Lone Survivor (2013)

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  • IMDb page: Lone Survivor (2013)
  • Rate: 7.5/10 total 2,669 votes 
  • Genre: Action | Biography | Drama | Thriller | War
  • Release Date: 10 January 2014 (USA)
  • Runtime: 121 min
  • Filming Location: New Mexico, USA
  • Budget: $50,000,000 (estimated)
  • Director: Peter Berg
  • Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch | See full cast and crew »
  • Original Music By: Steve Jablonsky   
  • Soundtrack: Canned Heat
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital | Datasat | SDDS
  • Plot Keyword: Taliban | Death | Battle | Camaraderie | Navy Sea Air And Land Force

Writing Credits By:

  • Peter Berg (written by)
  • Marcus Luttrell (book) and
  • Patrick Robinson (book)

Known Trivia

  • Was made relatively cheaply by writer/director Peter Berg who labored to make it happen over five years. Involved only a 42-day shoot and $40 million budget. Stars Taylor Kitsch and Mark Wahlberg worked at a discount, as did Berg, for the mandatory Directors Guild minimum salary of $17,000 a week. 39 of 40 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • Actual military veterans were used in the film to fulfill extra and acting roles. 28 of 29 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • 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’. 20 of 21 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • Gregory “Rocky” Rockwood was one of the crewmembers awarded the 2004 Mackay Trophy for the “most meritorious flight of the year” by an Air Force person, persons, or organization. Jolly 11 and Jolly 12 crewmembers distinguished themselves by gallantry in connection with rescue operations near Kharbut, Iraq, on 16 April 2004. While supporting of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Jolly 11 Flight launched to rescue a five person crew of a U.S. Army CH-47 Chinook that crashed in a sandstorm with near zero-visibility. En route to the crash scene, crews realized their forward looking infra-red and night vision goggles were ineffective. Despite this handicap the crew of Jolly 11 was able to locate the survivors. Both aircraft then made near zero-visibility approaches relying nearly exclusively on the flight engineers and aerial gunners inputs for precision navigation. Following the successful survivor contacts and recovery by the Flight’s Pararescuemen, Jolly 11 and Jolly 12 were individually engaged by separate multiple surface-to-air missiles attacks. Using evasive maneuvers Jolly 11 evaded two missiles. Both Jolly 11 and Jolly 12 continued to provide support with defensive fire until the formation was clear of the threat area saving the lives of five U.S. Army personnel. 11 of 11 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • Peter Berg read the memoir alone in one sitting at a locked conference room during the production of Hancock (2008). 8 of 9 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • Peter Berg had planned to make this film before Battleship (2012), but Universal Pictures wanted him to reverse the priorities, and he relented. 6 of 7 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |

Plot: Based on the failed June 28, 2005 mission "Operation Red Wings". Four members of SEAL Team 10 were tasked with the mission to capture or kill notorious Taliban leader Ahmad Shahd. Full summary » |  »

Story: Based on the failed mission “Operation Red Wings” which tasked four members of SEAL Team 10 on June 28, 2005 to kill Taliban leader Ahmad Shah. They were quickly compromised and under attack. Written byAnonymous

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Produced By:

