Special Forces

November 2nd, 2011


Special Forces

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A French journalist in Afghanistan is kidnapped by the Taliban.

Release Year: 2011

Rating: 6.1/10 (1,827 voted)

Director: Stéphane Rybojad

Stars: Diane Kruger, Djimon Hounsou, Benoît Magimel

A French journalist in Afghanistan is kidnapped by the Taliban.

Writers: Michael Cooper, Stéphane Rybojad

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


Official Website: Official Facebook |

Release Date: 2 November 2011

Filming Locations: Caylus, Tarn-et-Garonne, France

Box Office Details

Budget: €10,000,000 (estimated)

Technical Specs


Errors in geography: While the opening scene is set in Kosovo, the cars have French license plates.

User Review

Much better than I expected


Starts as the expected showy advertising for French armed forces (I love the genre but I understand it may not be everybody's cup of tea), then masquerades as some attempt at a lame military action storyline... And then before you know it you find yourself emotionally pulled into a story that provides its share of insights into the contemporary meaning of being a professional soldier. Obviously heavy support from the French armed forces to the production enables the attention to detail that provides credible full immersion into the environment through many vignettes. Stunning landscapes make that even better. Sure, a couple of tactical choices and implausible coincidences pivotal to the story look like concessions to the necessities of a Hollywood movie scenario... But I'll gladly forgive that - and the use of music too : the temptations of becoming a documentary or a caricature have been resisted after all, and what's left is an engaging survival story that will catch an audience far wider than the military niche.


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