Zero Dark Thirty (2012)

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  • IMDb page: Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
  • Rate: 7.4/10 total 6,305 votes 
  • Genre: Action | Drama | History | Thriller
  • Release Date: 11 January 2013 (USA)
  • Runtime: 157 min
  • Filming Location: Manimajra Fort, Chandigarh, Punjab, India
  • Budget: $20,000,000(estimated)
  • Director: Kathryn Bigelow
  • Stars: Jessica Chastain, Joel Edgerton and Chris Pratt|See full cast and crew
  • Original Music By: Alexandre Desplat   
  • Soundtrack: Move Ya Body
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital | Datasat
  • Plot Keyword: Al Qaeda | Terrorist | Osama Bin Laden | Navy Seal | Shot In The Chest

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • Mark Boal  screenplay

Known Trivia

  • Joel Edgerton was originally cast in a leading role, but dropped out due to scheduling conflicts and was replaced by Jason Clarke. However, when the conflicts were resolved, Edgerton was able to return and Clarke was given another role.
  • Rooney Mara was originally cast but had to drop out and was replaced by Jessica Chastain.
  • At one point, Tom Hardy, Idris Elba and Guy Pearce were considered for different roles. Hardy was replaced by Mark Strong.
  • “0 dark 30” is a term commonly used by the military to refer to a non-specific time when it is dark outside, either very late or very early. However, the prevailing pronunciation is “oh dark thirty”.
  • The movie was originally about the unsuccessful decade-long manhunt for Osama bin Laden. The screenplay was completely re-written after bin Laden was killed.
  • Kathryn Bigelow James Cameron was previously in negotiations to direct the film, but dropped out due to production of the sequel of Avatar
  • This is Jeremy Hindle ‘s first feature-film work as production designer. Hindle previously collaborated with Australian cinematographer Greig Fraser on numerous TV commercial shoots. Director Bigelow lauded Hindle for his remarkably precise re-creation of the huge bin Laden compound – built from scratch in the Jordanian desert – in less than three months.
  • Jordan and Chandigarh (Capital of states Punjab & Haryana, in India), near the Pakistani border, were used as stand-ins to duplicate scenes taking place in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Some second unit film footage was also actually shot in Pakistan.
  • In ‘No Easy Day,’ the first-hand account of the attack and killing of Osama bin Laden, written by a member of the SEALs team, the movie’s lead character of CIA agent Maya, is known only as ‘Jen.’
  • The climactic sequence devoted to the raid on Osama’s compound runs about 25 minutes, only a few minutes less than the real-life SEALs assault.

Plot: A chronicle of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the September 2001 attacks, and his death at the hands of the Navy S.E.A.L. Team 6 in May, 2011. Full summary »  »

Story: Maya is a CIA operative whose first experience is in the interrogation of prisoners following the Al Qaeda attacks against the U.S. on the 11th September 2001. She is a reluctant participant in extreme duress applied to the detainees, but believes that the truth may only be obtained through such tactics. For several years, she is single-minded in her pursuit of leads to uncover the whereabouts of Al Qaeda's leader, Osama Bin Laden. Finally, in 2011, it appears that her work will pay off, and a U.S. Navy SEAL team is sent to kill or capture Bin Laden. But only Maya is confident Bin Laden is where she says he is.Written by Jim Beaver <>  


Synopsis: Part 1: THE SAUDI GROUP

Two Years After Sept. 11 CIA BLACK SITE:

Dan (Jason Clarke) walks into a dingy room where a terrorist financier, Ammar (Reda Kateb), is being held captive by several other CIA members wearing balaclavas. He makes the rules clear: If Ammar doesn’t look at him when he’s being addressed, Dan will hurt Ammar. If Ammar steps off the mat he’s on or lies about anything, Dan will hurt him. Dan has Ammar put in further restraints and beckons to one of the masked individuals to follow him outside. He orders his men not to talk to Ammar.

Outside, the masked individual removes her mask she is a young CIA agent named Maya (Jessica Chastain). He apologizes for how intense the interrogation is because she has only recently come from Washington. Dan explains that their process takes a while because Ammar needs to know how helpless he is. He offers to get her a coffee but she tells him that they should go back in. He offers her back a balaclava but she declines, asking if Ammar is ever getting out. "Never" says Dan.

