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Special Forces (2011)

Forces spéciales (original title)
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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 »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Diane Kruger ... Elsa
Djimon Hounsou ... Kovax
Benoît Magimel ... Tic-Tac
Denis Ménochet ... Lucas
Raphaël Personnaz ... Elias
Alain Figlarz 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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French | English

Release Date:

2 November 2011 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Special Forces See more »

Filming Locations:

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


Box Office


€10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,759, 14 October 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$10,759, 14 October 2012
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Based on their respective beret colors and badges, Kovax, Lucas, Victor and Marius are all "Commandos Marine" of the French Navy, while Elias is most likely from the "No. 10 Air Parachute Commando" unit of the French Air Force and Tic-Tac is a Commando from the French Army's "1st Marine Infantry Parachute Regiment". France's Special Operations Command (COS) has direct operational command of all special operation units, and thus are able to select members from different branches based on mission needs. See more »


Pakistani Secret Service Officer's car and Ahmed Zaief's car both have the same license plate. See more »


Amen: Did I invite you into my country? Spreading democracy at gunpoint and drive my people crazy.
Elsa: It's still better than selling a 12-year old child.
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Pick Your God or Devil
Written by Ndidi O, Robin Foster
Performed by Ndidi O, Robin Foster
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Don't expect too much from this film
25 January 2013 | by david-sarkiesSee all my reviews

This was one of those films that when I saw the trailer I really wanted to see it, but when I actually saw it, while it didn't necessarily disappoint me, I had sort of been expecting more than it could have really delivered. Mind you, it is a good movie, and if you do like action flicks, then it is certainly a film to watch, but don't get too excited over it because basically it is a war movie made by the French but seems more Hollywood than a French film.

Basically the premise is that a war correspondent in Afghanistan is kidnapped by the Taliban and taken to the Tribal Lands in Pakistan, and the French government decide to commit a team of special forces operatives to rescue her. However, after a successful rescue, the extraction squad are unable to pick them up, so they are forced to march ten days over the Hindu Kush to attempt to get back to safety. Mind you, being stuck here they were there is no safety for miles, and I sort of wonder why they actually went into Afghanistan rather than going deeper into Pakhistan, but then it is probably because they weren't actually supposed to be there.

Mind you, the cinematography was brilliant, as was the story about the struggle against the elements and a multitude of enemies to get back home, and while people were dropping like flies (as can be expected in such a scenario) there were still a couple of unrealistic elements, such as the unlimited ammo the soldiers seemed to have, or the fact that she had developed frost bite, but did could still walk afterwards (or I thought it was supposed to be frost bite).

Mind you, this was not necessarily a film where we have some hard core western soldiers killing lots of Muslim extremists, because the film did indicate that there are differences within this culture, and that there are a lot of people who actually do not like the Taliban, and pretty much live in fear of them. This is particularly the case in the tribal village where the soldiers are shown hospitality, but then later when the Taliban arrive, they begin to gun down and abuse the villagers.

Look, this is a good film, but it is probably one that you would want to watch once and not worry about any more. In many cases I have seen many films like this before, but at least it seems a lot more realistic, and a lot more acceptable, than the Delta Force.

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