropped into enemy territory in Afghanistan. They were then discovered and attacked by dozens of area Taliban. The recreation is riveting, disturbing in its intensity, and eye-opening. Whatever you feel about the war there, or even about soldiers killing other soldiers, you end up admiring the sheer abilities of these fit, smart, determined men.

And only one survives (this is told in the title). So you go into it knowing it will end badly, and also that one of them (probably Mark Wahlberg, the biggest name here) will make it. If the fighting, which makes up most of the movie in the center core of it, is seemingly endless, that's part of the point. But when it shifts to a local village near the end the tale has another kind of intensity, and a welcome change.

This is straight up action material. It lacks even the layers that other movies with similar settings add (see "The Hurt Locker" for one example). But in a way that makes this distinctive. It moves in linear fashion through time, through the events, and so you barrel along without mental complication to the end. It forces everything on the action, and the realistic portrayal of the unbelievable hardship and pain, and death, that comes along the way.

Check out the overly-long Wikipedia page on this movie for lots of facts about production, and about the liberties they took with the facts. Or just watch the movie knowing that there are the usual permitted changes that dramatization requires. Even as pure fiction the movie has enough kinetic and heroic acts to succeed on its own terms.


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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English | Pushto | Arabic

Release Date:

10 January 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lone Survivor See more »

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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Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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