  • Braden Aftergood known as executive producer
  • Brandt Andersen known as executive producer
  • Sarah Aubrey known as producer
  • Peter Berg known as executive producer
  • Remington Chase known as executive producer
  • Dama Claire known as co-producer
  • Grant Cramer known as executive producer
  • Mark Damon known as executive producer
  • Randall Emmett known as producer
  • Simon Fawcett known as executive producer
  • Kerry Foster known as executive producer
  • Louis G. Friedman known as executive producer
  • George Furla known as executive producer
  • Akiva Goldsman known as producer
  • Lindsay Greitzer known as associate producer
  • Brandon Grimes known as co-producer
  • Norton Herrick known as producer
  • Petra Holtorf known as co-producer
  • Stephen Levinson known as producer
  • Stepan Martirosyan known as executive producer
  • Jeff Rice known as executive producer
  • Steven Saxton known as executive producer
  • Lauren Selig known as executive producer
  • Adi Shankar known as executive producer
  • Jason Shuman known as executive producer
  • Spencer Silna known as executive producer
  • Barry Spikings known as producer
  • Tamara Stuparich de la Barra known as executive producer
  • Mark Wahlberg known as producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Mark Wahlberg known as Marcus Luttrell
  • Taylor Kitsch known as Michael Murphy
  • Emile Hirsch known as Danny Dietz
  • Ben Foster known as Matt 'Axe' Axelson
  • Yousuf Azami known as Shah
  • Ali Suliman known as Gulab
  • Eric Bana known as Erik Kristensen
  • Alexander Ludwig known as Shane Patton
  • Rich Ting known as James Suh
  • Dan Bilzerian known as Healy
  • Jerry Ferrara known as Hasslert
  • Rick Vargas known as Crew Chief
  • Scott Elrod known as QRF SEAL
  • Gregory Rockwood known as Chinook Pilot No. 1
  • Ryan Kay known as Chinook Pilot No. 2
  • Patrick Griffin known as Chinook Co-Pilot
  • Josh Berry known as Communication SEAL
  • Eric Steinig known as SEAL Lieutenant
  • David Shepard known as CJSOTF Commander
  • Justin Tade known as CJSOTF Marine
  • Sterling Jones known as Bagram Comms Guy
  • Jason Riggins known as 50 Cal Gunner
  • Matthew Page known as Army Intel Guy
  • Johnny Bautista known as Lt. Edwards
  • Sammy Sheik known as Taraq
  • Nicholas Patel known as Goat Boy
  • Daniel Arroyo known as Teenage Goat Boy
  • Zarin Rahimi known as Goat Man
  • Rohan Chand known as Gulab's Young Son
  • Anthony McKenzie known as TOC Sr. Air Officer
  • Brian Call known as TOC SEAL
  • Ishmael Antonio known as Doctor
  • Samuel Cloud known as JAG
  • Perparim 'Peter' Bici known as Communication SEAL Perry
  • Henry Penzi known as Villager
  • Robert Loerke known as Captain Jacoby
  • Kurt Carlson known as Captain Lovas
  • Daniel Fulcoly known as Lt. Andrews
  • Michael P. Herrmann known as Wallace
  • Paul Craig known as 'EOD' Paul
  • Zabiullah Mirzai known as Zabi
  • John Hocker known as Hocker
  • Robert H. Doudell known as Village Elder (as Robert Doudell)
  • Hillel Michael Shamam known as Angry Villager
  • Edmund Blanchet known as PJ No. 1
  • Jim Cusic known as PJ No. 2
  • Todd Bethke known as Gulab's Elder (uncredited)
  • Scott Esquibel known as Gulab Villiger (uncredited)
  • Trey Holland known as Navy Seal (uncredited)
  • Jahan Khalili known as Gulab Villager (uncredited)
  • Corey Large known as SEAL Captain Kenney (uncredited)
  • Crystal Miller known as Afghan Widow (uncredited)
  • Tailor Murray known as Navy Seal (uncredited)
  • Frank Powers known as Musselman SEAL (uncredited)
  • Anthony Reynolds known as Navy Seal (uncredited)
  • Michael Salman known as Voice Actor (uncredited)

..{tab=Supporting Department}Makeup Department:

  • Georgia Allen known as assistant makeup artist
  • Howard Berger known as makeup department head
  • Jerrad Gray known as assistant makeup artist
  • Jamie Kelman known as makeup artist: Ben Foster
  • Peter Montagna known as key makeup artist
  • Vanessa Sharp known as hair stylist
  • Geordie Sheffer known as hair department head
  • Jon Shroyer known as day hire makeup
  • Corey Welk known as makeup artist

Art Department:

  • Brett Andrews known as prop master: second unit
  • Ulrike Auer-Erdoes known as set painter
  • Derrick Ballard known as set designer
  • Lance Cheatham known as set dressing gangboss
  • Heather Elwell known as art department coordinator
  • Chad Enloe known as labor/tool foreman
  • Francesco Ferrara known as painter
  • Douglas Fox known as property master
  • Ram Goradia known as set dresser
  • Trevor Goring known as storyboard artist: second unit
  • Bill Holmquist known as construction coordinator
  • Jeff House known as lead plaster/staff shop supervisor
  • Terry Kempf known as propmaker location foreman
  • Bruce L. Luizzi known as leadman
  • Vincent Luizzi known as set dresser (as Vince Luizzi)
  • Jacob Murphy known as painter
  • David Peck known as construction general foreman
  • Dennis Riewerts known as draper
  • Leonard Sanchez known as on-set greensman
  • James Sapienz known as set dresser
  • Richard Simeonoff known as carpenter
  • Meagan Skerchock known as set decoration assistant
  • David Thompson known as set dresser
  • Robert P. Trujillo known as set dresser
  • Adrian Valdes known as paint supervisor
  • Chris Windisch Jr. known as labor gangboss


Production Companies:

  • Emmett/Furla Films
  • Envision Entertainment Corporation
  • Film 44
  • Foresight Unlimited
  • Herrick Entertainment
  • Hollywood Studios International
  • Spikings Entertainment
  • Weed Road Pictures

Other Companies:

  • Absolut Video  HD video assist equipment by
  • BT Industrial Supply  expendables
  • Brand-in Entertainment  product integration
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera cranes
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera dollies
  • Company 3  Digital Intermediate
  • Direct Tools & Fasteners  expendables
  • I-25 Studios  sound stages and facilities
  • Keslow Camera  camera equipment provided by
  • Movie Movers  cast trailers
  • Movie Movers  honeywagon
  • Movie Movers  office trailer
  • Movie Movers  star trailers
  • Movie Movers  trucks
  • POP Sound  ADR Recording
  • Pictorvision  Eclipse aerial camera system
  • Scarlet Letters  end titles
  • Soundelux  post-production sound services