The pair go back in and Dan tells him that Ammar needs to understand his situation. He knows all about Ammar, had plenty of opportunities to kill him, but let him live so they could have this talk. Ammar screams that Dan is nothing more than a garbage man for his corporation but Dan retorts that Ammar is a terrorist who helped finance the September 11th attack in the USA and was caught with explosives in his house when they came for him. But Dan also makes it clear he doesn’t want to talk about Sept. 11 and he wants to know about the Saudi Group. Ammar refuses to talk so Dans men set up mats as Dan forces him to the ground. Maya hands Dan a bucket and a towel so that Dan can water board him. He asks for an email and demands to know when was the last time Ammar saw Bin Laden. At the end of the session, Dan makes it clear that in the end everyone breaks.

Maya sits in a waiting room. Dan brings their boss, station chief Joseph Bradley (Kyle Chandler), to meet her. She mentions that what she saw was a bit fucked up and Bradley is surprised, having assumed that she volunteered for this position. Bradley buzzes her into a secure wing and Dan asks if Maya is ready, but Bradley just points out that the CIA needs to break in the next generation. Maya settles into her desk and waits until she is brought into a small conference room where fellow CIA agents Jessica (Jennifer Ehle), Jack (Harold Perrineau), Thomas (Jeremy Strong), and J.J. (J.J. Kandel) are working on the latest intelligence reports. Dan points out that Ammar is withholding on the Saudi Group while Jennifer gives updates on the latest leads. Maya points out that some of their assumptions are based on pre-9/11 behavior rendered moot by the invasion of Afghanistan.

Morning prayers wake Maya from an uneasy sleep on her couch. She and Dan check in on Ammar still suspended by rope and deprived of sleep using heavy metal music. Dan pulls up a chair and seats Ammar in it, providing him with a bottle of fruit juice and some food. He asks Ammar about the Saudi Group and Ammar insists that he only handles money and that he doesn’t know who the guys that he finances are. Dan kicks the chair out from under Ammar and has Ammar pulled up ripping down his pants to show that he has shit himself. Dan and the other agents leave, putting Maya alone in the room with Ammar. Ammar tells Maya that Dan is an animal and begs her for help. She tells him that he can help himself by being truthful. Dan returns with a dog collar and forces it around Ammar’s neck he’s Dan’s dog and needs to be walked. He drags him over to a box a very confined spot, smaller than a coffin threatening to put Ammar in there if Ammar doesnt tell him about the impending attack. Ammar starts naming days of the week but not a location, so Dan forces him into the box and leaves him there.

May 29, 2004.

A group of AQ terrorists unload guns on civilians in Khobar, Saudi Arabia targeting non-Muslims and Americans. Jessica, Dan, and Maya watch the footage in the aftermath. Jessica tells Dan that it’s not on him but Dan insists that since Ammar is their prisoner the deaths are on him and Maya. Jessica points out that there are still other plots in motion that they can wring out of Ammar, including a planned attack in the London-Heathrow area. Maya realizes that since Ammar has been in complete isolation, they can lie about the outcome of the attack and claim that it was thwarted by Ammar in his sleep deprived state.

Ammar is brought out of his confinement and informed that his intel was good. Dan asks what Ammar did after the invasion. Ammar said the choice was to fight or run, and he wanted to kill Americans. He continues to talk about the members of the AQ cell but in vague terms until Dan makes it clear that he will put Ammar back in the box if Ammar doesn’t start naming names. Ammar spills all the details he can including that his uncle once worked for Bin Laden and that Ammar had seen him in Karachi with a letter from the shah which said to keep working on the jihad keep it renewed for a hundred years. Finally Ammar gives them a name: Abu Ahmed.


Maya watches a computer monitor and studies old interrogation tapes looking at each of the suspects and studying their stories. Apparently, Bin Laden uses a complex network of carriers to relay messages to his supporters. She takes a break to make some food and Jessica walks in to ask how the search for the needle in the haystack is going. Jessica suggests that at the end of the day, everyone can be swayed with money an idea that Maya questions since it doesn’t fit the motivations of a jihadist. But Jessica retorts that the weaker members would be swayed with money.

