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Forces spéciales (2011)

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A French journalist in Afghanistan is kidnapped by the Taliban.


Stéphane Rybojad


Stéphane Rybojad (adaptation), Michael Cooper (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
1 nomination. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Diane Kruger ... Elsa
Djimon Hounsou ... Kovax
Benoît Magimel ... Tic-Tac
Denis Ménochet ... Lucas
Raphaël Personnaz ... Elias
Alain Figlarz ... Victor
Alain Alivon Alain Alivon ... Marius
Mehdi Nebbou ... Amen
Raz Degan ... Ahmed Zaief
Tchéky Karyo ... Amiral Guezennec
Morjana Alaoui ... Maina
Didier Flamand Didier Flamand ... Jacques Beauregard
Jacques Gallo Jacques Gallo ... Le Pacha
Bernard Allouf Bernard Allouf ... Le President de La Republique
Marine Faure Marine Faure ... La Premier Ministre


In Afghanistan, French journalist Elsa and her colleague Amen are covering the story of Maina, a woman sold to a man when she was a child. Taliban leader Ahmed Zaief abducts Elsa and Amen and tries to force them to read a message to Western governments. The French president sends six Special Force to rescue Elsa who's hidden in a fortress in Pakistan. The team composed of Commander Kovax, Tic-Tac, Lucas, the sniper Elias, Victor and Marius release Elsa and Amen from their imprisonment but lose their radios. Now the group needs to cross the inhospitable land to save their lives with the Taliban chasing them. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Survival. Honor. Sacrifice.


Action | Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some violence | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Marius's character is played by a real Commando Marine of the french navy. He was commando than drill instructor for commando during 22 years. He do not play, his role in this movie is what he did for a long time as R Lee Ermey in Full Metal Jacket. See more »


While the opening scene is set in Kosovo, the cars have French license plates. See more »


Victor: Leave me. Leave me here.
Kovax: Sure, when you stop breathing.
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Written by Dan Donovan, Don Letts and Mick Jones
Performed by Big Audio Dynamite
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User Reviews

Gets boring after a while
8 March 2012 | by kochampivoSee all my reviews

I am not going to watch this movie again. Why? Because there was few moments in the movie where it felt real. Although some of the actors like the female reporter did a good job of acting, the surroundings didn't seem to be following. The action part looked like any other with the bad guys falling like flies and the good guys standing exposed to the bullets and nothing hitting them. The bad guys resembled zombies and just walked towards the bullets to die as soon as they could. Whenever any of the good guys were hit, everybody cried and screamed like it was the end of the world and they had a lot of time mourning right in the middle of sustained shootings. But the bad guys didn't care dying and as mentioned fell like flies to the ground. The chase scene also didn't look real. While the heroes had to pass high altitude in extremely cold and snow storm, the bad guys suddenly appeared and surprised them. Unlike the heroes, they had little clothing and no sign of wear and exhaustion. This movie could be a lot better if the action scene were a bit more realistic and the bad guys had more character and looked smarter. Other stuff that I didn't like was the fact that these guys where not found although the military had hundreds of ways of finding them. They didn't search for them and these guys had nothing electronic to send a signal back to base although they had everything else imaginable like infinite number of bullets to shoot during their journey. Sometimes in the movie you could see that they had used ideas from other movies to make it more dramatic. You can of course watch this movie but don't be afraid to get disappointed.

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Release Date:

2 November 2011 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Forces spéciales See more »

Filming Locations:

Caylus, Tarn-et-Garonne, France See more »


Box Office


EUR10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,759, 14 October 2012

Gross USA:


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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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