  • MG Film (2014) (Croatia) (all media)
  • Cinetel (2014) (Hungary) (theatrical)
  • E1 Films Canada (2014) (Canada) (theatrical)
  • Future Film (2013) (Finland) (theatrical)
  • Legend Cinemas (2013) (Cambodia) (theatrical)
  • Pony Canyon (2014) (Japan) (theatrical)
  • SND (2014) (France) (theatrical)
  • Toho-Towa (2014) (Japan) (theatrical)
  • Universal Pictures (2013) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures (2013) (Australia) (theatrical)
  • Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures (2014) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Dreamwest Pictures (2013) (Korea) (all media)
  • E Stars Films (2013) (China) (all media)
  • Foresight Unlimited (2013) (worldwide) (all media)
  • Midget Entertainment (2012) (Denmark) (all media)

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Special Effects:

  • Image Engine Design (visual effects)
  • Industrial Light & Magic (ILM)

Visual Effects by:

  • Lee Alexander known as lead matchmover: Image Engine
  • Marie-Ève Authier known as digital compositor
  • Florin Boieriu known as senior compositor: ILM
  • Cathleen M. Carden known as vfx production accountant
  • Karhoe Chan known as layout artist: Industrial Light & Magic
  • Chun-Ping Chao known as digital compositor
  • Freddy Chavez Olmos known as senior visual effects compositor
  • Michael Chochol known as data wrangler
  • Corey Coates known as compositor
  • Robert Cvengros known as tracking and matchmoving
  • Mike Diltz known as digital compositor: Image Engine
  • Jorik Dozy known as digital matte painter: ILM
  • Cristina Falcon known as animator: Image engine
  • Mei Gangwen known as effects technical director: ILM
  • Steve Garrad known as visual effects executive producer: Image Engine
  • Gillian George known as senior digital matte painter
  • Neil Grey known as pipeline developer: Image Engine
  • Maung Maung Hla Win known as lighting technical director: ILM
  • Justin Holt known as lead texture painter: Image Engine
  • Petra Holtorf known as visual effects producer
  • Natapon Huangsakuncharoen known as creature technical director: ILM
  • Brad Isdrab known as technical support
  • Sam Johnston known as digital compositor
  • Bryan P. Jones known as data wrangler
  • Bernhard Kimbacher known as compositing supervisor
  • Bernhard Kimbacher known as plate supervisor
  • Jesper Kjölsrud known as visual effects supervisor
  • Jean Le Koh known as digital artist: ILM
  • Nicha Kumkeaw known as compositor
  • Jesus Lavin known as lead compositor: Image Engine
  • Harrison Marks known as visual effects coordinator
  • Muhammad Marri known as texture artist: Image Engine
  • Jack McAllan known as roto artist (as Madeleine McAllan)
  • Glen McIntosh known as storyboard/previz artist
  • Frederic Medioni known as matchmove/layout artist: Image Engine
  • Zuzana Mikus known as visual effects coordinator
  • Stephen Misek known as character technical director
  • Derrick Mitchell known as visual effects editor
  • Pat Moreira known as layout: ILM
  • Victoria Mowlam known as visual effects producer: Image Engine
  • Conrad Olson known as compositor
  • Brian Peluso known as digital compositor
  • Pau Rocher known as digital compositor
  • Calvin Romeyn known as roto artist
  • Steve Ross known as digital compositor
  • Maya D. Roza known as digital compositor
  • Steve Sauers known as lead creature technical director
  • Joao Sita known as compositor: image engine
  • Nicole Smith known as roto artist
  • Mitchell Stuart known as matte painter: Image Design
  • Jeff Tetzlaff known as senior artitst: image engine
  • Nicholas Tey Kai Guan known as modeler: ILM
  • Duarte Victorino known as effects technical director: Industrial Light & Magic
  • Ross Wallis known as lighting technical director
  • Cameron Widen known as layout supervisor: Image Engine
  • Ryan Wiederkehr known as visual effects producer: ILM
  • Matt Yeoman known as compositor

MPAA: Rated R for strong bloody war violence and pervasive language


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Lone Survivor (2014)

Based on the failed June 28, 2005 mission “Operation Red Wings”. Four members of SEAL Team 10 were tasked with the mission to capture or kill notorious Taliban leader Ahmad Shahd.

One of two Oscar hopefuls for Universal Pictures (the other being Rush (2013)) Peter Berg’s contemporary wartime picture is apparently one tough sit, with a small team of Navy SEALS ultimately facing down 200-strong Al Qaeda soldiers. Audiences definitely accept Mark Wahlberg in serious-action mode, and this platform release should find momentum throughout the month of January.

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