Putting on a dark colored wig to conceal her red hair, Maya is escorted to a CIA Black Site in Poland. Hakim (Fares Fares), a fellow agent and interpreter, brings her to their prisoner. They ask him a few questions and he claims that he had contact with a man known only as Fahraj. Maya is suspicious that the suspect is simply making it up until the prisoner names all of Fahraj’s children. He confirms that there was a network in place to pass messages on. Maya takes this information back to Bradley and gives him a report. Bradley points out that her hunt for Abu Ahmed has been fruitless because she doesn’t know his real name or where to find him. She retorts that the fact that everyone has heard of Abu Ahmed means that he is important. He tells her to let him know when there’s actionable intelligence so that they can order a strike.

London, England. July 7, 2005.

A double decker bus explodes. News footage of this latest AQ attack plays out on Bradley’s computer monitor and in Mayas kitchen. On Bagram Air Force Base in Afghanistan, Dan feeds a monkey from his ice cream cone when he is informed that his detainee is ready. Maya is escorted into an ISI Detention Center in Pakistan. Her detainee is cooperative and tells her everything she wants to know about Abu Ahmed a most trusted courier who cannot be found because he is one of the disappeared ones.

A man has an object strapped to his leg and is told, God willing, they will not have to use it. We follow the man as he walks through a complex where children are playing. His walk is observed by Dan. Individuals dressed like Muslim woman in all black follow him as he goes to meet with Fahraj. The Muslim women are revealed to be soldiers who grab Fahraj and swarm him rifles pointed at his chest. Bradley presents Maya with paperwork and tells her that she has a one on one with Fahraj.

Dan escorts Fahraj to his cage a private cell with barbed wire around the sides. Dan says that hes bad news for men like Fahraj and that Dan isnt going to help him, hes going to break him. Asked if hes hungry, Fahraj has a tube shoved down his throat and blended food is forced down his throat. He is a difficult prisoner so Maya asks Dan if he will take a crack at Fahraj but he says no he’s done this long enough. He’s getting sent back to go to Washington and do something normal. He asks her to come back with him and be his number 2 but she says she wont find Abu Ahmed from DC. Dan warns her that politics are changing and that she needs to make sure shes not the last one holding the dog collar. And since everyone knows her in Pakistan she’s going to need to start watching her back.

September 20, 2008, Marriott Hotel, Islamabad, Pakistan.

Jessica waits at a table and waves to Maya as she arrives still attached to her phone. Maya apologizes for being late because of the check points. Jessica reminds Maya that they are socializing and pours her a glass of wine. Maya makes it clear that Abu Ahmeds mystique confirms his importance when a bomb goes off outside the Marriott destroying most of the interior. Maya and Jessica struggle to find an exit passing numerous staff and diners who have either been killed or wounded by the bomb. A truck outside had been stopped at a check point and carried pounds of explosives which the driver detonated.


Tribal Territories, Pakistan: A meeting of Bin Laden’s inner circle occurs while someone records it. Jessica walks up to Maya ecstatic proclaiming that the Jords have a mole. She shows Maya the video of the meeting and explains that a Jordanian doctor has made it into the inner circle. Bradley doesnt buy it but the Jords claimed that money and patriotic duty would be enough to sway him from Bin Laden and the jihad. Maya points out that the guy is full of shit they just have to meet him face to face. She helps Jessica convince Bradley to approve the operation.

Jessica tries to get the doctor to come to Islamabad but the doctor refuses on the grounds that traveling out of the Muslim world would make him appear to be a flight risk. An interview of Obama talking about Americas moral stature plays in the background as Jessica tells Maya that the doctor would be willing to meet with Jessica in the Tribal territories. Maya points out that as a white woman Jessica would definitely be kidnapped. They brainstorm with a fellow agent who suggests Camp Chapman in Afghanistan as a safe area of compromise.

On the phone with Maya, Jessica decorates a cake for the doctor. Maya laughs and points out that Muslims dont celebrate with cake. Jessica scolds her for being so literal and invites Maya out. Maya declines – it is Jessicas lead and she deserves to run the show.

Jessica meets with a CIA agent John for drinks and they toast to the doctor their first big break since 9/11. Shes cross-checked all the information that theyve been provided with and it checks out. The money – $25 million buys a new life. John posits that the doctor is exaggerating his access but Jessica points out that in 6 months to a year, the doctor could be treating Bin Laden. With the money on the table, the doctor will flip – or theyll kill him.

Jessica and the other interrogators wait out in the base and everyone is on edge. Jessica is excited about the meeting but the doctor is late. When he looks like a no-show, a car appears on the horizon and gets stopped at a check point. Jessica insists that he be ushered through the check point without being searched per the agreement they had made beforehand. The car is driven in and an old man gets out. When the soldiers ask him to take his hand out of his pockets, he detonates a bomb killing everyone in the vicinity including Jessica and John.

