During an attack on a U.S. compound in Libya, a security team struggles to make sense out of the chaos.

Director:

Michael Bay

Writers:

Chuck Hogan (screenplay), Mitchell Zuckoff (book)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Krasinski ... Jack Silva
James Badge Dale ... Tyrone 'Rone' Woods
Pablo Schreiber ... Kris 'Tanto' Paronto
David Denman ... Dave 'Boon' Benton
Dominic Fumusa ... John 'Tig' Tiegen
Max Martini ... Mark 'Oz' Geist
Alexia Barlier ... Sona Jillani
David Costabile ... Bob
Payman Maadi ... Amahl (as Peyman Moaadi)
Matt Letscher ... Ambassador Chris Stevens
Toby Stephens ... Glen 'Bub' Doherty
Demetrius Grosse ... DS Dave Ubben
David Giuntoli ... DS Scott Wickland
Kevin Kent ... DS Vincent
David Furr ... DS Alec
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Storyline

Libya, 2012. At an unofficial CIA base in Benghazi a group of ex-military contractors are providing security. In the aftermath of Gaddafi's downfall a power vacuum exists and the climate is volatile. Military weapons are freely available. The US Ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, makes a visit to the area, staying in a compound near the CIA base. On the night of 11 September, 2012, the Ambassador's compound is attacked by hordes of heavily armed locals. The only forces willing and able to defend it are six CIA contractors. Written by grantss

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In 2012, the threat level in Benghazi, Libya was deemed "critical". When everything went wrong, six men had the courage to do what was right. See more »


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Rated R for strong combat violence throughout, bloody images, and language | See all certifications »

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To prepare for his role as Tyrone Woods, James Badge Dale first met with the real Jack Silva. He also got to know Tyrone's mother. After she saw the movie, she told James that they did it right. See more »

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When Jack Silva arrives and disembarks in Benghazi he is wearing blue jeans. When he arrives at the CIA base he is wearing khaki cargo pants. See more »

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Title Card: 2012: The United States had 294 Diplomatic outposts worldwide. 12 were in places so dangerous the State Department deemed them threat level "critical."Two were in Libya: Tripoli and Benghazi.
Title Card: October 2011: U.S., French, and British forces attacked Libya by air. As the air campaign continued, the Libyan people violently deposed dictator Muammar Gaddafi after 42 years of tyrannical rule. Warring militia gangs raided Gaddafi's massive armories. Violent turf wars broke out. Benghazi became one of ...
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Alternate Versions

International release and American releases have an alternate shot when the characters are boarding the plane at the end of the movie. In one version 'Bob' the CIA base commander simply says 'Sorry' to Jack, and in others he says 'I'm proud to know Americans like you'. See more »

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Al Adhan (Doher)
Traditional, Arranged by Pat Jabbar
Performed by Youssef El Mejjad
Courtesy of Barraka El Farnatshi Productions
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An Absolute MUST See... Michael Bay actually pulled it off!?! A remarkable film.
15 January 2016 | by ThomasMagnumPISee all my reviews

Telling this story needed to be done and done right. Amazingly, Michael Bay achieves true greatness with this effort. I'm overwhelmed because no one could have known Bay had this movie in him as a director.

This is a masterful film in almost every aspect and certainly in every way that truly matters. Maybe knowing the real life set up and cover up to these events helps elevate the appreciation of what hits the screen but the film holds up well even if a viewer is unaware of world affairs. The premeditated, brutal attack in 2012 on two United States installations in Benghazi, Libya is a dark chapter in not only the war on terror but in U.S. history in general. Expertly depicting the events surrounding those attacks with such tension and emotion is a credit to this film and those that made it. This includes the remarkable cast who each were superb in their roles. Maybe the first act was a bit long as characters were established and maybe the over use of shaky cam early can be considered technical flaws but when a story is this well told and this well crafted, flaws like that fall quickly by the waste side.

The movie draws you in and makes you feel like you were there on that fateful night. Without getting overly political, it informs the viewer of what happened in riveting detail. It leaves the "why did this happen and who is to blame" for the viewer to decide. The courage on display and the charisma of those that serve comes across in a big way. That (along with current political consequences) is reason enough why this story needed to be told. Thank God that they did it justice.


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Country:

USA | Malta | Morocco

Language:

English | Arabic

Release Date:

15 January 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi See more »

Filming Locations:

Attard, Malta See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,194,738, 17 January 2016

Gross USA:

$52,853,219

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$69,411,370
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Color

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2.39 : 1
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