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Act of Valor (2012)

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An elite team of Navy SEALs embark on a covert mission to recover a kidnapped CIA agent.

Directors:

Mike McCoy (as Mouse McCoy), Scott Waugh

Writer:

Kurt Johnstad
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rorke Denver ... Lieutenant Rorke (as LCDR Rorke)
Dave Dave ... Chief Dave (as SOC Dave)
Sonny Sonny ... SO1 Sonny (as SOC Sonny)
Weimy Weimy ... SO1 Weimy (as SOC Weimy)
Ray Ray ... SO1 Ray (as SO1 Ray)
Ajay Ajay ... SO1 Ajay (as SO1 Ajay)
Mikey Mikey ... SO1 Mikey (as SOC Mikey)
Derick Van Orden Derick Van Orden ... Senior Chief Otto (as SOCS Van D)
Katelyn Katelyn ... LT Lyons (as Katelyn)
Callaghan Callaghan ... Admiral Callaghan (as Admiral Callaghan)
Captain Duncan Smith Captain Duncan Smith ... Captain Duncan Smith
Billy Billy ... SWCC Boat Senior Chief (as SOCS BIlly)
Roselyn Sanchez ... Lisa Morales
Jason Cottle ... Abu Shabal
Alex Veadov ... Christo
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An unprecedented blend of real-life heroism and original filmmaking, Act of Valor stars a group of active-duty Navy SEALs in a powerful story of contemporary global anti-terrorism. Inspired by true events, the film combines stunning combat sequences, up-to-the minute battlefield technology and heart-pumping emotion for the ultimate action adventure. Act of Valor takes audiences deep into the secretive world of the most elite, highly trained group of warriors in the modern world. When the rescue of a kidnapped CIA operative leads to the discovery of a deadly terrorist plot against the U.S., a team of SEALs is dispatched on a worldwide manhunt. As the valiant men of Bandito Platoon race to stop a coordinated attack that could kill and wound thousands of American civilians, they must balance their commitment to country, team and their families back home. Each time they accomplish their mission, a new piece of intelligence reveals another shocking twist to the deadly terror plot, which ... Written by Relativity Media

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The only easy day was yesterday. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence including some torture, and for language | See all certifications »

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Official site | Official site [Japan] | See more »

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian | Spanish

Release Date:

24 February 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I Am That Man See more »

Filming Locations:

USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,476,632, 26 February 2012, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$70,012,847

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$82,497,035
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Dolby Digital | Datasat

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Due to the SEALs deployment cycles principal photography of the film took two and half years. See more »

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While in Somalia taking pictures of "Bulldog" the Canon 20D (2004) viewfinder display shown is incorrect. Battery Power and ISO wasn't introduced until Canon 60D (2010). See more »

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[first lines]
Lieutenant Rorke: Before my father died, he said the worst thing about growing old was that other men stopped seeing you as dangerous. I've always remembered that, how being dangerous was sacred, a badge of honor. You live your life by a code, an ethos. Every man does. It's your shoreline. It's what guides you home. And trust me, you're always trying to get home.
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Connections

Followed by Act of Valor 2 See more »

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For You
Written by Monty Powell & Keith Urban
Performed by Keith Urban
Keith Urban appears courtesy of Hit Red Records
(Distributed by Capitol Records Nashville)
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What can I say, Excellent - Finally!
13 February 2012 | by qdixon-649-71792See all my reviews

If you are tired of Hollywood action movies that are poorly coordinated and where the directors just guess at everything, like I am, you are really going to like this movie.

Personally, I have actively served in the military and the thing that really bothers me is the non- realism of military roles that I see in movies. Directors and crew blatantly cut corners, hire no nothing actors and extras to portray military roles. Actual direction to the actors and extras that I have heard straight from their lips: "just to pretend because the audience doesn't know any better and doesn't care." Well WRONG, we do care...

There are of course directors that DO care for realism such as Ridley Scott & Oliver Stone. Directors that care hire people like Dale Dye or equivalent to produce such realism. It is a very hard thing to do when the "sides" or script simply say "insert tech talk" or "insert military maneuver" and your movie doesn't even have the technical adviser.

For someone who has been there and done that it is excruciating to see actors do everything wrong, shoulder rifles wrong and hear stupid and unrealistic dialog. Since my service ended I have been working in film and TV myself to somewhat try and make a difference in this manner.

This movie may not have Oscar winning acting, but it gave me a true chilling effect of realism. Some say they were not real active duty. Well I can't vouch for that but what I can tell you is that everything they did and said were extremely accurate and I have little problem in doubting that statement.

See/view the film as you want, some will see it as propaganda... Well, anyone showing pride in something is going to show everything at it's best and only the people who have never been there will confuse pride with propaganda. Freedom It is the right to be able to question and doubt everything, but it is the soldier that actually fights to provide this very freedom that everyone else takes advantage of. Sure others will see this film as a recruitment tool. Sure, and again when pride is shown in a cool way of course the young may choose a career in the military. The same being said with movies with doctors, firemen or policemen.

See this movie as a statement to reality in a technical way, pay attention to how things are spoken, how weapons are suppose to be used, held, fired and reloaded on the fly. When you use real military there is an automatic understanding of positioning. I understand that Hollywood need to be in there to actually film things and understand the need to make changes to do so but I could not find very much wrong with what I did see.

To mention live rounds... this is unheard of in film just because of the danger level and would never be accepted in civilian North America. That is why the movie was shot where it was and on live fire ranges. I am impressed.

I very much liked it and the portrayal of the soldier. I felt pride, technically things, were accurate and as they should be. Good Job!


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