Maya hears the news about the bombing and is distraught. Several co-workers come and talk to her giving her updates including news that a detainee has confirmed Abu Ahmed as dead. Maya is on the edge of a breakdown. That night, Jack approaches her to console her about Jessicas death and asks what shes going to do now. She tells Jack that shes going to smoke out everyone involved in the operation and kill Bin Laden.

George (Mark Strong) arrives to brief Maya and her co-workers in the aftermath of the bombing, pointing out that they are losing the fight against their enemy. He yells that they havent done shit killing four of the 20 members of Bin Ladens inner circle is a terrible success rate. He demands they do their jobs and bring him people to kill.

Maya is given a file on a man called Ibrahim Sayeed whose extended family was involved in terrorist activities. She is told that it was a lead that had been on the backburner for a while as a result of all the white noise. Maya goes over the Abu Ahmed files one more time and realizes that Sayeed and Abu Ahmed have many similar facial features due to their family relations. Maya calls Dan in Washington and points out that Abu Ahmed might not be dead since the three eldest brothers looked alike, the picture theyve been associating with him is wrong. Abu Ahmed is still in play. She asks him to get the Sayeed familys phone number.

Dan goes to talk to The Wolf (Fredric Lehne), a shadowy high-ranking official in the U.S. government, and requests a couple hundred thousand dollars to break open Maya’s lead. The Wolf tells Dan that there is a lot of oversight going on and that they will not stop until they have a body, so Dan makes a deal he ran some of the ops that are currently under question if the Wolf backs him financially, he will return the favor by defending the methods used to an oversight committee.

Kuwait City, Kuwait.

Dan meets with one of his highly placed contacts and buys him a Lamborghini in exchange for the phone number. Maya meets with Larry (Edgar Ramirez) from Ground Branch and has him start hunting for Abu Ahmed. Larry and Hakim go for a drive in the city and begin to trace the identity of the Sayeed brother who is likely Abu Ahmed.

In the aftermath of an attempted car bombing in NYC, Maya tries to talk to Bradley about the ground surveillance on the caller which Bradley says they don’t have. Bradley wants to dismiss her lead because it is not relevant He doesn’t give a shit about Bin Laden, he only cares about stopping the next attack. Their goal is to protect the homeland, but Bradley points out that Maya’s lead is a fucking facilitator. Maya threatens Bradley telling him to give her the team she needs or send her back to DC and face a hearing before congress to be the first station chief to be called before congress for subverting the effort to find and kill Bin Laden. Bradley tells her she’s fucking crazy but gives the order.

Jack approaches Maya in a bar and gives her a cell phone her suspect bought a new phone and they cloned a copy so that whenever his phone rings this cloned phone will ring as well. Hakim, Larry, and a third agent follow the signal on the phone in Pakistan. After briefly being stopped and threatened by locals, they drive away and are able to find the owner of the cell phone. They ID him and photograph his vehicle.

A crowd of protesters outside the CIA facility in Pakistan protest Bradley having been named in a lawsuit by the family of a victim of a drone strike by the ISI. Bradley is recalled to the United States removing him from his position. Maya tells him that the ISI fucked him, but he says nothing.

Larry and Hakim follow the suspects vehicle to a compound. As Maya leaves her house, a pair of terrorists emerge and open fire on her vehicle. The bulletproof glass catches the bullets and she reverses back into her driveway while the gate closes behind her preventing the terrorists from finishing the job. The new station chief points out that she is now on a list and once you’re on a terrorists list you don’t get off. When Maya is given information on the compound, she realizes that is likely where Bin Laden is holed up.

Going up the chain of command, Maya meets with George and another analyst named Steve (Mark Duplass). Steve takes her into a private conference room to discuss what she is about to present to the Director of the CIA. He asks Maya if the Pakistanis are involved but Maya points out that Bin Laden has no reason to seek the protection of the Pakistanis since they tried to have him killed too. The Director (James Gandolfini) arrives and Steve begins his presentation with George answering the Directors questions the house is about a mile away from the Pakistanis equivalent to West Point. Maya corrects Georges estimation by saying 8/10ths of a mile The Director asks who Maya is and she says shes the motherfucker who found the house.

Maya goes to Georges office and writes on the see-through partition 21, as in the number of days since theyve found the house that George has not green-lit an operation. Soon 21 becomes 52." Steve shows satellite imagery of the compound and points out that there are two males and three females which means that there is likely a third family in the house, based on Muslim traditions. George meets with the head of the NSA (Stephen Dillane) who questions as to how they know Bin Laden is in the compound. George assesses all their attempts and the actions of the third, unidentified male, and points out that they are professional attempts to avoid detection. The only people who behave like this are at the head of al-Qaeda. The NSA head points out that theres a 40% chance its a head of al-Qaeda but it could easily be a drug dealer. George points out that they cant ask anyone since the detainee program went to hell.

Day 100.

George meets with the NSA head again this guy cant be a drug dealer since he does nothing related to heroin production and sends messengers to two cities highly associated with al-Qaeda. After the meeting, George approaches the NSA head and points out he doesnt have the rhythm of the politics. The NSA head points out that if it were political hed just tell George to go fuck himself instead, this operation is pure risk. The NSA head said that this is shakier than when Georges predecessor pitched WMDs in Iraq. George asks him how they can quantify the risk of not making a move. The NSA head says that hes not giving the go-ahead but that the President would like to hear options.

Area 51, Nevada Air Force Base.

George, Dan, and Maya are flown out to meet with Seal Team Six and look at several old helicopters that are immune to radar. Seal Team Six thinks they will be going up against Gaddafi in Libya but Maya explains that they are actually going after Bin Laden. Justin (Chris Pratt) is skeptical he was part of a mission back in 2007 that cost them guys and was a ghost. Patrick (Joel Edgerton) the squad leader expresses his skepticism, but Maya makes it clear that Seal Team Six are the canaries who will go in, find Bin Laden and kill him for her since she cant get authorization to just drop a bomb on the place.

Day 129.

The CIA Director calls a meeting with George, Dan, Maya, The Wolf, and a consultant named Jeremy (John Barrowman), and they try and determine how accurate their Intel is. Dan says theres a 60% chance theres a high level target in the house he doesnt know if its Bin Laden. George says 80% but Jeremy asks Maya what she thinks. Maya says 100% which impresses Jeremy and the Director. When they leave the room, the Director says theyre all cowed. Jeremy says that Mayas fucking smart, but the Director says: "theyre all fucking smart".

Maya eats lunch in a CIA cafeteria and the CIA Director approaches her. He asks her how long shes been with the CIA and she tells him that she was recruited out of high school so shes been working for them for 12 years. He asks her what else shes done for the CIA aside from Bin Laden and she says nothing. He smiles and says she certainly has a flair for it.


May 1, 2011. Forward Operating base, Afghanistan:

The choppers are being refitted for the mission. Patrick, Justin, and the rest of Seal Team Six clean their weapons and fool around. Hakim and Maya are on site to oversee the operation. Maya watches Patrick and Justin play horse shoes and discuss whether or not the operation is concrete. Patrick points out that Maya’s confidence convinces him that this intelligence is accurate. Maya gets a call from George; its happening tonight.

Seal Team Six board the three helicopters and fly out towards the compound. When they arrive, one of the helicopters power cuts and it crash lands onto a section of the compound. The soldiers are a little banged up but they are alive. The exit and begin to go through the compound while one soldier remains behind to rig the downed hawk with explosives for their departure.

Going from building to building, the Seals kill anyone who goes for a gun; all the men, and a few women. They round up the kids and put them together in a room with the women. While more and more people head towards the compound, Hakim walks out and tells the crowd gathering that anyone who approaches further will be killed. Justin finds an office loaded with files and computers; an intelligence jackpot.

Patrick and the others go through the main building. Jared, one of the other soldiers, takes a shot at a man on the third floor and downs him. Patrick walks up to the body and plants a few more bullets into the man’s body, removing his mask and radioing in that they have a possible positive ID. He takes a picture and they put him in a body bag. Their Squad commander radios in and tells them that they have six minutes to get back to the helicopters with the body and whatever Intel they can seize as the Pakistan air force is responding to the crash.

Maya receives confirmation that the plan worked. Geronimo for God and Country. The Seals grab what they can and escape to the remaining two helicopters. They take off and detonate the downed air craft so the Pakistanis cant reverse-engineer any of their cloaking software. The helicopters return to base and Patrick is congratulated for running a successful op. Maya is presented with the body and the intelligence they seized. The Seals congratulate themselves while Maya goes in to unzip the body bag, confirming that Bin Laden is dead.

A plane is waiting for Maya on the tarmac and she is told that she is the only passenger she can go wherever she wants. The pilot comments that she must be really important, but doesn’t know what she’s done. As the planes hangar door closes, Maya begins to cry.

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Produced By:

  • Kathryn Bigelow known as producer
  • Mark Boal known as producer
  • Matthew Budman known as co-producer
  • Megan Ellison known as producer
  • Jonathan Leven known as co-producer
  • Tabrez Noorani known as line producer: India
  • Pravesh Sahni known as associate producer: India
  • Ted Schipper known as executive producer
  • Greg Shapiro known as executive producer
  • David Ticotin known as associate producer
  • Colin Wilson known as executive producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Jason Clarke known as Dan
  • Reda Kateb known as Ammar
  • Jessica Chastain known as Maya
  • Kyle Chandler known as Joseph Bradley
  • Jennifer Ehle known as Jessica
  • Harold Perrineau known as Jack
  • Jeremy Strong known as Thomas
  • J.J. Kandel known as J.J.
  • Wahab Sheikh known as Detainee on Monitor
  • Alexander Karim known as Detainee on Monitor
  • Nabil Elouahabi known as Detainee on Monitor
  • Aymen Hamdouchi known as Detainee on Monitor
  • Simon Abkarian known as Detainee on Monitor
  • Ali Marhyar known as Interrogator on Monitor
  • Parker Sawyers known as Interrogator on Monitor
  • Akin Gazi known as Interrogator on Monitor
  • Derek Siow known as Interrogator on Monitor
  • Fares Fares known as Hakim
  • Mohammad K. known as Cargo Ship Detainee
  • Henry Garrett known as Bagram Guard
  • Homayoun Ershadi known as Hassan Ghul
  • Darshan Aulakh known as Pakistani Detention Center Guard
  • Navdeep Singh known as Faraj Courier
  • Yoav Levi known as Abu Faraj al-Libbi
  • Sukhdeep Singh known as Pakistani Guard at Marriott
  • Musa Sattari known as Human Khalil al-Balawi
  • David Menkin known as Case Officer
  • Scott Adkins known as John
  • Eyad Zoubi known as Zied
  • Julian Lewis Jones known as Blackwater Guard
  • Christian Contreras known as C.I.A. Security
  • Lauren Shaw known as Lauren
  • Zachary Becker known as Embassy Tech
  • Mark Strong known as George
  • John Antonini known as Analyst at Embassy
  • Jessica Collins known as Debbie
  • Fredric Lehne known as The Wolf
  • Ashraf Telfah known as Kuwaiti Businessman
  • Édgar Ramírez known as Larry from Ground Branch
  • Jonathan Olley known as Tech from Ground Branch
  • Ben Lambert known as N.S.A. Tech
  • Manraaj Singh known as Rawal Caller
  • Tushaar Mehra known as Abu Ahmed
  • Daniel Lapaine known as Tim – Station Chief
  • Udayan Baijal known as Guard at Maya's Apartment
  • Mark Duplass known as Steve
  • James Gandolfini known as C.I.A. Director
  • Stephen Dillane known as National Security Advisor
  • John Schwab known as Deputy National Security Advisor
  • Martin Delaney known as Assistant to National Security Advisor
  • Nabil Koni known as Pakistani Doctor
  • Anthony Edridge known as General in Hangar
  • John Barrowman known as Jeremy
  • Jeff Mash known as Deputy Director of C.I.A.
  • Joel Edgerton known as Patrick – Squadron Team Leader
  • Chris Pratt known as Justin – DEVGRU
  • Taylor Kinney known as Jared – DEVGRU
  • Callan Mulvey known as Saber – DEVGRU
  • Siaosi Fonua known as Henry – DEVGRU
  • Phil Somerville known as Phil – DEVGRU
  • Nash Edgerton known as Nate – DEVGRU EOD
  • Mike Colter known as Mike – DEVGRU
  • Frank Grillo known as Squadron Commanding Officer
  • Brett Praed known as DEVGRU Operator
  • Aron Eastwood known as DEVGRU Operator
  • Heemi Browstow known as DEVGRU Operator
  • Chris Scarf known as DEVGRU Operator
  • Barrie Rice known as DEVGRU Operator
  • Robert Young known as DEVGRU Operator
  • Spencer Coursen known as DEVGRU Operator
  • Chris Perry known as DEVGRU Operator
  • Alex Corbet Burcher known as DEVGRU Operator
  • Robert G. Eastman known as DEVGRU Operator
  • Tim Martin known as DEVGRU Operator
  • Mitchell Hall known as DEVGRU Operator
  • Alan Pietruszewski known as Pilot
  • Kevin LaRosa Jr. known as Pilot
  • M.D. Selig known as Pilot (as Michael David Selig)
  • Benjamin John Parrillo known as Pilot (as Ben Parrillo)
  • Christopher Stanley known as Admiral Bill McCraven
  • Hadeel Shqair known as Abu Ahmed's Wife
  • Noureddine Haijjoujou known as Abrar
  • Nour Alkawaja known as Abrar's Wife
  • Malika Sayd known as UBL Wife
  • Siham Rida known as UBL Wife
  • Moula Siham known as UBL Wife
  • Zalfa Seurat known as UBL Wife
  • Tarick Hadouch known as Khalid
  • Ricky Sekhon known as OBL
  • Mark Valley known as C-130 Pilot
  • Lee Asquith-Coe known as Sean Cohen (uncredited)
  • Shabana Azmi known as (uncredited)
  • Greg Bennett known as CIA Agent (uncredited)
  • James Garson Chick known as Navy Seal (uncredited)
  • Grant Chism known as CIA employee (uncredited)
  • Nick Donald known as CIA Agent (uncredited)
  • Jo Hart known as CIA Operative (uncredited)
  • Josh Kelly known as (uncredited)
  • James Lowe known as CIA Agent (uncredited)
  • Sean Mahon known as (uncredited)
  • Damien Moreno known as Shooter #2 (uncredited)
  • Nathan Nolan known as Prince Pilot 52 (uncredited)
  • Michael C. Pierce known as American Businessman (uncredited)
  • Alan D. Purwin known as Helicopter Pilot (uncredited)
  • George Russo known as (uncredited)
  • Jasper Salon known as CIA Tech (uncredited)
  • Senem Temiz known as CIA Agent (uncredited)
  • Omid Zader known as Shooter #1 (uncredited)

..{tab=Supporting Department}Makeup Department:

  • Corinne Bossu known as makeup artist: dailies
  • Virginia Holmes known as hairdresser: India
  • Virginia Holmes known as makeup artist
  • Charlie Hounslow known as second unit: makeup artist
  • Daniel Parker known as hair designer
  • Daniel Parker known as makeup/hair/prosthetics designer
  • Lesley Smith known as key hair stylist
  • Lesley Smith known as key makeup artist
  • Matthew Smith known as prosthetic sculptor

Art Department:

  • Maudie Andrews known as assistant set decorator
  • Samudrika Arora known as set decoration buyer
  • Alex Boswell known as chargehand dressing props: India
  • Matthew Broderick known as standby props
  • Christopher Brändström known as concept artist
  • Christopher Carlson known as assistant set decorator
  • Todd Cherniawsky known as art director: helicopter
  • Ryan Church known as concept designer
  • Andres Cubillan known as assistant art director
  • Colin Ellis known as chargehand dressing propman
  • Martin J. Gibbons known as construction coordinator
  • Barry Gibbs known as property master
  • Michael A. Heath known as prop paperwork
  • Jason Hopperton known as chargehand dressing prop
  • Rhys Ifan known as assistant art director
  • Samy Keilani known as construction manager
  • Karim Kheir known as set/props buyer
  • Onkar Khot known as art department assistant
  • Chris Kitisakkul known as graphic designer
  • Thierry Labbe known as leadman: Los Angeles
  • Emad Al Muhtaseb known as painter
  • Mitch Niclas known as on set prop master
  • Edward Nua known as propmaker foreman
  • Samer Raie known as assistant art director
  • Lee Ross known as lead scenic
  • Wesam alabed Shadid known as scenic painter
  • Gurubaksh Singh known as graphic designer
  • Mark Smith known as dressing props
  • Gary Thomas known as storyboard artist
  • Nasser Zoubi known as set/props buyer


Production Companies:

  • Annapurna Pictures

Other Companies:

  • Imagenation Abu Dhabi FZ  funding
  • Casting Collective  extras casting
  • Codex Digital  digital recording equipment
  • Company 3  digital intermediate
  • Compuhire  computer playback
  • Digilab Services  digital film workflow
  • Dolby Laboratories  sound mix
  • Flying Pictures  aerial filming services provided by
  • H & H Films  camera equipment provided by
  • India Take One Productions  Production Services (India)
  • Madison Gate Records  soundtrack
  • Panavision UK  camera equipment provided by
  • Pictorvision  Eclipse aerial camera system
  • Pivotal Post  Avid HD Editing Equipment Provided By
  • Scallywag Travel  travel agent
  • Stone Management  product placement
  • Studio Line  post-production sound services (ISDN/ADR)


  • A-Film Distribution (2013) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Columbia Pictures (2012) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Distribution Company (2013) (Argentina) (theatrical)
  • GAGA (2013) (Japan) (theatrical)
  • Golden Village Pictures (2013) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Universal Pictures International (UPI) (2013) (Germany) (theatrical)
  • Universal Pictures International (UPI) (2013) (France) (theatrical)
  • Universal Pictures (2012) (Non-USA) (all media)

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Special Effects:

  • Image Engine Design (VFX)

Visual Effects by:

  • Lee Alexander known as lead matchmove: Image Engine
  • Geoff Anderson known as visual effects producer: Image Engine
  • Stephen Chan known as visual effects data wrangler
  • Chun-Ping Chao known as digital compositor
  • Nicolas Chombart known as senior technical director: lighting
  • Mei Chu known as roto/paint artist
  • Johnson Chuang known as matchmove artist: Image Engine
  • Miodrag Colombo known as senior compositor: Image Engine
  • Natalia Diaz known as compositor
  • Sigurjón F. Gardarsson known as digital compositor
  • 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
  • David Hall known as visual effects editor
  • Chris Harvey known as visual effects supervisor
  • Jeremy Hattingh known as visual effects plate supervisor
  • Anita Ho known as visual effects coordinator: Image Engine
  • Marco Iozzi known as digital matte painter
  • Sam Johnston known as digital compositor
  • Jesus Lavin known as lead compositor: Image Engine
  • Chris Lucas known as roto artist
  • Muhammad Marri known as texture artist: Image Engine
  • Andy Martinez Calzadilla known as texture artist
  • Madeleine McAllan known as roto artist
  • Henrique Moser known as digital compositor: Image Engine
  • Thijs Noij known as digital compositor: Image Engine
  • Jim Parsons known as digital compositor
  • Aymeric Perceval known as digital compositor: Image Engine
  • Eric Ponton known as digital compositor: Image Engine
  • Ricardo Quintero known as compositor
  • Prashant Raj known as roto/paint artist
  • Steve Ross known as digital compositor
  • Nicole Smith known as roto artist
  • Jeff Tetzlaff known as senior artist Image Engine
  • Shivas Thilak Anthikkat known as paint & roto artist
  • Mike Uguccioni known as visual effects supervisor
  • Ruslan Vasylev known as modeler
  • Noel Wright known as compositor
  • Matt Yeoman known as digital compositor
  • Harry Yoon known as visual effects editor
  • Gwen Zhang known as compositor: Image Engine
  • Ivan Imanishi known as research & development: Image Engine (uncredited)
  • Melissa Krystofiak known as digital modeler (uncredited)

Release Date:

  • USA 19 December 2012 (limited)
  • Spain 4 January 2013
  • Taiwan 11 January 2013
  • USA 11 January 2013
  • Portugal 17 January 2013
  • Singapore 17 January 2013
  • Brazil 18 January 2013
  • France 23 January 2013
  • Netherlands 24 January 2013
  • Finland 25 January 2013
  • Ireland 25 January 2013
  • UK 25 January 2013
  • Belgium 30 January 2013
  • Argentina 31 January 2013
  • Australia 31 January 2013
  • Germany 31 January 2013
  • Greece 31 January 2013
  • Israel 31 January 2013
  • New Zealand 31 January 2013
  • Lithuania 1 February 2013
  • Sweden 1 February 2013
  • Turkey 1 February 2013
  • Denmark 7 February 2013
  • Hong Kong 7 February 2013
  • Italy 7 February 2013
  • Iceland 8 February 2013
  • Norway 8 February 2013
  • Poland 8 February 2013
  • Japan 15 February 2013
  • Chile 21 February 2013
  • Russia 21 February 2013

MPAA: Rated R for strong violence including brutal disturbing images, and for language


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